So you hit the pumpkin patch, and you picked the perfect pumpkin (or several), and then you excitedly prepped them for your kids, who promptly ran off because Ewwww pumpkin guts are gross. Now it’s November 1, and your Jack-o’-lantern looks like it’s lost its dentures or has developed a bad case of mold. Don’t just toss it in the dumpster–there is still time to make family fun out of it! Yes, really!
Pumpkin Launching Events in Lake County
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Feed it! – Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur
Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch, 40 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington
Through October 31, days and times vary. See the website for more details.
If my fellow Little Lake County writer Tracy didn’t tell me about this, I wouldn’t have believed it. Among many other fun fall attractions, Goebbert’s offers a robotic dinosaur who will eat pumpkins. Head to the link above to check out the video before you head down.
Drop it! – Pumpkin Drop Events
Annual Pumpkin Drop
Keith Mione Community Park, Mundelein
Cheryl’s family loves this event, read why.
Canceled for 2020
Smash it! – Pumpkin Smash Events
Annual Pumpkin Smash
Glencoe Community Garden, 380 Old Green Bay Rd., Glencoe
Sunday, November 2, 10:00 a.m.
Bring your pumpkins to the Garden, smash ‘em, and compost them! Please wear closed-toe shoes, appropriate clothes, and gloves. COVID-19 guidelines will be adhered to.
Compost it! – Pumpkin Compost Events
Is there a place we missed? Tell us in the comments!
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Kari loves to write and take photos, not necessarily in that order. Kari loves making people laugh, being real, and spending time with her husband and two daughters. She also really loves her dog Buddy and fish Lucy. When she is not busy writing or going through the Starbucks drive-thru, you can find her talking to her plants Zoe, Evie, and Albert. She didn’t name Evie. Her nine-year-old did. But she’s totally an Edna so that’s what Kari calls her when her nine-year-old isn’t home.