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The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival 2018

 Community Appreciation Night October 4
Festival October 5 - 7

Benefitting Make-A-Wish Illinois

Welcome to The Great Highwood Festival 2018

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival is the quintessential kick-off event to celebrate the Fall season!

Be a part of history as we attempt to break the Guinness World Record of for the most pumpkins carved and lit at once (30, 851) and help us raise money for Make-A-Wish Illinois.

Come experience a full schedule of family-friendly activities and the charm of our small town that’s bursting with good will and family fun.

Pumpkin Fest Map 2017

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Activities and Events Schedule - Here | Music Schedule - Here

$3 Daily Admission - $5 Weekend Pass

Buy your tickets at the entrance gates upon arrival.
Children 6 years old and under free.
All major credit cards accepted.
Rain or shine event.

Pumpkin Fest Hours
Friday, Oct. 54pm - 10pm
Saturday, Oct. 611am - 10pm
Sunday, Oct. 711am - 9pm
Carnival Hours
Thursday, Oct. 45pm - 9pm
Unlimited Rides - 5pm - 9pm
Friday, Oct. 54pm - 10pm
Unlimited Rides - 5pm - 9pm
Saturday, Oct. 612pm - 10pm
Unlimited Rides - 12pm - 4pm
Sunday, Oct. 712pm - 9pm
Unlimited Rides - 12pm - 4pm

2018 Calendar

BYOP (Bring Your own Pumpkin). The quantity of pumpkins delivered on site by the organizers alone will NOT be enough to break the world record. To help us break the record, bring a carved pumpkin. Place a candle in the pumpkin, and bring it to our Pumpkin Drop Off location in front of City Hall. All those who bring carved pumpkins will receive a FREE admission pass to the weekend event. BYOP pumpkins will be accepted through Sunday afternoon on Oct 8th.

Thursday October 4

5pm - 10pmCommunity Appreciation Night - Free Admission, Pumpkin Carving, Live Music, Cash Bar and More

Friday October 5 - Festival Begins

4pm Festival Opens - Rides, Vendors Activities, All-You-Can-Carve Pumpkin Stations (while supplies last), Carnival and More
4pm - 6pmTrick-or-Treating Throughout Festival Grounds
5pm – 9pmUnlimited Carnival Ride Special - ONLY $25 per person
7:45pmMake-A-Wish Family Presentation on Main Stage and Wall Lighting
10pmFestival Close

Saturday October 6

9am Superhero 5K Run/Walk – Signup
11am Festival Opens - Rides, Vendors Activities, All-You-Can-Carve Pumpkin Stations (while supplies last), and More
11:45am Join us for coverage of live college football in Tito's Lounge
12pm - 5pmNorthShore University HealthSystem Offers Complimentary Hot Cocoa in Front of the Info Booth
1pm – 4pm

Unlimited Carnival Ride Special - ONLY $25 per person
8pmMake-A-Wish Family Presentation on Main Stage and Wall Lighting
10pm Festival Close

Sunday October 7

11amFestival Opens - Rides, Vendors Activities, All-You-Can-Carve Pumpkin Stations (while supplies last), and More
11:45am Join us for coverage of live NFL football in Tito's Lounge
12pm – 4pm
Unlimited Carnival Ride Special - ONLY $25 per person
1pm Pet Costume Contest Sponsored by Pet People at the Music Gallery Stage in the Tito's Lounge
2pm Kids Costume Contest at the Music Gallery Stage in the Tito's Lounge
3 pm Teen-Adult Costume Contest at the at the Music Gallery Stage in the Tito's Lounge
7pm Make-A-Wish Family Presentation on Main Stage and Wall Lighting
7:10pm World Record Attempt For Most Lit Jack-O-Lanterns on Display
9pm Festival Closes


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6 months ago

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival

One of the many reasons we live for our Fest AND Make-A-Wish Illinois.Sydney and Betsy were practically twins, but they didn't even know each other. Both lived in the same area, both were diagnosed with cancer at roughly the same age, and both wished to travel abroad to learn more about fashion.

Thanks to The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival last fall, these wish kids met and became fast friends. Finding support, friendship and a caring community are more impactful benefits of becoming part of the Make-A-Wish family.
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One of the many reasons we live for our Fest AND Make-A-Wish Illinois.

When life gave us rain, we played in the puddles and enjoyed our 8th annual Pumpkin Festival! Daily North Shore mentioned that we were able to raise $60,000 for Make-A-Wish Illinois, thanks to all who made this possible! ... See MoreSee Less

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