Whitefield Halloween Festival, the North West Premier Halloween destination, takes place 20 – 31 October at various locations in Whitefield. Due to the enormous success of the inaugural Festival last year we are rolling the event over half term to include a series of interactive workshops, educational talks and fun activities to cater for all ages.
The main festival day will take place on 28 October, Hamilton Road Park, Whitefield (opposite the Police Station on Bury New Road).
The Town Centres Team and Whitefield Business Group have joined with key partners to bring you a festival packed with activities, you will be spoilt for choice. From traditional Halloween games to paranormal investigations, we have it all.
The origins behind Halloween date back to the Roman Feast of Pomona, Goddess of fruit and seeds, which is similar to the Celtic Festival of Samhain, meaning Summers End. Contrary to popular belief Halloween is not connected in any part to worshipping demons, but to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of harvest.
Whitefield Halloween Festival is about building community spirit, providing an organised safe environment for children to celebrate the holiday responsibly but above all HAVE FUN.
Aims and Objectives
We have partnered with GM Police and GM Fire to provide an organised event where we can ensure families can celebrate Halloween with their children in a safe environment. Last year (2011) we can confidently say there was a tangible decrease in anti-social behaviour in Whitefield and we hope that this year will see further reductions.
As a community group we do not want to take the fun out of Halloween nor do we want to encourage any social unacceptable practices associated with Halloween. The Whitefield Halloween Festival is a non-political, non-sectarian event developed to support the local business and the local community, to increase visitor numbers to our town, promote the use of green spaces and recreational facilities in Whitefield and to offer an alternative to traditional innocent ‘Trick or Treat’ activities, and put a stop the unacceptable criminal damage and bullying undertaken by the few in the guise of celebrating Halloween.