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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pumpkin Walk

Every year a local church in our area hosts something called the Pumpkin Walk.  It's held on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday near the end of October. This began in 2007 to provide a safe and fun way to celebrate this time of year.  They started with 700 visitors the first year, and have grown each year.  This year they had 1200 people on Thursday, 2300 on Friday and I'm sure just as many on Saturday.
They have a trail through the woods behind their church that is 1/10 of a mile.  On that trail, there were 700 pumpkins displayed. (I wouldn't want to be the person to light all those candles!)
We took Alaina on Saturday night and we all enjoyed it.

We started with a pumpkin welcome.

At the entrance to the walk, we saw these pumpkin snowmen, along with Bert and Ernie.


This is the beginning of the trail.  You can see that it was well attended.


These pumpkins also had some recognizable carvings.  I see the hat from the Cat in the hat, Curious George and the boy from the Incredibles.


It was dark when I took these pictures, but using the night option lights up the photo.  It also makes them a little blurry, but you can see how the trail is lined with carved and lit pumpkins.


There were some pretty amazing carving jobs.


 Alaina had fun checking them out!


This was my favorite grouping: Kermit, Animal and Miss Piggy.  Someone has a much steadier hand than I do.

At the end of the trail, they had hot and cold cider, along with cookies and cupcakes. The whole event is free, done as a service to the community.  What fun!


21 comments:

Sally Crowe said...

How cute is that! So many different carvings. Alaina looks like she was having a good time. Thanks for sharing, Mari!

xoxo

Judy said...

Oh how fun! We were just in lower Michigan over the weekend visiting our son, dil and the grandsons. They carved a couple pumpkins but nothing like the ones you saw :)

Jean Stauffer said...

I would LOVE doing that with grandchildren!!

White Lace and Promises said...

Oh look at sweet Alaina. I love this idea. I'm going to post on facebook!

Darla said...

I would really enjoy this, what a fun thing to do with a grandaughter.

Sola Scriptura said...

What a fun event it must be! The hot drinks and sweet treats are a perfect way to end such a night!

Linda E said...


That is fantastic! I loved seeing all the pumpkins and your sweet Alaina looked like she was enjoying it all. Somebody had a good eye and great carving hand too!

Betsy Brock said...

What a nice thing for your community...looks like a lot of fun! Can't believe how it's grown, too!

Stephanie said...

Wow, what fabulous pumpkins! Each one is very creative and unique :)

Happy Monday, Mari! Hugs!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I would have LOVED going along with you. What an incredible, wonderful, safe and fun trip. You mentioned you wouldn't want to be the one to light the candles...but think of all the time and effort [done with love and caring for the community] given in the carving too.

Wow.

Ceil said...

Hi Mari! What a fabulous idea! And the photos you took were so clear, I could see all the faces and shapes, even though it was night. Great job!
That Cat in the Hat one was really good. And I really got a feel for the walk with your photo of the walkway.
I hope other groups will do this too. Great way to encourage fellowship :)
Blessings,
Ceil

sara said...

what a great idea!! And there are some talented carvers there!

Patsy said...

Amazing what people can do with a pumpkin.

Terri D said...

Well, Alaina is adorable. The pumpkin carvings are amazing! Someone is quite talented! Were there candles or were they the battery tea lights? Seems like the battery kind would be more safe. Very nice, and that it is free is wonderful!

Deb said...

What a fun family event! I love this. I know you all had a great time.

Nancy said...

I've never been to that, but it looks like fun for all!!! What a clever thing to do.

Beth said...

Wow! That is a lot of lighting of candles! What a fun idea! Some folks got quite elaborate with the carving. All my grandchildren of all ages would like this!

Nancy said...

You have the most fun and unusual things going on around you….This is such a neat idea but I have never heard of doing this before….

Jenny said...

Oh my, I would have loved that. Especially the hot cider. LOL seriously those punkins are awe-inspiring. Alaina gets to do a whole heap of fun stuff! xoxo

Cherdecor said...

I bet that was a lot of fun!

Michelle F said...

Amazing! Someone sure is creative.
My favorites are Bert and Ernie, and the cross.

Stay warm!