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Highwood Pumpkin Festival

Courtesy of Chris Cizek

Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival

Oct. 11-13, 2019, Highwood

If you’re hoping to see a spooky-scary jack-o’-lantern this season, don’t miss the 8th Annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival held the first full weekend of October.

A main focus of the event has always been to beat the Guinness World Record for the most jack-0′-lanterns carved and lit at the same time, making for a can’t-miss display.

As of 2016, another mission has been to raise enough money to help grant 100 wishes to children in Illinois through Make-A-Wish Illinois. Las year, the event raised $60,000 for Make-A-Wish, and organizes hope to double it this year.

Along with these goals, festival-goers can enjoy exciting activities, including all-you-can-carve pumpkins, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin parade, costume contest, petting zoo, carnival rides, delicious food and amazing live music all weekend long.

Learn more about this year’s festival at highwoodpumpkinfest.com.

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