SPOOKY family fun is on offer as the annual Pumpkin Path returns to Knutsford on Wednesday, October 31 between 4pm and 7pm.

The event was launched in 2012, and has become a firm fixture on Knutsford’s event calendar, growing in popularity each year.

Like last year, Knutsford Town Council is leading on the event organisation in partnership with local businesses.

Youngsters and their parents will be scouring King Street’s shops and restaurants to find the 11 carved pumpkins which spell out ‘Pumpkin Path’ before submitting their entries at Knutsford Heritage Centre’s spooky post box.

Traders will join in the fun, and pumpkins this year will be provided by Knutsford Market Hall’s new fruit and vegetable stall holder Jonty Page.

This year will be a true community event, with Fuchsia School of Dancing showcasing its dancing talents and choir Knutsford Beats singing spooky tunes.

Scarewood (scarewood.co.uk) will be providing scary but family friendly characters to entertain the crowds.

Taking part for the first time this year will be Knutsford Market Hall, which will stay open for traditional Halloween games such as apple bobbing and face painting, with Morgan Edwards Fine Wines offering mulled wine and The Market Café Halloween-themed treats.

Also new for this year will be a fancy dress competition to acknowledge the efforts people took with their outfits last year. Knutsford town centre manager Sandra Curties said: “We are enjoying organising this year’s event with Knutsford’s business community.

“It is lovely to see the town come together and enjoy this date on the calendar in such a family-friendly way. If any local business wants to get involved please give me a call on 01565 653929.”

Like last year there will be a light-hearted competition to find Pumpkin Path 2018’s Best Dressed Window.

Last year it was won by Fine and Country with Nicholas Austen and Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe as runners-up. People can vote for their favourite on the entry cards they collect during the evening.

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.

Event Buddha will provide a full traffic management service.

There will also be parking pay suspension from midnight on Tuesday, October 30 from the King Street junction with Tatton Street to the junction with Drury Lane to enable two-way traffic to enable residents’ access to be maintained.

All affected residents will be contacted directly.