Pumpkin Carving and Festival

We have written about the massively talented local carving folk called Sand in Your Eye who create the most amazing Sculptures from Sand. Well now they have turned their hands to Pumpkins and there have been Pumpkin related events all week. Both Silly Billy’s Toy shop and Homely at Hebden have had bespoke Pumpkins carved by a local artist, Sally, images below.

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Yesterday morning The Sand in Your Eye folk were  busy preparing and carving Pumpkins in the square in Hebden Bridge, ready for Sunday’s (tomorrow’s) mammoth day of Pumpkin related events, and throughout the day you can walk around Hebden Bridge on the pumpkin trail. Spotting displays from Sand in Your Eye and fab window displays in shops, cafes, bars, and community groups!
Pumkin Carving
There will be music from Hebden Radio and Oxjam all through the day, face painting, stalls and much more. So come to Hebden Bridge and visit Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and Homely at Hebden in Old Gate, HX7 6EN

This is what will be happening throughout Sunday 29th October 2017

At 2pm there will be a Live Carve Display in St Georges Square, Hebden Bridge.
There will be free Family Workshops in the Town Hall – Please bring your own pumpkin.
You can also brring your own carved pumpkins to the Town Hall to enter the pumkin carving competiton.

At 3pm there will be story-telling of How to Trick a Boggart Trail with Ursula Holden Gill

At 5pm Everyone to meet to enjoy the evening entertainment and join the pumpkin trail. at Bridgegate Car Park.
Live performances from Mr Wilsons Second Liners and Bazzmatazz.

At 6pm the Pumpkin Parade begins.

Bring you own carved pumpkins and join the parade! Fancy dress is optional, but hey it is Halloween (nearly!), we still have fake blood, fangs, and lots of fantastic Halloween Face paint at Silly Billy’s, why not have a look at our Halloween Pinterest Board

Competiton winners for the best window display, best carved pumpkins will be announced after the parade.

Please remember to only light pumpkins with LEDs no real candles. Bring your own or you can purchase them on the day from us, with donations to the Mayors Charity.

Make sure you join in with us in Hebden Bridge for a perfectly horrible Hebden Halloween !!

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Halloween 2017

It is just over two weeks until Halloween 2017

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and scarceness, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterised by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Some treats we have here at Silly Billy’s are the fantastic Snazaroo Face Paints, as used by Professionals, these Face Paints are only £4.00 each here at Silly Billy’s Toy Shop and are great for Halloween 2017 dress-up and make-up. We have all the major colours for Halloween in stock and you can see the range in the picture below:

Halloween 2017

Snazaroo Face Paints £4

Here are Some Face Paint Ideas for Halloween 2017

 

Other Events At Silly Billy’s Toy Shop

  • Coming up Silly Billy’s Biggest Ever Christmas Competition to be announced on our Facebook Page during Autumn half-term and will also be written about on this blog, if you haven’t done so already then please like and follow Silly Billy’s on Facebook
  • Bonfire Night is on November 5th, the only local bonfire we are aware of is the one at Heptonstall bowling club.
  • Christmas 2017 is coming and as part of our build up to Christmas Robert A Williams is doing a blog post each day on Silly Billy’s Toy Shop Blog so please feel free to join in.
  • Did you know Silly Billy’s celebrated it’s twentieth year of trading in Hebden Bridge this year

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Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016 will soon be upon us.
Key Halloween Products here at Silly Billy’s are:

Snazaroo Facepaints, we have all the colours necessary for good Halloween Face Painting and Snazaroo face paints are the best quality face paints used by professionals. As their tagline says “The World’s Favourite Facepaints”
For some ideas on how and what to paint for Halloween please take a look here

Here is an example review from a Snazaroo purchaser:
I work as a part-time face-painter at a zoo. We use Snazaroo facepaints on all our customers. Snazaroo facepaint can be used both professionally, for kids parties or simply for fun. The paint is designed for both young and old(er) skin, it is safe to use and easy to wash off. If you are looking for facepaint that is good quality without breaking the bank Snazaroo is definitely worth a look.

As well as Facepaints for Halloween 2016 we have Fake Blood; Spiders, Damaged Fingers and more from our jokes stand

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Halloween Blooh and Jokes Only 99p

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would rather purchase a set of Facepaints we have excellent Galt Facepaints at only £5.99 a pack:

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Here is a video about painting a Halloween Face that you may find useful:

Halloween a Small History:

Halloween or Hallowe’en is now celebrated across the world on the night of 31st October. Modern day celebrations generally involve groups of children dressed in scary costumes roaming from house to house, demanding “trick-or-treat”. Fearing the worst, intimidated householders normally hand over vast amounts of treats in the form of chocolates, sweets and candy to avoid whatever dastardly tricks may have been dreamt up by these little miscreants. The origins of these celebrations however date back thousands of years, to pagan times.
The origins of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. Until 2,000 years ago, the Celts lived across the lands we now know as Britain, Ireland and northern France. Essentially a farming and agricultural people, the Pre-Christian Celtic year was determined by the growing seasons and Samhain marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark cold winter. The festival symbolised the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead.
Massacre of the Druids
It was believed by the Celts that on the night of 31st October, ghosts of their dead would revisit the mortal world and large bonfires were lit in each village in order to ward off any evil spirits that may also be at large. Celtic priests, known as Druids, would have led the Samhain celebrations. It would also have been the Druids who ensured that the hearth fire of each house was re-lit from the glowing embers of the sacred bonfire, in order to help protect the people and keep them warm through the forthcoming long, dark winter months.

Text abstracted from www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Halloween

An exciting event in Hebden Bridge for Halloween is:

The Original Hebden Bridge Ghost Walk

Beyond the Veil of Calderdale is the all new Original Hebden Bridge Ghost Walk brought to you by Award Winning Storyteller Ursula Holden Gill.

Join her for 75 minutes of mystery, magic, murder and mayhem on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October. Meet at 4pm on the Wavy Steps (HX7 8EX). Adults £5 Children £3. No need to book, just turn up. For more information please contact Ursula on 07811 646 479 or visit ursulaholdengill@gmail.com

For more Hebden Bridge events please view www.hebdenbridge.co.uk/events

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