Pumpkin Path leads to a great night in Knutsford

Knutsford town centre celebrated Halloween on October 31st with its annual Pumpkin Path event.

Families and friends of all ages gathered together, many in elaborate and amazing costumes, to celebrate Halloween in a fun, safe and friendly way.

Julia Chard of Mr Simms Julia Chard of Mr Simms

Visitors had 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 this year was singing from local choir, Knutsford Beats and dancing from Fuchsia School of Dancing.

Wallwood was dressed in spooky Halloween style with witches and monsters entertaining the crowd, supplied by Lyn Tyrer and Craig Stoker.

Tesla provided one of its ‘dancing cars’ for the evening and Knutsford Market Hall provided fun, games, wine and food.

Costumes worn by children of all ages. Costumes worn by children of all ages.

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The event was supported by a range businesses 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.

Project 53 Team - dressed to impress. Project 53 Team – dressed to impress.

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 its amazing ‘live’ display and the two runners-up were Mr Sims Olde Sweet Shoppe and Knutsford Nails and Beauty.

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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!

Town centre manager, Sandra Curties, said: “This was the sixth Pumpkin Path and it keeps on growing in popularity. It is 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 run without their support.

Here’s to next year!”

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