It’s hard to believe that it’s now a week since hundreds of people took to the streets of Knutsford for the town’s annual Halloween festival.
The evening of Wednesday 31st October saw the town centre transformed into a haunted hollow for the Pumpkin Path 2018.
The night saw families and friends of all ages convene – in increasingly elaborate and amazing costumes – to celebrate Halloween in a fun, safe and friendly fashion.
At what has now become tradition, visitors hunt out 11 special pumpkins carved with letters spelling ‘Pumpkin Path’.
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 Dance.
Wallwood, once again, was dressed in spooky 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, and Knutsford Market Hall arranged children’s games as well as wine and food throughout the evening.
Julia Chard, of sweet shop Mr Simms, 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 event were asked to choose their favourite shop window, and the winners were presented with their certificates the following day by Knutsford town mayor Cllr Peter Coan.
The winner was Nicholas Austen with their amazing ‘live’ display, and the two runners up were Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe and Knutsford Nails and Beauty.
Amelia Naylor of Nicholas Austen, commented: “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 that there were two adult winners… and two winners in the 6-9 age group category!
Sandra Curties, Knutsford 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!”