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Thursday, 31st October, 2013

Alma Canteen Manager Julie Holmes with volunteer Debbie Wood in the decorated Halloween canteen. Alma Canteen Manager Julie Holmes with volunteer Debbie Wood in the decorated Halloween canteen.

Alma Public School students need to beware when going to the canteen - it has been taken over by ghosts, ghouls and witches.

Canteen manager, Julie Holmes, said the new decorations were all part of Halloween.

“We do it for lots of special holidays; Easter, Christmas, AFL grand final,” Julie said.

“The kids just love it. Sometimes one of our volunteers randomly dresses up for the kids.”

Julie said most of the decorations she bought but some her sister made.

“My sister made a witch and some of the potion bottles. She is very, very talented,” she said.

This is the first time the canteen has been decorated for Halloween.

“I tried to decorate it for Friday 13 but the children thought it was Halloween, so we just waited,” Julie said.

“It coincides with the Halloween disco the children are having tonight.”

Julie said she loves working at the Alma canteen.

“I love doing it, I love my job. I think we have gained a bit of a reputation for doing it.

“If the kids are happy, we’re happy. We love doing it for the kids, it’s all for the kids. We are proud of our little canteen.”

Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31.

Typical festive activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching scary movies.

It is a big tradition in America, but watch out for some Aussie children in scary costumes tonight.

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