October 20 & 21
6:00-9:00 pm

Oakland Nature Preserve
Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Events:

  • Sat 10/14, 9-12pm, Turley Park
                                                    1010 North Glenview, Carbondale
       Sat 10/14, 1-4pm, Attucks Park Pavilion
                                                     400 North Wall Street, Carbondale

  • Sun 10/15, 12-3pm, Evergreen Park
                                                     901 West Pleasant Hill Road, Carbondale

  • Mon 10/16, 3-6pm, Kid’s Korner 
                                                    101 North Glenview, Carbondale

  • Tues 10/17, 3-6 pm, BGCC, Main Site
                                                     250 North Springer Street, Carbondale

  • Wed 10/18, 3-6 pm, BGCC, Lewis School 
                                                      801 S. Lewis Lane, Carbondale

  • Thurs 10/19, 3-6 pm, BGCC, Carbondale Middle School 
                                                      1150 E Grand Ave, Carbondale

Please join us for the areas first night time Jack-O-Lantern trail hike.  A trail at the Oakland Preserve will be lined with hundreds of Jack-O-Lanterns creating an ethereal and beautiful night-time hike.  The event is sponsored in part by the Carbondale Park District, and all proceeds will go to benefit both the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale (BGCC) and Green Earth. 
Area children will be given the opportunity to carve or decorate pre-hollowed pumpkins that will be placed along the trail.  Free pumpkin carving/decorating events will be held at different locations around Carbondale leading up to the Pumpkin Glow (see the list of locations and times the the right). 

Children 18 & under can submit their pumpkins for judging free of charge.  For adults 18 & over, there is a $15 submission fee.  New:  Students submission fee is only $5!!!  Prizes will be awarded to the top three children from each age class (5 & under, 6-9, 10-13, 14-17) and to the top three adults 18 & over.  

We ask that children under 8 enter no-carve pumpkins.  These pumpkins can be painted and decorated any way your young little artist would like - as long as they are not carved.  We also ask that parents let children submit their OWN work.  As tempting as it is to "help out", please don't cheat!  Let's keep this a fair and honest contest.
A map with pumpkin locations will be created to help parents locate their little artist’s Jack-O-Lantern on the trail.  Docents will be spread out along the trail with flashlights to help people find specific pumpkins and to answer questions.

The event will take place at Green Earth’s Oakland Preserve, located on North Oakland Avenue, directly across from the City Cemetery, parking will be available directly across the road.   The BGCC will also be hosting a Chili Supper the night of 21st at the BGCC located at 250 N Springer Street, Carbondale.  BGCC has arranged shuttle bus transportation between the two events.

There is a $5 entrance fee for those 18 and older (17 & under are free).  Wrist bands, needed to walk the trail, will be sold on site during the two-evening event.  Concession sales of hot beverages and dessert snacks will be offered along with free kids games, music, and a bonfire.  

For more information call 618 201-3774 or email director@greenearthinc.org
Submisison Form

Want to enter your jack-o-lantern but can't make it to a pumpkin carving party?  No problem!  

Click the link above to print out a submission form.  Bring your Jack-O-Lantern and your completed form to the Boys and Girls Club (250 N Springer Street, Carbondale) Monday Oct 16-Thursday October 19th from 9am to 6pm.  Your pumpkin will be added to the trail and entered into the contest!