ORGANISERS in Hawick are preparing for a Spooktacular event at Wilton Lodge Park.

This Sunday, October 23, the park will host a hair-raising afternoon as the second annual scarecrow design and pumpkin carving competition takes place.

The contest in the Park’s Walled Garden starts at 1pm and ends at 3pm, with all ages invited to enter their best scarecrow.

The winning entries will take top place in the garden for spring planting.

Events Manager for Wilton Lodge Park, Gordon Webber said: “The entries we received last year for the scarecrow competition were brilliant.

“They came to great use in the garden with the spring planting and were so popular we left them there all year round.

“We are hoping all ages will get involved again this year and come up with some scarecrow creations that we can put to practical use early next year.

“There will also be some home-grown squash and pumpkins from the garden for carving. The pumpkin carving proved very popular as well last year with lots of entries.”

Craft activities and other surprises are also in store for Sunday's event. 
The spooky afternoon is free to attend, with small charges for craft materials and pumpkins.

The events programme is part of the £3.64million Wilton Lodge Park Regeneration project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Borders Council (SBC).

For more information, visit or email Gordon Webber at