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Great Pumpkin Hunt set to take over Kinsmen Park

By Monique Massiah, Strathmore Standard

Everyday the excitement that surrounds Halloween in Strathmore grows. This year don’t forget to register early for the annual Great Pumpkin Hunt and later on on November 1, take a stroll through Kinsmen Park during Pumpkins in the Park.


The Great Pumpkin Hunt is an initiative that is organized by Strathmore Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) and the Youthclub of Strathmore. Each year families, kids, and people from all over the town come to the park to help celebrate the season with a bunch of fun activities like a scavenger hunt for pumpkins, music, hot chocolate and of course pumpkin carving.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt will take place on October 28 at Kinsmen Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Organizers ask that participants register prior to October 25 at Strathmore FCSS by calling 403-934-9090. The cost per child is $7.

“It’s wonderful. We hear great feedback every year,” said Dahrlyne Knaus, Strathmore Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) programmer. She explained that last year the event was so popular there were over 130 participants.

“We number pumpkins and put them throughout the entire park. When people register, they will get a number and that’s their pumpkins, so then they go throughout the park and try and find their pumpkin,” she said.

“Once they find it we have tables setup, so they can carve it right then and there and take it home with them,” she said.

Hot chocolate and treats will be provided and music will be playing as well.

Then on November 1, organizers ask everyone to bring their used pumpkins back for Pumpkins in the Park.

“We have people drop off their pumpkins at Kinsmen Park where we have a trailer setup between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.,” she said.

Afterwards a group of organizers go out and spread the pumpkins throughout the park, decorating the park beautifully and lighting the carved pumpkins.

Members of the public are invited to come and view Pumpkins in the Park from 6 to 8 p.m.

This year, Knaus explained that a farmer will come to collect all of the pumpkins after the event and the will be fed to his pigs.

“The idea behind it in the beginning was to re-purpose the pumpkins, because at the end of Halloween they will get thrown out,” she said. This way, a large number of pumpkins will be collected in one place, and the used pumpkins will not go to waste. 

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