TRICK or treating may be for the kids but when it comes to making Halloween fun Elaine Greaves is top of the class.
The Preston great-grandma, who lives in Albyn Bank Road, Avenham, puts so much effort into making sure Halloween is a hit she frequently gets up to 60 youngsters turning up at her door.
While most people hand out a few sweets or the odd treat, Elaine decorates the outside of her flat, serves party food and dishes out lucky bags to local children.
Now her impressive efforts have won attention and a grant from her local neighbourhood team and community centre, which arranged a grant towards the cost and are lending her a gazebo to put up in her garden on the night.
Elaine said: “My children are grown up now but I used do this for them. We never used to go out knocking on doors.
“I started off decorating the flat outside then putting on party food and hot dogs and drinks for the children who came round .
“The kids just love it and we love it.
“I’ts mpw grown to having decorations all over the front and I spend all year collecting stuff for the goodie bags. Last year I gave out 55 bags.
“I had to scrape another two together at the end because we had some stragglers.
“I like to make sure the children have real treats in them so I buy stuff all year round to put in them.
“I don’t count the cost, it’s for the kids and keeps them off the streets causing mischief.
“I see many of the same faces every year but more and more are coming now.
“I have to admit I do sometimes see the same faces re-appearing later but they don’t get past me.”
Elaine and her partner Warren Challenor, who both work as carers, have already been busy making the guest of honour for this year’s party – a life-sized witch.
The couple have been given time off work by bosses to prepare the flat for the big night and say they have been bowled over by the generosity of the Preston City Council community engagement team and Foxton Community Centre staff who have offered to help out.
A spokesman from the Community Engagement team said: “We arranged for a small grant from the community safety project to help pay for some of this because we think that what Elaine does is really wonderful and does all this off her own bat.”