Blackberry Farm hosts Pumpkin Weekends in October

By on October 8, 2011

AURORA—Blackberry Farm will celebrate the fall season throughout October with its popular Pumpkin Weekends.

Each weekend, including Columbus Day, Oct. 11, Blackberry Farm will be decorated in the spirit of pumpkin season. A picnic area will feature an assortment of pumpkins for purchase, and a decorating station with painting supplies is provided.

There will be carousel rides, hay rides and tours on the Pumpkin Train. Park hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $4 per person.

Due to construction that will bring a series of improvements to the grounds and facilities, the Carriage, Farm and Early Streets museums will not be open during Pumpkin Weekends. The pedal tractor course also is closed.

Each weekend features a different series of activities:
• Saturday, Oct. 8: Pumpkin activities from noon to 3:30 p.m., where visitors can decorate Halloween masks, play pumpkin Bozo buckets, pumpkin ring toss and other games.
• Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16: Scarecrow display. Come see a variety of scarecrows on display that capture the autumn spirit and showcase the creativity of local Scout troops, school groups and individuals.
• Saturdays, Oct. 22 and 29: Trick-or-Treat Walk from 10 to 11 a.m. Before the park officially opens—visitors can make their way around to nine stations, then stay after the park opens at 11 a.m. A costume contest will be held at 10:45 a.m. in front of the Huntoon House. Advanced registration required.