Old Greenwich School kicks off Halloween activities Saturday

Pumpkin Patch, Old Greenwich School’s annual fund-raiser, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11-4, featuring a haunted house, hay maze, arts and crafts, bouncy slides, games food prizes and more.

Old Greenwich School kicked off the Halloween festivities on Thursday, Oct. 8, with the unveiling of the Pumpkin Lady, outfitted in early 1970s ware to commemorate the 45th Annual Pumpkin Patch.

This year’s event is particularly meaningful as the school celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Pumpkin Patch. OGS had a tradition of a Pumpkin Sale sponsored by the PTA called the Harvest Fair. By the early 1970’s the Pumpkin sale/Harvest Fair had evolved into the “Pumpkin Patch Party” we have today. Some of the original activities included a pumpkin sale, “attic treasure sale,” lots of kids games, “a fun house” & hayride.

The first PTA Chairs of “Pumpkin Patch” in the early 1970s were Jane Greene & Eleanor Fitchner. They made enough money through Pumpkin Patch to fund the playground for the school & the PTA presented a check to Grover Smith the then principal of the school.

Longtime Old Greenwich resident Matthew Steele has fond memories of those early years, as he and his 3 older sisters all attended OGS. “The Harvest Fair was a smaller event than today, with a pumpkin sale and a few games on the front lawn. Most of the money raised was through a tag sale, where parents would save items all year to sell. I love how this event has evolved into an inclusive event for the entire family.” Mr. Steele now has two sons attending Old Greenwich School and looks forward to attending for years to come.

This year’s Pumpkin Patch will reintroduce another early tradition — serving chili! In the mid-70s chili had become a tradition at the Pumpkin Patch. Happy Pappas, Mary Pilder, Joan Felicella and others developed the recipe. Families would cook pots of it at home & bring it to the fair. At first it was used as a topping to hot dogs, but it was so popular that by the next year they were selling it by the bowl.

The annual OGS Halloween parade will be held on Friday, Oct. 30, at 2:30.

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