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Halloween: Children carve pumpkins and create lanterns in preparation

PUBLISHED: 10:01 31 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:40 04 November 2015

Valentines Mansion hosting a Halloween lantern making session for children. Assistant manager Gemma Sharpe with Hadi Shaikh 8, Ezaan Shaikh 4, Pavaneer Narwal 7 and Kiran Narwal 6

Valentines Mansion hosting a Halloween lantern making session for children. Assistant manager Gemma Sharpe with Hadi Shaikh 8, Ezaan Shaikh 4, Pavaneer Narwal 7 and Kiran Narwal 6

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Halloween might be a festival of the night but children across the borough celebrated it by using light.

At Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, Ilford, little ones got their creative juices flowing by designing lanterns.

The children drew out their designs first and then created lanterns using jam jars and tissue paper.

Gemma Sharpe, assistant manager said: “They children really enjoyed it and there were ghosts, pumpkins, a haunted house and quite a lot of bat lanterns.

“They did really well and it wasn’t as messy as I thought it would be.”

At Wanstead Community Allotment, Nutter Lane, Wanstead, children carved out pumpkins which they could then illuminate at home.

More than 100 people came to the event on Wednesday which was hosted by Redbridge Healthy Eating Team.

Health improvement practitioner Laura Sterne said: “Everybody loved the session and they learnt a lot about healthy eating.

“Children could try pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds and three types of pumpkin dip and they were served it by three witches.”

As well as carving pumpkins children planted seeds, decorated balloons and made Halloween themed bookmarks.

There was also the opportunity to have your face painted and pick vegetables from the allotment.

Laura added: “The children dressed up and one little girl came as a pumpkin which was great.”

For more information about healthy eating in Redbridge call: 0208 822 4142.


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