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Jack O'Lantern Spooktacular Lights Up Glensheen

Spooktacular 2012 poster


Over 950 carved pumpkins will illuminate the grounds at Glensheen’s second annual Jack O’Lantern Spooktacular. The event runs Thurs., Oct. 25-28 from 6-9 pm.  The last group will be admitted onto the grounds at 8:30 pm. Visit Glensheen's website for tickets and more information and visit the Spooktacular facebook page.

A fire performer, actresses, and musicians will add beauty and atmosphere to the event. 'Smores stations and a food vender will offer tasting treats at the end of the route.

The jack o’ lanterns are carved by community members, artists, and students. Several UMD groups will contribute their carving skills including SERVE (Students Engaged in Rewarding Volunteer Experiences), the American Indian Resource Center, UMD Mud Guild, and the Bulldog Soccer team.

In 2011, 2,672 people took in the event. “We anticipate even more people attending this year, and the route is completely different so it will offer new twists and turns for those who visited last year,” said Lori Melton, Glensheen’s director of marketing.

Guests explore the grounds on a dark path that includes some stairs and rough terrain. Contact Glensheen at 218-726-8910 or 1-888-454-GLEN, for more details.

The event does not include a tour of the mansion and trick-or-treaing is not offered at the Spooktacular.

Exclusively on Sat., Oct. 27:

A free shuttle bus will run from East High School, 301 N 40th Avenue East, to Glensheen from 6:30-9:30 pm in continuous loops. Parking is very limited at Glensheen so Spooktacular attends are strongly encouraged to take the free shuttle bus on Saturday. For more information, call 218-726-8910.
Illuminated pumpkins at 2011 Spooktacular
Illuminated pumpkins at Glensheen's 2011 Jack O' Lantern Spooktacular (photo by RZana Photography)

















Written by Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann, October 2012

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