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