Pumpkin Path 2018
The evening of Wednesday 31st October saw Knutsford town centre celebrates Halloween with its annual Pumpkin Path event.
The night saw families and friends of all ages convene, many in increasingly elaborate and amazing costumes, to celebrate Halloween in a fun, safe and friendly way. At what has now become tradition visitors have to hunt out 11 special pumpkins carved with letters spelling ‘Pumpkin Path’ which were dotted along King Street and the surrounding roads. In addition to the eleven ‘hosts’ many shops and businesses stayed open late with truly spooktacular windows, to join in the fun. New for this year was singing from local choir Knutsford Beats and Dancing from Fuchsia School of Dancing. Wallwood once again, was dressed in spooky Halloween style with witches and monsters entertaining the crowd, supplied by Lyn Tyrer and Craig Stoker. Tesla also provided one of their ‘dancing cars’ for the evening. Knutsford Market Hall provided fun, games, wine and food throughout the evening.
The event was supported by a range of businesses, organisations and voluntary groups, including The Knutsford and District Lions; Knutsford Hosts; Event Buddha; J&S Kings and Knutsford Multi Academy Trust. Roberta Beauty Refined, Brassiere Blanc; Fine and Country; Techno Type; Saks Hairdressers and Knutsford Nails and Beauty to name a few from a very long list. The Pumpkin Path winners’ prizes were kindly donated by Hal Whittaker, Brasserie Blanc, Waitrose, Gusto and original organiser and event sponsor Julia Chard of Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe.
Julia said “Once again our Knutsford Pumpkin Path has been a massive success, with hundreds of little monsters descending on the town. Such a fantastic atmosphere and sense of community. I would like to thank all the local primary schools for their support in putting the postcards in bookbags. A massive thank you to all the businesses in the town that stayed open to give treats to all the families taking part”.
Visitors to the path were asked to choose their favourite shop window and the winners were presented with their Certificates the following day by Knutsford Town Mayor Peter Coan. The winner was Nicholas Austen with their amazing ‘live’ display and the two runners up were Mr Sims Olde Sweet Shoppe and Knutsford Nails and Beauty. All three had stunning displays. Amelia Naylor of Nicholas Austen said, “We are delighted to have won the public vote for our interactive Halloween window.”
New for this year was an informal ‘Best Dressed Spook Competition’ judged by the hired spooks with the winners in each age category presented with their Certificate on the night. The costumes were so good there were two adult winners and two winners in the 6-9 category!
Sandra Curties, Town Centre Manager said “This was the sixth Pumpkin Path and it keeps on growing in popularity. It is truly overwhelming to see how Knutsford comes together for this event. We are truly thankful and grateful to everyone who volunteered – whether Hosts, or Lions, shops, Choirs, businesses or dancing troops! This event would not be able to run without them. Here’s to next year!”