LITTLE ELM – Halloween tricks, treats, games and jack-o’-lanterns will be in great abundance at Little Elm’sPumpkin Hollow celebration starting Thursday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26 at Little Elm Park, according to Megan McGraw, Festival and Special Events Coordinator.
“During the three evenings of Pumpkin Hollow, we’ll have three separate events that will alight, fright and delight. First, the Johnny Broyles Nature Trail will be alight with homemade jack-o’-lanterns, illuminating the edges of the trail. Then, scary ghosts, goblins and witches will frighten even the hardiest souls at Haunted Hollow. And, finally lots of delightful games and kiddie activities will bring smiles to everyone at the Old Fashioned Carnival,” she said.
Pumpkin Hollow starts on Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., then continues on Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Plenty of secure, free parking is available at the park, 704 West Eldorado Parkway.
In an effort to encourage families to take on a group project, Little Elm’s Parks and Recreation is providing fresh pumpkins to residents who want to carve a jack-o’-lantern and display this piece of pumpkin art at Pumpkin Hollow. Interested families and individuals may swing by the Parks and Recreation administrative office at 101 Hardwicke and pick up a maximum of two pumpkins for carving. Pumpkins must be picked up during regular business hours.
“We’re hoping that folks who pick up a pumpkin will wait to carve it until right before it’s delivered to us. We’d like to keep them as fresh as possible throughout the celebration,” she added.
Pumpkins carved into jack-o’-lanterns, or other appropriate Halloween or fall themes, should be delivered to Little Elm Park on Wednesday, Oct. 23 or Thursday, Oct. 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. From there, Town personnel will insert a tea light into each pumpkin and place them along the trail, lighting them during each Pumpkin Hollow evening.
Also part of the fun is a haunted house experience, called Haunted Hollow. Entry into the walk-through house is $5. Proceeds of the haunted house will be donated to a local charity. The frightful characters in Haunted Hollow will include residents of an area group foster home.
To complete the Pumpkin Hollow experience, a free Old Fashioned Carnival with games of chance and other kiddie activities will occur at the same time in an adjoining part of Little Elm Park.
“Pumpkin Hollow is designed to provide a safe and enjoyable celebration of a truly American traditional holiday. Costumes are encouraged as candy and small gifts will be readily available,” added McGraw.
In addition to Pumpkin Hollow, the Little Miss AutumnFest contest will be held on Oct. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Little Elm Park. The contest was postponed due to rain last month. Rules and entry forms are available online under the Parks and Recreation page of www.littleelm.org or by visiting the Parks and Recreation administrative office, the Little Elm Recreation Center, the Little Elm Public Library or on Facebook (Little Elm Little Miss Autumn Fest). Forms must be returned to the Parks office by Oct. 21.