Monster Month set to launch with pumpkin smashing event

CENTRE WELLINGTON — The communities of Elora and Fergus are uniting to unleash a unique kick-off event for Monster Month and officially “release the monsters!” 

“The Awakening” is a free public spectacle on Oct. 1, at 2pm at the Elora Green Space in downtown Elora.

Organizers are eschewing the traditional ribbon cutting and instead opening the event with a pumpkin smashing.

“Who needs a ribbon-cutting when you can witness the mayor’s epic pumpkin smash?” states a Sept. 6 press release announcing the event.  Township council members will join Centre Wellington Mayor Shawn Watters for the opening event.

Organizers promise an “unforgettable” experience with “eye-popping halloween visuals.”

“Your eyes won’t know where to look as zombies break into a choreographed dance, and the Halloween fashion show sends chilling looks down the runway. Don’t forget to bring your little ones and come dressed to impress,” the release states.

“The Awakening” is the grand opening to a month of eerie and exciting events across Elora and Fergus. Monster Month has been a local tradition for over 20 years and features a unique range of Halloween-themed events. 

There will be a non-motorized parade, ghost walks, and haunted houses and creepy crawls, running until Oct. 31.

Monster Month began two decades back, inspired by local artist Tim Murton’s lantern monster creation. It has evolved into a township-wide celebration organized by the non-profit organization Sensational Elora. 

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