Old Greenwich Pumpkin Patch to make things spooky

The “Pumpkin Lady” this year at Old Greenwich School has an otherworldly theme as she was revealed as an alien at the unveiling last week.

The “Pumpkin Lady” this year at Old Greenwich School has an otherworldly theme as she was revealed as an alien at the unveiling last week.

With fall in the air and Halloween looming, that can only mean one thing. Yes, it’s Pumpkin Patch season at Old Greenwich School again.

The annual Pumpkin Patch, an event that dates back to the 1960’s in the Old Greenwich community, will be held at the school on Sound Beach Avenue this coming Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a haunted house, a giant hay maze and games and prizes for the whole family. And the event isn’t just for Old Greenwich School families either. The whole town is invited to attend and organizers say they continue to take pride in the “home spun” atmosphere of the event which is entirely done by volunteers from the community with no outside rides being brought in.

The season was officially kicked off last week when the Old Greenwich School Pumpkin Lady was formally unveiled. The traditional Halloween icon for the school has a different theme every year and this year the Pumpkin Lady stopped in from another planet to visit Old Greenwich. This year the Pumpkin Lady is an alien and the kids were delighted with the theme, which will also be a part of the “out of this world” haunted house that organizers have put together.

But this wasn’t just a chance for everyone to have a good time. The unveiling was done in connection with a food drive for Neighbor to Neighbor, Greenwich’s food bank. And this year’s drive was a big success as kids donated more than 1,200 cans thanks to every student in the school participating.

The unveiling was also a chance to name the two students whose designs for the Pumpkin Patch t-shirt contest won. The school wide contest was won by Harry Davie in the kindergarten to second grade category and by Lydia Fullerton for grades three through five. The shirts, which are already being seen all over town, will be on sale at the event.

Plenty of food will be available at the Pumpkin Patch from the traditional burgers and hot dogs to tastes of Asian cuisine and smoothies. And even after the event is done this Saturday, Old Greenwich will still have the Halloween spirit with the annual school parade through the village on Oct. 31 with students in costume.

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