The Village of Orland Park’s Recreation Department officially opened the Halloween season with its first ever Great Pumpkin Party Saturday. Held at the Centennial Park Warming House and surrounding grounds, the event attracted over 1,000 adults and children during its daytime activities, and more expected during night events.
“The Great Pumpkin Party was designed to have different activities the entire family could enjoy. We’re very pleased with the turnout,” said Recreation Program Supervisor Stephanie Simpson, the event’s organizer.
Families enjoyed a pie eating contest, scarecrow making, hay rides, a flashlight pumpkin hunt, and various stations for games, arts and crafts. Pets even got into the Halloween spirit with a pet costume parade and contest.
Gina Arakelian, an Orland Park resident, brought her daughters and neices to the event.
"It's a great reason to come out and enjoy the season," Arakelian said. "There's something to do for everyone."