Mayor Martin J. Walsh has announced the Fall Pumpkin Festival coming to the Boston Common Frog Pond on Saturday, October 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Hundreds of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns will float on the water and festive family activities will be offered.
Attendees are asked to bring 8-inch or smaller carved pumpkins that will be lit and then floated on the Frog Pond for a picturesque early evening display. In addition, attendees are invited to judge creatively carved and decorated jack-o’-lanterns from various local sports teams and organizations. Adults and children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and participate in a spooky parade around the Frog Pond. Children will be able to decorate luminary bags which will be displayed and illuminated along the edge of the Frog Pond.
This event is presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Skating Club of Boston with additional support provided by Mass Farmers Markets, Boston Cares, Magic 106.7, and media partner the Boston Herald.
A monster mash of science activities presented by the Parks Department’s ParkSCIENCE program will include Science on the Street, Mass Audubon Society, and Halloween giveaways. All pumpkins will be donated to Boston Natural Areas Network after the event for composting.
This free family-friendly event will include a magician and children’s crafts. Other activities include games and giveaways by Magic 106.7 and scarily delicious snacks and refreshments provided by HP Hood LLC, Polar Beverages, Cabot Cheese, and DAVIDsTEA.
For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505, visit www.facebook.com/bostonparksdepartment or www.boston.gov/parks.