Jack-o’-lanterns light up Halloween night | PostIndependent.com

Jack-o’-lanterns light up Halloween night

Trina OrtegaGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Don’t be afraid of the orange glow lining the promenade in downtown Carbondale on Halloween night. In fact, go toward the lights to see more than 100 carved pumpkins in the second pumpkin carving contest.Dancing Colours organized the contest, which began last year as a fundraiser for Radio Evolution, student broadcasting in English and Spanish on KDNK.”It’s exciting. Carbondale is really booming with family activities for Halloween,” said Radio Evolution director Stacy Stein. “I’m really looking forward to lighting up downtown Carbondale with pumpkins.”Stein expects at least 100 pumpkins for the contest, which she hopes will become a cornerstone event for Carbondale’s annual Halloween celebrations. About 80 pumpkins were entered last year. Carved masterpieces can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Halloween day to Dancing Colours, 968 Main St. in Carbondale. Include a name and phone number in permanent marker on the bottom of the pumpkin.Costumed judges will proceed to the promenade, just off of Main Street between Fourth and Sixth, at 6 p.m. to rate the carved pumpkins. Carvers do need not be present to win. “We have really great prizes. Alpine Bank has donated $500 toward prizes,” Stein said, adding that along with a top pumpkin carving award, an additional $100 prize will go toward a school’s art department. Other prizes include gift certificates from local businesses.Community members also can vote for their favorite pumpkins in the People’s Choice contest. For more information, contact Cathy Britt at Dancing Colours at 963-2965, or Stacy Stein at Radio Evolution 963-0139, ext.7.Other Halloween events include: n A party for kids in costume hosted by the American Legion at 97 Third St. Games, prizes, hot dogs and treats will highlight the celebration, which takes place from 57 p.m. Wednesday. Call Kim at 963-2381 for more information. n “Howl o Ween,” a costume and dance party benefiting the Animal Rescue Foundation from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday at Phat Thai. Prizes for funniest costume, scariest costume and best group costume. There will be a $5 donation at the door and a drink special. All proceeds benefit ARF. Event is open to those 21 and older with valid ID.

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