23 October 2021

Local business owners will be carving pumpkins to display in their windows throughout the Milngavie precinct from Mon 25th to Sunday 31st October, as part of the “Halloween Loves Local” campaign.

Milngavie pumpkin orthodonist
Milngavie pumpkins after a visit to the orthodonist

Milngavie is joining with hundreds of high streets across the UK, and thousands of businesses, to celebrate Halloween, as part of the annual tradition of pumpkin carving.

The Pumpkin Hunt idea was introduced to local businesses a few years ago and it was instantly embraced with many businesses taking part. The local turn out for last year’s event during COVID demonstrated how excited children were about Halloween, and the disappointment that they were unable to go trick or treating.

Due to its popularity, the Milngavie Business Improvement District (BID) have produced a trail map highlighting all the streets taking part, so the children know where to go hunting the carved pumpkins. Some will have a letter to spell out
“L O V E S L O C A L H A L L O W E E N”, in support of the national Scotland Loves Local campaign.

However, there are many more beautifully carved pumpkins hidden around the town than the number of letters, so children and parents are strongly advised to look very carefully to find the important letters.

Halloween Loves Local map for the Milngavie annual pumpkins trail
Find the Letters on the carved Pumpkins. Beware, there are many pumpkins without a letter. Pick up a Flyer from the rack at Tesco and many local retailers. Or Download the map from here
Milngavie pumpkin beauty treatment
Even pumpkins get beauty treatments in Milngavie

The Milngavie pumpkin hunt is being supported by Tesco and M&S, who are supplying the pumpkins. Once the children have identified all the letters, entries can be handed into the Tesco Community Champion. One lucky winner will receive a £25 Milngavie Gift Card that can be spent in over 50 businesses in Milngavie.

Graeme Ross, chair of Milngavie BID said: “Local businesses need your support more than ever this year. They have really great quality, eco-friendly products for people to buy. Our independent shops and businesses are also very innovative and forward thinking, and this is what helps to make Milngavie town centre so special.

“We appreciate our community support, and activities like the Pumpkin Hunt are to say thank you for that support; and to show just what great value our local businesses are.

“Spending even a small amount in Milngavie precinct on a regular basis can make a big difference to our local businesses and helps keep our town centre vibrant and viable”.

In Milngavie there is a great variety of shops, food and drink as well as health, hair and beauty salons.  Most money spent locally, stays local; so by buying a coffee, going for lunch or buying a gift, you can do your bit to support the local businesses and your local community.

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#MilngavieLovesLocal #ThinkLocalFirst #ChooseLocal.


The Milngavie Business Improvement District is directly funded by all businesses in Milngavie town centre. Since being set up in 2014, businesses have invested over £450,000 into Milngavie. This is achieved through their annual BID levy, where amounts paid depend on the size of the business. East Dunbartonshire Council contribute £30,000 per annum to help deliver the current business plan from 2019 to 2024.