Knutsford is getting ready to welcome residents and visitors alike for its annual Pumpkin Path trail on 31st October (4pm to 7pm).
As last year, Knutsford Town Council is organising the event in conjunction with many of the town’s retailers and businesses.
Youngsters and their parents will scour King Street’s shops and restaurants to find the eleven carved pumpkins which spell out “PUMPKIN PATH” before submitting their entries to Knutsford Heritage Centre’s spooky post box.
A large number of local traders will be joining in the fun, as ever, to ensure that Knutsford is a truly special and spooky place to visit.
Town centre manger Sandra Curties said: “This year is a true community-led event with dancing provided by Fuchsia School of Dancing, singing from local choir Knutsford Beats plus Tesla will also be making an appearance.”
Sandra added: “It is so lovely to see so many shops stay open late and join in – not just the Pumpkin Hosts and see local (and not so local) families having fun.
“There will be a few spooky characters along the path and Wallwood will be decorated in true Halloween style.”
As well as the shops hosting pumpkins (donated by Jonty’s Fruit & Veg of Knutsford Market Hall) the whole of the community has got involved.
A huge variety of retailers will be decorating their windows, and people can vote for their favourite by completing the entry form on the night.
The top three will be announced by the town’s mayor the following day.
One of the original Pumpkin Path organisers, Julia Chard of Mr Simms commented: “We are delighted to be sponsoring our 6th Pumpkin Path and supporting businesses with sweet donations to help them with the event.
“The Pumpkin Path has grown to become one of the highlights of Knutsford events calendar and with the feedback we are getting from our lovely customers, I really think this will be the biggest night yet.”
Knutsford Market Hall will be staying open on the night – hosting traditional Halloween games, mulled wine from Morgan Edwards, face painting by Sylvia from Serendipity, and some Halloween food from The Market Café.
Event Buddha will provide traffic management services and volunteer groups Knutsford and Districts Lions and Knutsford Hosts, plus some students from Knutsford Academy, will be assisting with marshalling duties.
Tatton Perk will be providing hot drinks for volunteers on the night too.
To enable the Pumpkin Path to take place safely, road closures will be in place as follows:
– King Street (at the junction with Church Hill to the junction with Drury Lane)
– Minshull Street
There will also be parking pay suspension from midnight Tuesday 30th October from King Street junction with Tatton Street to junction with Drury Lane to enable two-way traffic to enable residents access to be maintained.
All affected residents have been contacted directly.