Knutsford celebrated Halloween with its annual Pumpkin Path event on October 31st.
Families and friends, many in increasingly elaborate and amazing costumes, came together to celebrate Halloween in a fun, safe and friendly way.
Visitors had to hunt out 11 special pumpkins carved with letters spelling ‘Pumpkin Path’ which were dotted along King Street and the surrounding roads.Winners: Nicholas Austen and Cllr and Knutsford Town Mayor Andrew Malloy
In addition to the eleven ‘hosts’ many shops and businesses stayed open late with truly spooktacular windows, to join in the fun. Like last year there 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 Collective Entertainment Bureau and Demon Events and Savills held a story time session and hosted a very popular ‘selfie’ frame.
The event was supported by businesses, organisations and voluntary groups, including The Knutsford and District Lions; Knutsford Hosts; Buddha Group; J&S Kings, Little Waitrose and Savills, Brassiere Blanc; Lockton’s Hairdressers; Fine and Country; Techno Type; Saks Hairdressers, and Mr Simms.
Winners’ prizes were donated by Hal Whittaker, Hooked on the Heath, Lou Lou Bella Boutique and original organiser and event supporter Julia Chard of Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe.
Everyone who finished the Path was given a commemorative bookmark declaring ‘I survived the Pumpkin Path’ and a bag of sweets kindly donated by Swizzles Matlow.Runner Up: Mr Simms and Cllr and Knutsford Town Mayor Andrew Malloy
Julia said: “Once again 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.”
Rebecca Postles, associate director of Savills, said “The Pumpkin Path really brought our wonderful town centre to life this year.
Having just reached our one-year anniversary in Knutsford, we were thrilled to see so many people making use of our autumnal-themed photo frame and enjoying the Savills storybook corner where Susie Mathis from our team spent the evening reading to the town’s children.”
Visitors were asked to choose their favourite shop window and the winners were presented with certificates the following Saturday by Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Andrew Malloy.
The winner was Nicholas Austen and the two runners up with Highly Commended prizes were Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shop and The Rose and Crown.Runner Up: Rose & Crown and Knutsford Town Mayor Andrew Malloy
Like last year there was an informal ‘Best Dressed Spook Competition’ judged by Town Council Staff with the winners in each age category presented with their Certificate on the night.
Sandra Curties, town centre manager, said: “This was the seventh Pumpkin Path and it keeps on growing in popularity. It is truly overwhelming to see how Knutsford comes together for this event. We are extremely thankful and grateful to everyone who volunteered – whether Hosts, Lions, Knutsford Rotary Club, Little Waitrose or Savills, choirs, businesses or dancing troops! This event would not be able to run without them. Here’s to next year.”
Photos courtesy of Cllr and Knutsford Town Mayor, Andrew Malloy