A squad of junior ghosts and ghouls brought the spectre of Halloween to a Moray care home yesterday.
Youngsters from Elgin’s VIP Nursery and East End Primary School donned spooky costumes for a special visit to the town’s Anderson’s home.
The venue’s activities coordinator Emily Hoskins said such visits from local children helped to keep residents “young in spirit”.
She said: “Our residents have had a brilliant time, they really enjoy mixing with the children.
“It helps keep them young in spirit, and they like any excuse for dressing up.”
After showing off their costumes to an appreciative audience, the children joined in a performance of the Hokey Cokey and tucked into special Halloween cakes.
The building’s main hall had been artfully adorned with branches, cobwebs and life-size models of witches and monsters to create a scary atmosphere.
Anderson’s receptionist Joan Cowe created the haunting displays, personally bringing branches into the venue and creating a scene featuring three witches in tribute to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
“I’ve always enjoyed doing anything crafty, and the residents and their families like coming in here and seeing it so colourful,” she said.
VIP Childcare’s Craig Rowley added: “The kids get a lot out of the inter-generational work we do with Anderson’s, we enjoy regular visits to the home where they mix with residents.”
Anderson’s manager, Kathy McGrath-Gunn, said: “I’m so proud of the staff who arranged the Halloween visit, it’s about the young and the old coming together and it benefits them both.”