Halloween in Wilmington: Pumpkins in the park


WILMINGTON -- While driving down Main Street, you may notice that over 60 pumpkins are carved and ready to glow for the upcoming festivities happening in town.

Those pumpkins are part of the local group Social Action Project's Halloween celebration.

"They put out a call to have people carve pumpkins in whatever way they want to carve," said local artist Mary Wright, who assisted with organizing the event.

On Oct. 31, all the pumpkins dropped off at River Bank Park will be installed and lit up while children go door to door, asking for candy at the businesses along Main Street. The event is called "Pumpkins in the Park at Dark."

This will be the second year for the pumpkin display in the park, which is located in the middle of downtown Wilmington at the intersection of Route 9 and 100, where the newly repaired pergola park sits along the Deerfield River.

Social Action Project will be offering hot cider to people walking the street. The group is made up of all local people. For now, most of their efforts are focused on events happening in Wilmington.

Wright told the Reformer that the group will most likely have a scary installation at the park next to the pumpkins and most of the businesses will be giving out candy to trick-or-treaters during the day.

Although Social Action Project requested that the pumpkins be dropped off by Oct. 26, the group is still accepting more.

"People are still bringing them in and we're loving that," said Wright. "People can continue to add in more pumpkins."

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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