When the Witches of Geilston lost their hats it was up to some brave kids to help find them.

Youngsters ventured through the beautiful autumnal Geilston Garden on a special Hallowe’en adventure.

Alison Farrell, head gardener, told the Reporter: “It was a really good day.

“Lots of children came dressed up and there were various challenges.”

The Creepy Crawl at the National Trust’s gardens in Cardross, invited families to enjoy some haunted hula, giant jigsaw making and apple dooking.

Located at different points along the trail were spooky surprise “grave grabbing” coffins, in which the children could stick their hands to feel for some skin-crawling delights.

Alison said: “We had witches’ eyeballs, carrots as their noses, cauliflower brains, and cornflake scabs.”

The children were also challenged to see how many turnips they could carry while running round a course in the “Neep heap” game.

The Garden closed for the season on October 31, but will re-open on April 1 for its Easter events.

A spokesperson for the Friends of Geilston said: “It was a delight to see the Gardens so busy over the weekend with adults and children alike enjoying all Halloween fun on offer. Staff worked hard to create such a range of activities and a welcoming atmosphere for all. The Gardens looked wonderful in their autumn glory and we all look forward to them reopening in the spring.”

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