The 29th annual Pumpkin Festival on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28 was a special event for the community.
The festival, which featured pumpkin painting, pumpkin carving, a magic show act and balloon animals, live music from local bands and a lighted forest pumpkin walk, offered tons of fun and Halloween-themed activities.
“It’s a very nice night for the event. The pumpkins all get hidden for the walk tomorrow and everyone walks in their costumes on Monday,” said attendee Mary Ann Baker.
The pumpkin painting and carving occurred Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Roosevelt Center.
After attendees finished with their pumpkins, they left them for event organizers to transport to the forest for the pumpkin walk. The walk occurred Saturday evening, and attendees could see their pumpkins as well as hundreds of other jack-o’-lanterns lit up along the trails in the forest.
Amy Knesel, this year’s organizer, talked about how popular the festival is and how it plays an important role in protecting the Forest Preserve, as the forest is highly valued in the community.
The November 2 News Review has more pictures from the Pumpkin Festival and also from the annual costume parade in Roosevelt Center.