So you hit the pumpkin patch and you picked the perfect pumpkin (or several) and now it’s November 1 and your Jack-o’-lantern looks like it’s lost its dentures or has lost a fight with the local squirrel gang. Don’t just toss it in the dumpster–there is still time to make family fun out of it! Yes, really!
Pumpkin Launching Events in McHenry County
Launch It! – Pumpkin Cannon
Stade’s Shades of Autumn Pumpkin Festival
3709 Miller Rd., McHenry | (815) 675-6396
Weekends through October 27
Stade’s has been chucking pumpkins for years and has a special cannon to launch them through the air hourly. Check the website for times.
Feed it! – Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur
Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch, 40 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington
Through October 31, days and times vary see website for more details.
If my fellow Little Lake County writer Tracy didn’t tell me about this, I wouldn’t have believed it. Among many other fun fall attractions, Goebbert’s offers a robotic dinosaur who will eat pumpkins. Head to the link above to check out the video before you head down.
Roll it! – Pumpkin Roll Events
Pumpkin Roll & Pumpkin Smash
Lions Park, Cary
2 November 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Have fun recycling your pumpkins! Bring your pumpkins and compete with others to see which one wins the Pumpkin Roll or demolish your pumpkin in the Pumpkin Smash!