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 likes it’s lost it 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
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
November 2, 12:30 p.m.
Bring your pumpkins (1 per person) to the Community Park Sled Hill and watch them soar, roll and compost! Mundelein High School will have Big Red, the trebuchet to launch pumpkins. Pumpkins that aren’t launched can be rolled and smashed. Don’t miss this fun and FREE event for the whole family. You can also just drop them in the Pumpkin recycling bins from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. that day. Cheryl’s family loves this event, read why.
Smash it! – Pumpkin Smash Events
Annual Pumpkin Smash
Glencoe Community Garden, 380 Old Green Bay Rd., Glencoe
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
Compost it! – Pumpkin Compost Events
College of Lake County, Washington St., Grayslake
November 2, 9:00 a.m.
The CLC Environmental Club will hold their annual composting event in parking lot 3, just south of Washington Street. Stop by the College and chuck your pumpkins and gourds for some treats.
Is there a place we missed? Tell us in the comments!