This will be yet another year that Lakewood High’s “Help to Others” Club (“H2O”) will be putting on the popular Pumpkin Palooza festival, according to the event’s Facebook page. The Halloween and fall festival will take place Saturday, October 28, between 1 pm and 4 pm at Garfield Middle School. Entrance is free, but food and activity tickets cost a small fee, the money from which benefits Lakewood Community Services Center’s and Lakewood Charitable Assistance’s hunger relief programs. Guests are also encouraged to bring a canned good to donate at the door.
Individuals of all ages are welcome to Pumpkin Palooza, but many events are geared around the preferences of younger children, making it a great place to take little siblings or kids being babysat. Some of the many activities include crafts, games, story time courtesy of Lakewood Library librarians, a haunted house, and pumpkin carving. Food and face painting add a delicious and sparkly or spooky touch to the autumn party. Young ones and not-so-young-ones are also permitted to wear their Halloween costumes to the Palooza.
Even if games and crafts aren’t your speed, the incredible decorations and painted pumpkin raffle might be. Each year, H2O members put together hundreds of adornments, such as 3D paper pumpkins, witch cut-outs, painted starry skies, red and orange leafy trees, and all the props necessary for a spectacular haunted house.
What makes this huge feat possible? Well, H2O volunteers play the most critical roles in the event, and there can never be enough. In fact, sign up sheets are still hanging outside the H2O room in the cafeteria for those wishing to get some more volunteer hours, bring smiles to kids faces, and help those who are hungry and less fortunate.
Whether attending or volunteering, Pumpkin Palooza is an incredible Halloween festival that allows attendees to give back to their community. So, whether you’re behind the volunteer tables, helping to pick up after the event, listening to story time with your younger sibling, or participating in a spooky game yourself, you’ll be having a great time while also helping those in need.