Big, orange and thousands of them! They are all at Upper Canada Village for the all-new Pumpkinferno which opened Friday night.
Pumpkinferno creates a new family tradition and fall experience unlike any other in Canada. A unique blend of creative artistry combined with a definite sense of humour, this mesmerizing installation of 1,000s of LED-lit pumpkins of all sizes is a ‘must do’ fall event.
“The St. Lawrence Parks Commission has invested more than half a million dollars into this new event along with approximately 6,000 hours of labour,” says Darren Dalgleish, General Manager and CEO of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. “Pumpkinferno will have an instant appeal to absolutely everyone of any age – it will actually reignite many an imagination! ”
A walking tour will take visitors through 30 artistically carved, internally lit, themed exhibits. Guests will be amazed by an eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, forest animals and sea-born creatures, story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more … all creatively carved from artificial pumpkins!
In addition, Eastern Ontario school children were invited to share their artistic carvings using real pumpkins. With 13 schools and over 640 school children participating, UCV will display hundreds of their carved pumpkins at “Our Children’s Pumpkin Art”.
Pumpkinferno visitors can stop in at the Village Store Pantry, or the Tent O’ Treats just outside the Village, to discover a variety of fun foods … try a Mummy Dog on a stick, with a side of Brains and Bones Poutine! Enjoy a hot bowl of Spooky Soup or Stew topped with a Spider Croissant, or slurp back a Pumpkin Pie soda … plus lots more!! The Village Store is the exclusive Canadian supplier of Pumpkin Pie Soda.
Full service dining is also available in the ambience of historic inn Willard’s Hotel and at the Upper Canada Golf Course Bar and Grill which will remain open after sundown throughout Pumpkinferno for groups (minimum 16) who reserve their dinner five days in advance.
Pumpkinferno is open on select nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. throughout October: Friday to Sunday, October 12-14; Thursday to Sunday, October 18-21 and October 25-28; Halloween night, October 31st.
The event has family friendly pricing of $10 adult (13-64yrs), $7 senior (65 plus) / youth (6 – 12) and is free for children five and under.
“The Pumpkinferno team has worked really hard to bring this event to fruition,” says Neil Shorthouse, SLPC Special Events Officer. “I think our visitors will be awed by the artistry of the carvings but at the same time they will be entertained because our design team developed some great themes that I think people will really enjoy.”