Play All Day at the Carmel Parks & Recreation Pumpkinfest

As the days go by and Halloween inches closer, you’ll want to take advantage of all the frightfully fun October happenings in the Hoosier state, including visiting the best haunted places in Indiana. And what better way to celebrate Autumn than with a spooky outdoor festival? On Saturday, October 24, head to the annual Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Pumpkinfest to enjoy plenty of holiday fun.

Taking place in Carmel, Indiana, the aptly named Pumpkinfest offers several activities involving this favorite Halloween fruit. Over 200 Indianapolis residents gathered at the festival last year to take part in activities such as a pumpkin decorating contest and pumpkin-themed games with prizes. But the real highlight of the event is the pumpkin-launching contest. Eager contestants line up each year to see how far they can throw one of the giant pumpkins, and the farthest throw wins you bragging rights as well as a great prize.

Another can’t-miss event of the day is the Halloween Dog Social, taking place at 6:30 p.m. at West Park. This costume competition is serious business; last year more than 40 dogs and their enthusiastic owners dressed up for the occasion. Take your furry friend for a group walk through the scenic park after the judging.

In addition, the Pumpkinfest offers a new way for your Indianapolis kids to get in the holiday spirit this year through a collaboration with Kiss Z Cook, one of the premier cooking schools in Indiana. Located in Carmel, Kiss Z Cook brings their informative brand of fun to the festival and offers kids ages 2 to 6 the opportunity to whip up their own tasty Halloween treats. Head to the Monon Center to see your kids create creepy edible concoctions.

Plenty of fall festivities and spooky surprises await your arrival at the Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Pumpkinfest. Start coming up with your costume now–last year, most attendees were decked out in their creative costume best!

For more information on this free day of fun, visit the Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation website.