As I write it’s Halloween and any hour now there’ll be children battering at the door, baying for sweets and bringing out the inner curmudgeon in me.
Where I’ve just been though, something just as seasonal but much more magical is being set up for Friday evening.
It’s been a great year for Sefton Park.
Apart from the abomination that was the pay on entry Food Festival, there have been the glorious inclusive celebrations of Africa Oyé and the Liverpool International Music Festival. Now, the Park’s getting ready for the Lanterns.
And I’ve been to have a look.
Things are happening.
The tower that was started last weekend looks just about finished.
And it’s got an owl on top.
Still building this one. Lighthouse or wedding cake?
Some of the lanterns were there too.
Practising waking up.
A looming crow.
A diaphanous owl.
And as you’d expect…
A grinning skeleton.
Though of course, tomorrow evening there won’t be glancing afternoon sunlight.
But there will be lights.
The parade starts at 6:30pm from here.
The Obelisk, at the Ullet Road end of the Park.
It’ll be led off by the brilliant Movema.
Their music being provided by Graham and his Brilliant Bicycle.
You might recognise Graham and his serious beard. He’s part of Homebaked.
The Parade will come along the long avenue.
With its colourful path.
And it will all look something like this, from last year.
Hundreds of people and lanterns.
Who will have been working for weeks on their magical constructions, at community workshops across the city.
And we’ll be there too.
Sarah, no doubt as a witch (Carly’s the one who’s not a witch here!)
And me, doing my annual (very) bad cover of a Black Sabbath album impression.
And the Park will be waiting for you.
So surely you’ll be there?
Best use of a public open space in the dark? Definitely.
It’s a new route this year, but finishing on the same field as usual. More information from the Lantern Company here.