Along with candy and costumes, pumpkins are the greatest symbol of Halloween in popular culture. Kids and adults alike enjoy picking, carving and eating this versatile vegetable. Jack O’Lanterns decorate doorsteps and windows across the borough and they work as an unofficial guiding light to Trick-or-Treaters looking for homes with holiday spirit.
This year the Institute for Community Living is giving out free pumpkins to local children, though parents must accompany them for this treat to be given. There will be snacks, cider, a decorating room and more for neighborhood kids. The Great Pumpkin Patch 2010 will be held on Saturday October 23rd – early enough for kids to be able to enjoy their pumpkin before Halloween but late enough to avoid the risk of rot. The event will run from 12-4 right across the street from the Brooklyn’s Children Museum on 839 St. Marks Avenue, so there will be plenty of time to pick the perfect pumpkin.
While the ICL does enormous good throughout the year with their work for the disadvantaged, needy families, and the mentally ill, this is perhaps their most fun event of the year and the children of Brooklyn greatly appreciate it.