One Night Only
Friday, Oct 25
6:00-9:00 pm

Oakland Nature Preserve
Calling All Artists And
Jack-O-Lantern Enthusiasts:

We want to display your talent!   Bring us your Jack-O-Lantern for display.  Kids 12  and under will be automatically entered  into a Jack-O-Lantern contest for a chance to win prizes.    All pumpkins submitted will be available for pick up after the event.

First, Second, and Third place prizes will be awarded in three kid's age classes  for overall artistry, along with many special themed categories (nature-themed, school spirit, Saluki pride, cutest, silliest, scariest).

Age classes: 
0-5, 6-9, 10-12,

Children under 10  can enter no-carve pumpkins.  These pumpkins can be painted and decorated any way your young little artist would like, but no glitter or plastic please (pumpkins not picked up will be composted).  These pumpkins will be displayed in a lighted section of the trail.

All pumpkins from   older children and adults should be carved, as they will be displayed in the unlit portion of the trail.

Bring your pumpkin to the Oakland Nature Preserve Friday Oct  25th from 8am -  3pm.  Please write your first name only, age, and phone number   in black sharpie on the bottom where it cannot be seen by the judges. 

Can't make this  date and time?  The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale will accept Pumpkins Thursday, Oct 24  from 9am to 6pm, or contact the GE director at or 618 201-3774 for other arrangments.

The Glow Trail

Join us for Carbondale's only nighttime Jack-O-Lantern hike.  The Oakland Preserve's Glow Trail will be lined with hundreds of Jack-O-Lanterns creating an ethereal and beautiful night-time hike.  Proceeds will benefit both the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois &  Green Earth. 

Location and Parking:
The event will take place at Green Earth’s Oakland Preserve, located at 1319  North Oakland Ave, directly across from the City Cemetery.  Parking will be available at  two locations adjacent to the cemetery.  Just look for the  signs!     

Other Fun:  ​
Concession sales of hot beverages and dessert snacks will be offered along with face painting,   free kids games,  a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and 
live music by local artists Marty Merrill and Candy Davis.  

Many activities are free including kids games, music, and enjoying the bonfire.  We are asking adults for a donation of $5 for walking the Glow Trail, kids are free.

Carbondale Halloween
We are proud to be part of the entire Carbondale Halloween Celebration.  To view other activities for
Oct. 25 & Oct. 26, visit CarbondaleHalloween.Com

For more information about the Pumpkin Glow email  or call  618 201-3774 .   
Would You Like To Be A Business Sponsor?
We are  actively seeking business sponsors for this event at three sponsorship levels:  
Silver  Sponsor ($100): 
          Business name and/or logo (up to 9"x9") posted on the Glow Trail entrance banner
Gold Sponsor ($250):

          Business will be featured on Green Earth's website and social media
          Business name  and/or logo  (up to 12"x12") will be posted on the Glow Trail entrance banner

Platinum Sponsor ($1,000):
          Business will be listed as a  benefactor in all print advertising and media interactions
          Business will be featured on Green Earth's website and social media
          Business name and/pr logo (up to 18"x18" will be posted on the Glow Trail entrance banner

contact Stephanie Eichholz at or 618 201-3774 to lock in your sponsorship today!