We're Having Our 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch Event
Got kids? Looking for a fun family event to take them to this month? How about celebrating with some pre-Halloween fun.
We are holding our Third Annual Pumpkin Patch Event at the Tye-Dyed Iguana in Fairview Heights. It is a free event for kids and their families.
Here’s everything you need to know about the event, plus some pumpkin carving ideas to give you a leg up on our contests…
When is the event
We are holding the Tye-Dyed Iguana Third Annual Pumpkin Patch Event on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The second half of the event will occur on Saturday, October 26 at 12 noon. You must attend the first part of the event on the 19th in order to take part in the contests on the 26th.
What activities are available
We welcome everyone to arrive to the event in costume, kids and parents included. There will be face painting and coloring. And we are providing complimentary snacks and beverages.
We’re also going to hand out a free pumpkin to each child who attends. They can take the pumpkin home with them to either decorate with paint or carve into a jack-o’-lantern. And they can bring their finished pumpkin back again for the second half of our event the following Saturday, when we will judge the pumpkins in the following four categories:
- Painted Pumpkin
- Painted Pumpkin (Co-Op)
- Carved Pumpkin
- Carved Pumpkin (Co-Op)
Pumpkins will be small, about the size of a cantaloupe. The child must be present to receive the pumpkin, and there is a limit of one pumpkin per child. Contest winners may receive a trophy, gift cards, or other prizes.
Where you can find pumpkin carving ideas
If you like to participate in our carved pumpkin contest, we have a few resources you can check out for design ideas.
The site has a slideshow with some inventive additions to your pumpkin carving swipe file. It includes kid-friendly ideas like adding googly eyes and silly monster faces or carving emojis into your pumpkins.
Here you’ll find some creative ideas for both pumpkin painting and pumpkin carving, including a cute smiling pumpkin with lollipops for hair.
This site provides some different pumpkin decorating ideas that you don’t see often. Specifically, it shows ways to use different accessories and props to up your pumpkin decorating game.
Think you can’t make an excellent carving with small pumpkins? The Mini Garden Guru will show you how it’s done.
We’re looking forward to seeing all of the unique designs kids come up with for the contest!