Two local nonprofits, The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale and Green Earth, Inc., will partner to host The Pumpkin Glow, Carbondale’s first jack-o’-lantern nighttime hike on Oct. 20 and 21.
Area children and adults are invited to carve pumpkins that will be placed along a nature trail within one of the Green Earth preserves for a nighttime viewing event. The pumpkins will be free, and prizes for the most artistic entries will be offered based on age class.
Children will be given the opportunity to carve pre-hollowed pumpkins to be placed along the trail. Free pumpkin carving events will be held at different locations around Carbondale leading up to the Pumpkin Glow throughout October. Children 18 and younger can carve and submit their pumpkins for judging free. For adults 18 and older, there is a $15 submission fee. Prizes will be awarded to the top three children from each age class (5 and younger, 6-9, 10-13, 14-17) and to the top three adults.
A map with pumpkin locations will be created to help parents locate their little artist’s jack-o’-lantern on the trail. Docents will be spread out along the trail with flashlights to help people find specific pumpkins and to answer questions.
The BGCC will also be hosting a Chili Supper the night of 21st at the BGCC located at 250 N Springer Street, Carbondale. BGCC has arranged shuttle bus transportation between the two events.
There is a $5 entrance fee for those 19 and older. Wrist bands, needed to walk the trail, will be sold on site during the two-evening event. Concession sales of hot beverages and dessert snacks will be offered along with free kids games, music, and a bonfire. The event is sponsored in part by the Carbondale Park District, and all proceeds will go to benefit both the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale and Green Earth.
“I love how this trail is tucked into a neighborhood and yet feels so remote,” Green Earth Director Stephanie Eichholz said. “The woods at night will be an amazing place with all the glowing Jack-o’-lanterns. It will feel absolutely ethereal.”
“This event gives the youth a creative outlet and an opportunity to showcase their talent in a very unique event,” Tina Carpenter, Director of Operations of the Boys and Girls Club said.
Pumpkin Carving Events:
Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to noon, Turley Park, 1010 North Glenview.
Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to noon, Attucks Park, 800 N. Wall Street.
Oct. 15, noon to 3 p.m., Evergreen Park, 901 West Pleasant Hill Road.
Oct. 16, 3 to 6 p.m., Kid’s Korner, 101 North Glenview.
Oct. 17, 3 to 6 p.m., BGCC, Main Site 250 North Springer Street.
Oct. 18 3 to 6 p.m., BGCC, Lewis School, 801 S. Lewis Lane.
Oct. 19 3 to 6 p.m., BGCC, Carbondale Middle School, 1150 E Grand Ave.