A free Halloween trail is happening across Birmingham to help families celebrate all things spooky in a safe and socially distanced way.
We Are Bearwood is hosting a ‘Scarewood Trail’ throughout Bearwood streets and neighbouring districts, encouraging people to put jack O’lantern pumpkins and spooky decorations in their windows and front gardens.
There’s a map with pumpkin spots marking households planning to display pumpkins and ghost markers for families looking to put together a spooky scene!
Some families have already put out Halloween decorations, whilst others are planning to put out their displays as soon as the children break up from school for half term and many are waiting until October 31 to unveil their spine-tingling adornments.
The Bearwood group was formed in 2019 as a way of bringing people together through community events. Organiser and grandmother of three Marian Hills explained: “We launched with a street festival and then held Window Wanderland in November where we encouraged people to decorate their windows after dark for people to enjoy.
“This year we felt we couldn’t do anything to bring people together so instead we’re asking people to decorate their windows and front gardens between now and the end of the year. So we’re starting off with the Scarewood Trail for Halloween, then we’ll be doing something in November and asking people to share details of their Christmas decorations in December.
“We’ve had an amazing response! More than 30 households have already signed up and it’s only the beginning of October. People are very enthusiastic about it.”
Marian has marked all those who are taking part on a map so people can spend a spooky evening visiting all the decorations on show. You can view the map here and get in touch via the We Are Bearwood Facebook page to add your address to the map if you’d like to take part. And it’s not just for people in Bearwood, she said.
“Bearwood is quite a nebulous area so people from Quinton, Oldbury, Warley, Harborne, Smethwick and North Edgbaston are joining in too, which is great,” added Marian, whose grandchildren are eight, 10 and 12.
“We would love everyone to get involved in the trail whether just by putting a pumpkin (real or paper) in your window or a more involved display in your front garden. We have thirty houses already, it works well if they are close together so please tell your neighbours.
“Please let us know if you would like to be added to the map by sending your address and the date when you hope to put the display up (Oct 31st is fine) and adding the word “pumpkin”” if you are just displaying a pumpkin or “halloween” if it is a bit more scary. You can email email@example.com.”
“This time a lot of parents might want to drive their children around to see the trail but we’re hoping some kids might dress up and walk around the trail,” she added. “We’re not encouraging any trick or treating, of course, so this is not a trick or treat map.
“We thought it would be a fun thing to do that’s safe for everyone. We’ve split them into pumpkin and spooky markers on the map so that people with toddlers can just go to the houses showing pumpkins if they prefer. Like our previous events, the map will be updated right until the last day.”
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Scarewood Trail Map
So far the trail is taking in the following roads (subject to change) …
Hill Top Rd
St Katherine’s Rd
Bowling Green Drive
Sherwood Rd 24th Oct
Three Shires Oak Rd
Milcote Rd 31st Oct
Upper St Mary’s Rd
Warley Baptist Church
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