Everyone loves a good Jack-O-Lantern, and Washington Park was a Jack-O-Lantern heaven on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 as they hosted the 15th annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular from 6:30-9:30 p.m. To view the pumpkins there was a fee. Adults were $7, children ages 4-11 $5, and children ages 3 and under were free. The pumpkins were displayed around the carillon and the Washington Park Botanical Garden. This was the art club’s 3rd year contributing to the pumpkin display, which had over 2,000 Pumpkins.
Mr. Anthony Wilson is the art club sponsor.
“We were given 20 pumpkins this year, but next year we can get more if more students come to join us,” he said.
The event provided and delivered the pumpkins for the art club.
“You can get into the art club by just coming to the art club. Anyone can join. They meet after school on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month, unless there is no school or a conference,” Mr. Wilson says.
The requirements on the carving was that the designs had to be school appropriate also no painting only carving. Mr. Wilson prepares for this event by making sure the art club has plenty of carving tools and their imaginations! The fun part about all of this is that the pumpkin carved by students get viewed by a very large crowd. Also, at night time, the pumpkins will lite up. The only light in the area will be the pumpkins. The art club joined this event because Mr. Wilson knew it would be a fun way to get dirty and show students art can be made in many different ways.
“This event is a good way to show that kids at Lanphier can have a good time and are very creative.”
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular was founded by former Rees Carillon Society Board Member Ms. Brenda Poston. Washington Park hosted an event that goes along with this called “Carve For The Carillon.” This event was for anyone on October 12 and 13 to come out and show their artistic skills by carving a pumpkin. All you had to do was supply your carving tool and then Washington Park supplied the pumpkins.
Washington Park took donations of pumpkins from pumpkin farmers, so that many people could be involved. At night time, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular featured special Carillon music, lighting, sound effects, a unique tree of lights, and food vendors. Fundraising proceeds included corporate sponsorships and admissions. Attendance at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular raises $5,000 to $8,000 annually.