Pumpkins at the ready for fright sites

Carlo Biagioni and Bruce Hewison prepare for Halloween.
Carlo Biagioni and Bruce Hewison prepare for Halloween.

A NEW festival is being launched in Alnwick, which organisers hope will be a spook-tacular success.

The Alnwick Tourism Association and Alnwick Chamber of Trade (Act) are jointly hosting the first Alnwick Hallowe’en Festival in October.

It is hoped the event will bring the community together and attract people to the town.

As part of the festival, individuals, businesses, clubs and schools are being urged to create Hallowe’en-themed scenes, with prizes for the best displays around the town, while there will also be other activities during the event.

Bruce Hewison, chairman of Alnwick Tourism Association, said: “I think it is an important event because it will involve the whole community in Alnwick and it will generate interest in the town.”

The Festival will take place from Friday, October 28, to Monday, October 31.

Entries for the Hallowe’en scenes open on Friday, September 9, and an application form, costing £2, can be obtained from Alnwick Tourist Information Centre (TIC) or the visitalnwick website from this date, and must be submitted to the TIC by Saturday, September 17.

A £300 cash prize is up for grabs for the winner, as well as other money prizes for second and third place.

On top of that, there will be a best witch or wizard competition on Saturday, October 29, with a £50 prize for the best witch or wizard with broomstick, and will be followed a day later with a Pumpkin Lantern Competition, with a £50 prize for the best pumpkin or turnip lantern.

Both will run from 6pm to 8pm in Alnwick Market Place and entry forms will also be available from September 9, from both the TIC and visitalnwick website for £2, and must be returned to the TIC no later than Thursday, October 20.

After this date, entry forms for the witch or pumpkin competitions will be available on the night of each event for £3 per person.

There will also be other Hallowe’en-themed entertainment during the festival and arrangements are under way to have an organised ghost walk around the town, ghost stories and one or two spooky surprises.

Carlo Biagioni, chairman of Act, said: “We are looking to add something in the winter time and I think this will be great.”

l For more information and for entry forms from September 9, visit www.visitalnwick.org.uk/activities/halloween.htm