Are you ready for the
big Friday fright night?

Poppy Thompson's pumpkins
Poppy Thompson's pumpkins
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Greetings Chipsters and Happy Horrid Halloween to all of you.

As it’s half-term this week, I suspect you’re busy preparing for the big, scary night on Friday.

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Isn’t it great to be off school for once in the run-up to the spookiest night on the calendar? There’s plenty of time to prepare and your mums and dads must be thrilled to have you around all day every day this week as the excitement mounts. Why not practice your screaming to make their week complete?

I’ve selected some seasonal jokes for you to try out on them. See if you can make them groan like a ghost flitting from room to room in a haunted house.

On the other hand, they might need cheering up after spending all day trying to work out how to keep you amused this week.

I’ve got a couple of retriever puppy friends, Ozark and Oberon, who love playing trick or treat jokes on me.

I pretend to be grumpy when they knock on the kennel door here at Dunbarkin’ and growl at them in a very intimidating way.

They scamper away making out they’re petrified and I lope off after them with boney treats for them clamped in my jaws. It’s all great fun.

At the top is some nifty colouring by Poppy Thompson, five, from Waterlooville. Her efforts win her a hamper of Halloween goodies from Locks Heath Shopping Village. And I thought you’d like to see six-year-old Ben Grubb’s pumkintastic entry too.

Chip chip for now. Ch-Ch-Chilling Chipper.