It was a great way to carve out some fun on a sunny autumn afternoon.

The event was the third annual pumpkin carving co-sponsored by St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the Old Post Road Area Association on the parish grounds next to Fairfield's historic Town Hall Green.

As orange orbs glowed in the warm afternoon sun, visitors could have their pick from a pile of pumpkins and then, at one of the pumpkin-carving stations, have the innards scooped out and faces fashioned to complete the transformation into jack-o-lantern suitable for the season.

The crowd also enjoyed snacks and face painting, while glow-in-the-dark skeletons scared up some holiday fun, a contribution from Old Post Road resident Gay Gasser and her Mirth-in-a-Box novelties business.

"This supports St. Paul's Youth Group and OPRAA, which are collaborating right now on getting historic signs placed in our area," said Julianne Stirling, a St. Paul's parishioner and the event's coordinator. "They cost about $1,500 apiece."

Geiger's Nursery provided all the pumpkins "at a deep discount," said Stirling, as well as harvest-theme decorations like cornstalks, hay bales and mums.

Isabelle Manacapelli, 8, of Easton, was particularly excited to be at the event. "This is my old preschool and I always want to come back here at Halloween to get our pumpkins," she said of St. Paul's. "It's fun to decorate them and easy for mom and dad."