Kettering neighbours decide to cancel street's annual Halloween celebrations
The Kingsley Avenue Halloween displays are well known in Kettering
A Kettering street known for going all out at Halloween has decided not to celebrate the spooky night this year.
Kingsley Avenue's Halloween celebrations are well-known in Kettering, with many people travelling to see the residents' amazing displays.
One resident told the Northants Telegraph: "It is very sad that the annual Halloween events probably won’t be going ahead this year due to some of the residents understandably not being comfortable with taking part this year."
One reason the event is so popular is because of its community spirit, the resident said: "No one person, group or organisation runs or has ever run Halloween on this street, it was just something that occurs naturally. And the decision that Halloween on Kingsley Avenue most likely won’t be occurring this year was not made by one person or group, it is an assumption made on the basis of the amount of residents that said they would not be partaking this year."
The news was shared on Facebook by resident Michael Clipstone, who said: "Kingsley Avenue is mad for Halloween and as a community we love sharing a night of fun & laughter with you all.
"It's with a heavy heart that the Avenue has decided, with Covid-19 a constant threat, that it would be irresponsible to encourage a large gathering.
"So there will not be a Halloween celebration in the Avenue this year. We will miss you all terribly & promise to come back bigger & better next year."
Many people commented saying they would miss the event and it was a shame neighbours had decided not to go ahead with the tradition this year, but it was understandable and the right decision to make.
One comment said: "Absolute best event Kettering has to offer. Loved it last year! Very glad to hear the residents are being respectful of current events and can't wait to see what you're all brewing up for 2021!"
A lot of planning goes into the annual Halloween display on Kingsley Avenue, and residents said they will be using the year off to plan an even bigger and better event for next year.
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