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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 Pumpkin 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.

Activities and Events Schedule - Here | Music Schedule - Here | Festival Map - 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.
Pet friendly!

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 will NOT be enough to break the world record. Bring a carved pumpkin to our Pumpkin Drop Off location in front of City Hall Monday, October 1 through Thursday, October 4 or bring it with you to the festival and receive a FREE admission pass to the weekend event. BYOP pumpkins will be accepted through Sunday afternoon Oct 7th.

Prelude to Pumpkin Fest
Monday, October 1- Thursday October 4

Monday, October 1

3:30pm - 9pmPumpkin Carving at Highwood City Hall

Tuesday, October 2

3:30pm - 9pmPumpkin Carving at Highwood City Hall

Wednesday, October 3

3:30pm - 9pmPumpkin Carving at Highwood City Hall

Thursday, October 4

5pm - 10pmCommunity Appreciation Night - Free Admission, Pumpkin Carving, Live Music, Cash Bar, Carnival & More!
5pm - 10pmCome check out the Tito’s Airstream Lounge showing live coverage of your favorite sporting events. Pick up some complimentary Tito’s swag and relax in style with a Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail!

Friday, October 5 - Festival Begins

4pm Festival Opens - Rides, Vendors Activities, All-You-Can-Carve Pumpkin Stations (while supplies last), Carnival and More
4pm - 9pmYour Vote is Your Voice! Register to Vote at the Info Booth!
4pm - 6pmTrick-or-Treating Throughout Festival Grounds
4pm - 10pmEnjoy live coverage of your favorite sporting events while enjoying Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktails in the Tito’s Airstream Lounge located next to the Kinzie Party Lounge tent.
4pm - 10pmStop by the HGTV Tiny Pumpkin Patch for FREE lattes (dairy and non-dairy options available) and apple cider! Take your picture inside a giant 8-foot tall pumpkin!
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 – Sign-Up
11am Festival Opens - Rides, Vendors Activities, All-You-Can-Carve Pumpkin Stations (while supplies last), and More
11am - 3:30pmStop by The Home Improvement Network booth and check out the creative designs by their balloon artist!
11am - 10pmEnjoy live coverage of your favorite football team while enjoying a Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail in the Tito’s Airstream Lounge located next to the Kinzie Party Lounge tent.
11am - 10pmStop by the HGTV Tiny Pumpkin Patch for FREE lattes (dairy and non-dairy options available) and apple cider! Take your picture inside a giant 8-foot tall pumpkin!
12pm – 4pmUnlimited Carnival Ride Special ONLY $25 per person
12pm – 5pmJoin NorthShore University HealthSystem for a complimentary hot chocolate in front of the Info Booth
12pm – 8pmYour Vote is Your Voice! Register to Vote at the Info Booth!
2:30pm - 3pmStop by HGTV Magazine for a photo with Ken and Anita Corsini, hosts of HGTV's Flip or Flop Atlanta!
3pmPumpkin Pie Eating Contest at the Demuth Food Court Stage - Sign-Up
3pm - 3:30pmCreate a pumpkin art project in the HGTV Magazine area with the Corsini family, hosts of HGTV's Flip or Flop Atlanta!
4pm - 4:30pmStop by the HGTV Tiny Pumpkin Patch and have Instaprint photos taken with Ken and Anita Corsini, hosts of HGTV's Flip or Flop Atlanta!
7pmIt’s “Fight Night” at the Tito’s Airstream Lounge tonight. Enjoy a Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail and check out the action!
7:30pmMake-A-Wish Family Presentation on Main Stage and Wall Lighting with Ken and Anita Corsini, hosts of HGTV's Flip or Flop Atlanta!
10pm Festival Close

Sunday, October 7

11amFestival Opens - Rides, Vendors Activities, All-You-Can-Carve Pumpkin Stations (while supplies last), and More
11am - 3:30pmStop by The Home Improvement Network booth and check out the creative designs by their balloon artist!
11am - 9pmEnjoy live coverage of your favorite football team while enjoying a Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail in the Tito’s Airstream Lounge located next to the Kinzie Party Lounge tent.
11am - 9pmStop by the HGTV Tiny Pumpkin Patch for FREE lattes (dairy and non-dairy options available) and apple cider! Take your picture inside a giant 8-foot tall pumpkin!
12pm - 4pmUnlimited Carnival Ride Special ONLY $25 per person
12pm - 6pmYour Vote is Your Voice! Register to Vote at the Info Booth!
12pm Pet Costume Contest Sponsored by Pet People at the Demuth Food Court Stage - Sign-Up
1pm Kids Costume Contest at the Demuth Food Court Stage - Sign-Up
1pm Play Atlas Treasure Hunts on your Android or iPhone - Compete to win prizes! Stop by the Info Booth for download instructions
1:30pmPlay Atlas Treasure Hunts on your Android or iPhone - Compete to win prizes! Stop by the Info Booth for download instructions
2pmPlay Atlas Treasure Hunts on your Android or iPhone - Compete to win prizes! Stop by the Info Booth for download instructions
2 pm Teens to Adult Costume Contest at the Demuth Food Court Stage - Sign-Up
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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Can you believe we'll be celebrating our 10th anniversary of the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival! October 11-13? Do you have any photos from years gone by? If so, share them here - we want to periodically highlight our friends and supporters that have been along for the ride!

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I love pumpkin fest. It's a must do every year. I especially love the HGTV participation. I love to tell them how they inspired me, taught me to do so much. I went from couldn't change a toilet seat to gutting bathrooms, kitchens. I learned from all of them. The cousins, property Brothers, Alison Victoria, Ken & Anita flip or flop Atlanta, rehab addict, flipping Vegas, flip or flop Vegas, big fix Texas, one of a kind, good bones, something with the Ford's. Etc etc etc.

OMG! If I posted all the pics is have from the past 10 years, I would jam up CH page for sure! But here you go!

Last one!

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Can you believe we are going to be celebrating our 10th Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival this year!? And, because this event is all about COMMUNITY, we need your help to once and for all break the Guinness World Record of most pumpkins carved and lit at once (30,581).

We partner with Pearce's Farm Stand for 20,000 of these pumpkins but we need more! We are looking for additional farms, suppliers, grocers, produce managers, families, etc etc to pledge additional pumpkins to reach our goal. Can you help? Like this post if you plan on BYOP (Bringing Your Own Pumpkin) for free entry to the fest and/or if you know of someone that can help bring in larger quantities!

Let's do this!
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Can you believe we are going to be celebrating our 10th Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival this year!? And, because this event is all about COMMUNITY, we need your help to once and for all break the Guinness World Record of most pumpkins carved and lit at once (30,581).

We partner with Pearces Farm Stand for 20,000 of these pumpkins but we need more! We are looking for additional farms, suppliers, grocers, produce managers, families, etc etc to pledge additional pumpkins to reach our goal. Can you help? Like this post if you plan on BYOP (Bringing Your Own Pumpkin) for free entry to the fest and/or if you know of someone that can help bring in larger quantities! 

Lets do this!

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One of my favorite charity events!

Tanika Mullins

Jerry Smith in Kenosha???

Save the date alert! The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival will be returning, Oct 11-13 to celebrate its 10th annual attempt to break the world record for most pumpkins carved and lit at once. Join us for a weekend packed with seasonal activities, live music and festive treats from local vendors. Kick off Fall with us! ... See MoreSee Less

Save the date alert! The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival will be returning, Oct 11-13 to celebrate its 10th annual attempt to break the world record for most pumpkins carved and lit at once. Join us for a weekend packed with seasonal activities, live music and festive treats from local vendors. Kick off Fall with us!

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Please bring back the hot buttered rum 😊

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival benefitting Make-A-Wish Illinois may be over, but the work isn't! Here is a quick word from City of Highwood Mayor Charlie Pecaro and Celebrate Highwood board member & Highwood Alderman Eric Falberg!

www.highwoodpumpkinfest.com/donate
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$60,ooo raised for MAKE-A-Wish Foundation. So Awesome.

Great cause and fun event! Just curious what was the final number of lit pumpkins and how far off from the record was it? 🎃🎃🎃

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