Many of the screams you heard last Halloween were from fans of the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow, when they realized it wasn’t happening. No fear this year! The Glow is a GO!
Carve out time on October 30th and 31st, from 6-10pm, and head to the beautiful Grafton Hill area of Dayton. “To start, we have to thank Judy Chaffin who began this great event nearly 20 Years ago.” says John Edinger, president of the neighborhood association. “Judy’s passion and direction took this event from 36 pumpkins the first year to over 800 pumpkins two years ago.”
The community event gets all kinds of people from all over the area together with one goal….carve an incredible pumpkin. “There have been so many great pumpkins over the years. Off the top of my head, I recall one that depicted a famous scene from ‘The Birds,’ and another great one was Elvis!” Edinger goes on to say, “This year, we are upping the game a bit by adding food trucks from places like Zombie Dogz and El Meson. You will find the trucks at the DAI and Greek Church lots.”
The event easily brings about 1500 viewers, and it could reach 2000 this year.
“It’s back!For those of us that love the event, we are so stoked that we can see the Glow on the hill once again!” says Carly Mikesell. “I can remember a few years ago driving down 75 South, looking over and thinking, ‘That’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen. But then, I went up and saw the carvings…..that was one the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen!’
Family friendly, and a true seasonal traditional, the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow is sure to pleases everyone. The event is sponsored by Grandview Medical Center, with special thanks to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.
If you are interested in carving a pumpkin for the glow, visit www.graftonhill.org or use their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thestoddardavenuepumpkinglow.