All Hallows Eve Celebration
This is a fun, family-friendly activity for all ages and is held whether it's raining or not. This year's event is from 6-8 pm on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Volunteer Park on the Key Peninsula.
Be sure and bring your carved pumpkin for the carved pumpkin contest ... and don't forget to wear a costume!
Take a ride through the haunted forest where the Red Barn leadership youth group transforms into everything spooky. Afterward, roast a S'more over the campfire, warm up with a cup of cocoa or cider and do a craft with KP Baptist Church.
Visit Mr. & Mrs. Rot by the antique tractor and take a picture or two with them! Then try your apple aiming skills at the apple launcher located on the baseball field. Enjoy spooky fun music and dancing by a local DJ and then ... it's time for the flashlight treat hunt!
6 to 7:30 pm
7:35 pm - picnic shelter
7:50 pm - Flashlight treat hunt begins!
Thank you to all the volunteers who help make this happen. Thank you also to KP Baptist Fellowship for hosting a craft and to Bruce Titus Tacoma Subaru for being a sponsor this year!
How to make your carved pumpkin last longer ...
The intact skin of a pumpkin protects it until you carve it. But then various organisms (fungi, bacteria, molds, protozoans, insects - also known as "those little buggers") can invade your gourd and start to break it down. Oxygen in the air also breaks down the pumpkin through oxidation and simple dehydration (drying out) will begin the moment the pumpkin is carved.
All of this will turn your carved young happy pumpkin face into a sad old man in a few days time! To keep your pumpkin from aging, we need to do two things: sterilize the pumpkin's carved surfaces (kill fungi, mold, bacteria, bugs), and seal the surfaces to prevent drying and to keep out new "little buggers."
Here are the simple steps: