Scarborough gears up for halloween, mischief night and bonfire night!

by Dave Barry • Photos by Dav White and Dave Barry

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us - and with it comes halloween, mischief night and Guy Fawkes night.

Expect to see hollowed pumpkins with crazy faces and candles, children wearing special-effects make-up and getting up to mischief, trick-or-treat, fireworks and bonfires.

Halloween is on 31 October, mischief night is 4 November and Guy Fawkes night is traditionally 5 November, although many community bonfires will this year be lit the night before, on the Saturday.

Public bonfires and displays will be held in Burniston, West Ayton, Cayton, Filey and Hunmanby - but not Scarborough.

The two Scarborough sites favoured in years gone by are now occupied by the Alpamare waterpark in Burniston Road and the UTC and Coventry University in Weaponness Valley.

A fireworks display will be staged by Pyrotex Fireworx at the McCain sports field near Cayton at 6.45pm on Friday 3 November.

Entry to the ground is from 5.30pm.

Construction work at the venue means there won’t be a bonfire and the carpark is much smaller than usual. People are advised to walk if they can.

It is being organised by Cayton & Osgodby Parish Council and Eastfield Town Council.

Children from St George’s School in Cayton and Braeburn and Overdale schools in Eastfield have designed colourful posters to publicise the event.

The winners were Isabelle Cooke, Erica Griffiths, Porsha Lerpiniere and Alfie Kneeshaw (Cayton), Charlie Wright, Jessica Daley and Chloe Livesey (Overdale) and Megan Milne, Oscar Taylor, Grace Hooper and Robert Flanigan (St George’s).

A bonfire at Yedmandale quarry off Cockrah Road in West Ayton on Sunday 5 November will be lit at 6.30pm and followed by fireworks at 7.

Entry will be free. A collection will help pay for a free Christmas party for local children.

Hot food will be on sale.

It’s being organised by Ayton’s jubilee committee.

Parking will be limited so it’s best to go on foot if you can - but wear boots.

The other fireworks displays and bonfires will be on Saturday 4 November.

A bonfire behind the village hall in Burniston will be lit at 6.30pm, followed by fireworks at 7pm. The gates will open at 6pm.
Adults will be charged £4, children £1.

Filey Lions’ bonfire at West Avenue car park will be lit at 6.15pm.

Lanterns will be judged at 6.45pm and a fireworks display will start at 7pm.
No charge will be made for admission but donations will be appreciated.

Scarborough Autograss Club’s bonfire at the Raceway in Bartindale Road, Hunmanby, will be lit at around 7pm, followed by fireworks.

Again, no charge will be made for entry but the Yorkshire Air Ambulance team will be there with their heli-van and stall.

It will feature a Guy Fawkes competition, apple bobbing, face painting and a bouncy castle.

Toffee apples, candy apples, doughnuts, roast chestnuts, popcorn and sweets will be on sale.

The club’s end-of-season race meeting will be held on Sunday 5 November.

People are not allowed to take their own fireworks or sparklers to any of the events because of health and safety rules.

The only Scarborough bonfires will probably be private ones and those lit on the north and south beaches.