Officials at Lowther Gardens were delighted with the success of the nine-day Pumpkins In The Park event - the biggest ever staged at the West Beach venue - despite it climax, on Halloween itself, October 31, being plagued by heavy rain.
Thousands of people turned out for the free fun extravaganza, which included pumpkin carving, a treasure hunt, a ghost trail, drive-in cinema, creative crafts and face painting, and as well as a busy funfair.
A key feature was that every evening, the Gardens hosted a light-up parade of fire breathers, giant puppets and everything that glowed.
"We think we achieved this and we were incredibly proud of the programme we put together over the nine-day event, and of the fact that thousands of families came through the gardens with really positive feedback and excitement for the event to happen again next Halloween.
“We had a greater response than we ever expected. “To see the faces of the families enjoying themselves was magical and seeing the park lit up was beautiful."
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