GHOSTS, monsters, witches and more signed off the 2019 season at Geilston Garden in Cardross with a spectacular Hallowe’en-themed weekend.

A ‘Creepy Crawl’ at the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) venue saw families enjoy some haunted hula, giant jigsaw making and apple dooking.

And as darkness began to fall over the garden, a Witchy Walk through the grounds saw the Walking Theatre Company provide plenty of spooky entertainment with their show, The Really Wicked School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Reflecting on the success of the weekend, Alison Farrell, Geilston’s head gardener, said: “It was a really good day.

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

“We had witches’ eyeballs, carrot 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.

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Turning her attention to the other aspect of the weekend, Alison added: “The Witchy Walk was just about sold out.

“It was really good, with everybody taking part in the interactive performance.”

Sadie Dixon-Spain, founder and writer-in-residence of the Walking Theatre Company, added: “It’s the most beautiful setting, great for an adventure, and we’ll be back.”

A spokesperson for the garden’s volunteer support group, 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 the Hallowe’en 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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Before then, the NTS is expected to reach a decision on the long-term future of the garden later this month after years of uncertainty.