IT'S spooky season with a difference this year, with Covid-19 putting a halt to many cherished Halloween traditions, but one Cork school have been determined to find a "silver lining" and celebrate in a safe way.
Rockboro Primary & Pre-School was decorated to the nth degree in the lead up to the student's Halloween party, being held in the school today.
Speaking to The Echo, Sinead Byrne, a trustee of the school, said every effort was made to ensure the occasion didn't go unmarked.
"This year with the restrictions, we were really conscious that the children weren’t going to have the same sort of Halloween as they normally would, with trick-or-treating being out and so on.
"So we decided to create a Halloween theme and atmosphere in the school this week," she said.
All week the decorations have been up and each class has been busily preparing their pumpkins, put on display at today's party.
"They all went off in their costumes this morning, all the teachers got dressed up and some of the Board of Management also to welcome the children, obviously keeping it safe and within all of the guidelines.
"The atmosphere wasn’t in any way diminished and everyone was really happy going in," she continued.
As well as encouraging Halloween celebrations, the school also wanted to create an atmosphere of giving back this Halloween season.
"We built the whole celebration around the theme of the harvest.
"We picked two charities, Cork Penny Dinners and the West Cork Animal Welfare group.
"We asked every child just to think about what harvest meant to them and maybe about people or animals or anybody who is in a less fortunate position than we are.
"While we wanted them to enjoy the whole seasonal time of year that it is, we also wanted a little time of reflection," Ms Byrne said.
Children and their families generously donated and two big hampers have been prepared for the charities.
Ms Bryne lauded the spirit of the students, who, despite the challenging times, are resolved to make the best of the season.
"They know this year is going to be different but different doesn’t mean bad."