Castlemilk Stables Pumpkin Festival


The art of pumpkin carving dates back to the 19th century, when the practice took place during the annual Samhain festival, a Gaelic event held in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.

Today it remains a ritual steeped in folklore, with differing schools of thought as to whether the practice of carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns was originally intended to ward off evil spirits or simply depict them. Either way, the tradition has continued to this day and is a staple of any self-respecting Halloween celebration.

This Halloween season, the Cassiltoun Housing Association in Glasgow will hold a pumpkin carving festival outside of the Castlemilk Stables. Running from Sunday 23 to Wednesday 26 October, visitors will be given all the tools – and pumpkins – required to carve their own spooky creations. Expert pumpkin carvers will also be on hand to lend their skills and knowledge and ensure all pumpkins present are suitably scary.

The pumpkins will then be displayed on the Castlemilk Park Spooky Walks, which begin on Wednesday 26 October at 6:30pm, with the last walk leaving at 7:30pm. The walks, with the help of the jack-o’-lanterns, are designed to (literally) shine a light on the supposedly haunted side of the Glasgow park. Walkers are advised to bring with them warm, rain-proof clothing, a torch – and a strong heart!

The Castlemilk Stables Pumpkin Festival takes place outside Castlemilk Stables in Glasgow from 23 – 28 October.