Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk haunted Mission Hill on Sunday

The event is a pumpkin carving contest where the judges are the public

Mission Creek Regional Park showcased many creative jack-o-lanterns at last night’s Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk in Kelowna.

The tenth annual event hosted by the Regional District of Central Okanagan is a pumpkin carving contest where the public act as the judges.

From 3 to 5 p.m. members of the community patrolled the dark trails of Mission Park, which were only slightly illuminated by the haunting glow of jack-o-lanterns and voted on their favourite of the three categories: scariest, funniest and most original.

“It is extremely popular,” said James Chester, parks events coordinator for regional parks.

“As you can tell there is probably two or three hundred people out here and it’s been that way since 4 p.m. There are 80 pumpkins out there. It’s been well received by people in Kelowna and it’s nice and central, so it’s always pretty good.”

The event had great energy, with people of all ages dressing up in the Halloween spirit. The event is not only a great way to see some spooky artwork but is also a great way to bring the community together at Halloween time, Chester noted.

“There’s two, three, four hundred people at any given time in the park voting and deciding on which the best pumpkins are. They get to meet their friends. There’s people of all ages out here. They’re dressed up in costumes. It’s just a really fun night out in the park with the community.”

The winners of each of the three categories were awarded a $100 gift card. In addition, there was also a door prize that each contestant has a chance at winning.

Donations for the food bank were also being accepted at Mission Creek Park.

READ MORE: Plain cigarette packs to hit shelves as ‘best in the world’ regulations kick in

sign

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Hundreds of people gather at Black Lives Matter rally in Kelowna

Almost 600 people are rallying in Stuart Park, downtown Kelowna

Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School launches part-time on-campus learning

The school has taken appropriate precautions for a safe return for staff and students

Number of unemployed people tops 10,000 in Kelowna

Kelowna census metropolitan area lost roughly 1,300 jobs between April and May

Community backlash over Black Lives Matter rally in Kelowna

Some members of Kelowna’s black community stated they don’t support Friday’s rally

West Kelowna Warriors to hold bottle drive for KidSport

The event will be held on June 13 at various locations

Second video of Kelowna RCMP arrest shows Mountie punching suspect at least 10 times

The officer involved in the incident has been reassigned to administrative duties

Okanagan’s Grand Chief Stewart Phillip appeals for living-donor kidney transplant

Okanagan Nation Alliance Grand Chief has chronic kidney disease

New video evidence in Surrey man’s West Kelowna murder trial shown in court

The defence closed its case following the playing of the video in court, marking the end of the evidentiary phase of the trial

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

Flooding prompts closure of parks along Shuswap and Mara lakes

Boaters asked to respect No Wake policy protecting properties along water

Black Lives Matter protester stands alone in Vernon

Rumblings of a citywide protest continue across social media platforms

Injured 71-year-old mountain biker rescued from Okanagan trail

Vernon firefighters assisted with the rescue in Ellison Provincial Park

Most Read