Celebrate fall fun at Pumpkin Fest in Grayslake

  • Children and families wait eagerly to hear the Pumpkin Fest Costume Contest winners at last year's Grayslake Pumpkin Fest.

    Children and families wait eagerly to hear the Pumpkin Fest Costume Contest winners at last year's Grayslake Pumpkin Fest. Courtesy of Dana Olson

 
Submitted by Dana Olson
Updated 10/14/2019 10:40 AM

The Grayslake Community Park District invites the public to the 12th Annual Pumpkin Fest from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Central Park Aquatic Fields, 250 Library Lane, Grayslake.

"Pumpkin Fest is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy an evening together in Central Park," said Grayslake Park District Executive Director Kristin Splitt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"Children visit with their favorite characters along the character path, play Halloween games and show off their costumes at this fun-filled event."

Pumpkin Fest features a character path, Halloween-themed games, hay rides, inflatables and bounce houses, storytelling by the Grayslake Historical Society and more. Children and parents are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes and enter the costume contest that starts at 7 p.m.

New this year, spooky ghosts and pumpkins made from recycled gallon milk jugs will line the train route. Decorated by Grayslake Park District I Love Learning Preschool classes and children who visited the park district booth at the Grayslake Farmers Market, the decorations will set the scene for Halloween fun.

Register in advance with the Grayslake Park District for a reduced rate of $8 or pay $13 per child the day of the event. Adult attendance is free with a paying child. The rainout date is Thursday, Oct. 24.

The park district extends thanks to presenting event sponsors Kids Dentist and Grayslake Orthodontics for helping make the event possible. Special thanks to Lou Malnati's for serving free pizza slices, while supplies last.

Visit www.glpd.com for more information and to register.

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