Cyprus Mail

Get set for Hallowe’en

By Alix Norman

Here in Cyprus, Hallowe’en is creeping in slowly but surely, with the emphasis on parties and festivities. Over on our eastern shores, CyHerbia is once again hosting a Hallowe’en spectacular. Every year, the gardens in Avgorou are transformed in time for October 31, and 2015 promises to be especially creepy – and crawly! Bitten by the bug bug, organiser and creative genius Miranda Tringis has converted the premises into an entomological paradise of epic proportions, all under the auspices of the dreadful Dr Frankinsect!

“Dr Frankinsect has developed a serum which enlarges all insects to gigantic dimensions,” she explains, “but it’s also enlarged their brains! Now they are plotting to take over the world. Enormous spiders have already laid claim to CyHerbia’s woodland and maze and are building their webs, waiting for prey… Are YOU brave enough to enter the Maze, dodge the cobwebs and retrieve the magic formula that will help Dr Frankinsect shrink the rampaging bugs back to their normal size?”

Taking place on October 31 and November 1, the event encourages one and all to dress up for the games, challenges and activities: solve the murders in the Freaky Forest, bob for apples, race your broomstick, and join in a game of I-Spy in the Herb Garden. There’s also a lucky dip and face painting, and entrance includes a cup of witch’s brew and a small prize for each child. And in the run-up to Hallowe’en, October 28 will see a pumpkin-carving workshop – just what you need to get you in the mood for ‘squashing’ all those dreadful bugs!
Moving west, Nicosia sees a number of seasonal happenings, but it’s the annual Hallowe’en event at the Brickyard Bar & Grill that will appeal to those in the mood to dress up and party down. Known for its fabulous atmosphere, excellent music and amazing cuisine – Taste Magazine has rated their burgers in Cyprus’ top ten! – this year sees a ‘Haunted House’ theme taking over the premises on October 30 and 31.

“People are going to feel they’ve walked into a Haunted House,” explains Talal Kawar, manager and DJ for the duration of the event. With a costume competition, a crowd-pleasing mixture of 70s, 80s and 90s party tunes, movies playing on the big screen, and haunted props galore – a photo-op with a coffin, and a make-up artist ready to pounce on those who’ve neglected to dress up are stunts from previous years that Talal intends to repeat – both nights promise a huge amount of haunted fun.

Over in the west, the Ayios Neofytos Monastery in Tala is hosting a bazaar that’s certain to be the cat’s whiskers. Billed as a Purrzaar, this craft fair is all in aid of the Tala Monastery Cats non-profit organisation. “This is our third event,” says organiser Lynda Bulmer, “and every cent of the money raised goes to the Cat Park.” Currently running at full capacity (i.e. no more please!), all the felines are spayed and neutered by the tireless volunteers, who are always looking for extra help, donations of food, litter and bedding. “Anything you can give will help,” says Lynda, adding that they hope the Purrzaar will raise a total of €3,000 for the upkeep of the Cat Park.

Taking place on October 31, from 10.30am to 3pm, the event will see over 40 stalls selling handmade crafts and gifts – jewellery, soaps, mosaics and the like – as well as a second-hand bookstall and a large selection of DVDs and CDS. With a spooky fancy dress theme – and a prize for the best costume – a pumpkin-carving competition, a cake stall, a raffle and a tombola, this Hallowe’en happening boasts something for all the family.

There’s also a Tai Chi demonstration, a dance display from the Thompson School of Dance, an exhibition of Morris Dancing, a Fashion Show, a kiddies’ game corner and a wonderful recital from the TLC private school choir. “And the Cat Park – which is right next door to the monastery – will be open all day, should anyone wish to drop in and pet the cats or, even better, adopt one!” Lynda concludes.
Spine-chilling spiders, haunted houses and black cats: while Hallowe’en in Cyprus may not be the biggest celebration of the year, wherever you are on the island, something spooky this way comes…

CyHerbia Hallowe’en
A pumpkin-carving workshop on October 28 (€10 including all materials,) on October 28 from 3 to 6pm, and a two-day Hallowe’en event on October 31 and November 1 (€5 entrance includes cup of witch’s brew and prize for each child) from 9.30-6pm. For more details call 99 915 443, email or visit
The Brickyard Bar & Grill Hallowe’en party
October 30 and 31, starting at 9pm on both nights. Entrance is free, with special prices on cocktails. Reservation is recommended. For more information and bookings, call 22 593030 or 99 540166, email [email protected] or visit
The Tala Monastery Purrzaar
October 31 from 10.30am to 3pm. Entrance is free and all are very welcome. For further information, call 99 841 142, or visit the Facebook page ‘Tala Monastery Cats’

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