October brings the start of the holiday season with halloween leading into thanksgiving, christmas and hanukkah. One of the biggest festivals sure to put you into the mood is the annual highwood pumpkin festival. This premiere festival features 32,000 pumpkins lit at the the same time on display to showcase this saturday October 19, 2013 at 7:30pm. The festival also features a pumpkin pie eating contest, hayrides, and on sunday a 5k pumpkin run and kids dash. Proceeds from the festival go towards the charity St. Baldrick’s Foundation which benefits childhood cancer.
The festival also showcases Highwood this quaint lively northshore town that is both family friendly and food/ bar scene. The festival has many local shops showcasing their yummy treats and special events such as face painting, glow in the dark wands for children and those young at heart. The best part of the festival is many people dress up in costumes letting their inner halloween spirit awaken. Families can both fully enjoy this four day festival that ends tonight and the best part they are giving back towards a wonderful cause.
Many musical acts also perform during the festival at the main and south stages including music by radio disney. Home depot is sponsoring a halloween themed craft section at the north gate section of the festival. Painters are also attending to inspire more halloween themed arts such as the internationally expressionist speed painter Elliot from Artbeat Live will be performing on the mainstage as well. The weather has started to chill but it’s still sunny and attending the Highwood Pumpkin festival tonight is a great way to start off your halloween holiday with the entire family!
After the holiday themed Highwood Pumpkin Festival try this great pumpkin themed art project to inspire your holiday!
Objective: The objective of this lesson is to share halloween memories and create new ones using a art themed pumpkin to inspire new halloween family activities.
White drawing paper
Orange construction paper
Pictures from past halloween
1. Place the white drawing paper on the center of table with orange construction paper, glitter glue, glue sticks, old halloween photos, and scissors.
2. Cut the orange construction paper into a shape of a pumpkin glue to the white drawing paper. Ask the children what their favorite memories of halloween were using the old photos place them on the pumpkin by gluing them down. Have the children write in glitter glue what new activities they would like to do with their families this halloween.
3. Let the pumpkin dry and keep as a keepsake which you can add to each year with new photos and words.