Crescent Cookstown held its Halloween event the 30th of October
2019. Prior to the event we held a pumpkin carving workshop for 20 children
from within Burnvale and the wider Cookstown area. Tesco in Cookstown donated
20 pumpkins for the children to carve and take home with them which were placed
on their door steps to help build a community atmosphere in the run up to the
main Halloween event.
Resident's Association approached the residents for a small donation towards the
cost of purchasing bunting and props. These were then used to decorate the
housing development in the days ahead of the event. Households were encouraged
to decorate their homes and the event slowly became a real community initiative
with a spooky graveyard and a pumpkin gazebo.
On the night
of the event there were over 150 people in attendance. We supplied swing boats,
bouncy castles disco dome, tea cups and chip van. The chair of the Burnvale
residents association provided the music. The residents and wider community
really enjoyed themselves and have built up positive relationships. The
feedback on the night was so positive with comments like: Brilliant cross
community event, great to see families out enjoying themselves together and one
elderly gentleman said it reminded him of what a community was.
Some of the comments from our evaluation
I had so much fun at the Halloween party playing
with my friends and neighbours.
I really enjoyed all the activities and music.
I had fun with my family and feel very lucky I got
to be here.
I enjoyed the bouncy castles and spooky graveyard
Events like these are important in building relationships among
neighbours and also among the wider community. Allowing the residents to have
an input in the development of these events gives them ownership of the event,
builds their confidence and gives them a sense of pride in what they have
Burnvale Crescent is a Shared Housing scheme. The Shared Housing Programme is delivered as part of the Executive Office’s Together: Building A United Community Strategy, supported by the Department for Communities and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.