Youngsters across the north-east are being urged to help revive the turnip howking tradition instead of the more American pumpkin carving this Halloween.
Aberdeen University’s Elphinstone Institute, dedicated to ethnology and folklore, is hoping to revive the tradition and make the most of this year’s virtual Halloween celebrations on October 31.
It has launched an online neepie lantern competition and youngsters have until Saturday to get their entries in.
Administrator Alison Sharman said: “Neeps have lost popularity since the introduction of the pumpkin, which 20 years ago was not widely available in the north-east.
“The neepie lantern was a feature of Halloween, at parties, and guising – not trick or treating which is the fashion nowadays. It’s an important tradition that should be continued.”
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