This post is sponsored by Knutsford Town Council
Halloween is almost upon us, and as ever the popular Pumpkin Path will be taking place in Knutsford! We’ve rounded up all you need to know about the event.
What is the Pumpkin Path?
The Pumpkin Path is an annual free family event (the first was in 2012) organised by Knutsford Town Council in partnership with lots of local businesses. Youngsters and their parents pick up entry forms on the night and then hunt for eleven carved pumpkins in shops and restaurants which spell out “PUMPKIN PATH.” They can then submit their entries at the spooky post boxes! The forms can be picked up from one of the four registration desks (outside Evuna, Clarity, Waterstones and Mr Simms) along with a wristband for each child. Remember to bring a pen or pencil!
When and where is it held?
It is on Halloween evening (Thursday 31st October), from 4-7pm. It is suggested that families with younger children come along earlier on and those with older children after 5:30pm.
The letters can be found at the shops and restaurants along King Street, Minshull Street and Regent Street. Don’t forget to visit the shops on Princess Street and Canute Place as well (be careful as these roads are open to traffic) to enjoy their spooky windows and possibly to collect treats. There will be lots of other fun happenings around the town too (see below!)
Should we dress up?
Definitely! Fancy dress is encouraged but not ‘too adult’ – this is a family friendly event! There will also be certificates given to the best dressed – children and adults alike!
What else will be happening on the night?
Fuchsia School of Dance will be showcasing their dancing talents near Wallwood/Giovanni’s restaurant on King Street in two sets, one at 5pm and one at 6pm
Local choir Knutsford Beats will be singing some spooky tunes at 5:30pm and 6:30pm outside The Tea Room on Cotton Shop Yard
There will be lots happening in the Knutsford Market Hall including:
- Chance to win sweets throwing the ‘pumpkin’ sponge at Jonty (of Jonty’s Fruit & Veg). £1 for 3 goes (all money to Knutsford Royal May Day).
- Morgan Edwards Fine Wines will be offering mulled wine
- Market Café will be offering tasty themed treats
- Tatton Photography will be providing a spooky backdrop for photos to be purchased on the night.
A large autumnal themed ‘photo frame’ will be on King Street to capture your Halloween photographs (courtesy of the main event sponsor, Savills)
There will be decorations and spooky characters in Wallwood (opposite the Knutsford entrance to Tatton) as well as a spooky storytelling corner in a marquee for the children to enjoy (courtesy of Savills)
Many shops and restaurants will be taking part in the Best Dressed Window Competition. Remember to vote for your favourite on the entry cards collected on the evening!
Has anything changed this year?
To keep the event free for all to enjoy, not all shops will be handing out sweets this year. However there will be a special “I survived the Pumpkin Path” bookmark and a bag of sweets (provided by Swizzels Matlow) given out at the end to all those who complete the Pumpkin Path. Many shops will still be giving out treats but some may just have some amazing windows for you to enjoy!
Which roads will be closed?
To enable the Pumpkin Path to take place safely, road closures will be in place as follows:
- King Street at the junction with Church Walk to the junction with Drury Lane
- Minshull Street.
There will also be parking pay suspension from midnight Wednesday 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.
To stay up to date with the Pumpkin Path please follow their Facebook page or respond to the 2019 Pumpkin Path Facebook event. Make sure you’re following Knutty Mums on Facebook to stay up to date to everything happening for families nearby! You can also take a look at our half term guide: