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Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced the free and fun Fall Pumpkin Festival coming to the Boston Common Frog Pond on Sunday, October 27, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Hundreds of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns will be floated on the water and ParkSCIENCE activities will be offered.
Attendees are asked to bring 8-inch or smaller carved pumpkins that will be lit and then floated on the Frog Pond for a thrilling early evening display. In addition, local organizations have been invited to carve jack-o’-lanterns to put on display at the event and participants will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite pumpkin. Children are also invited to decorate luminaries which will line the edge of the Frog Pond.
This event is presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Skating Club of Boston and sponsors Building Restoration Services Corporation and BRS Cares with additional support provided by Mass Farmers Markets, Next Step Living, and Boston Cares.
The free family-friendly event will include a Halloween Parade led by Frog Pond Freddie, a ghoulish Halloween puppet show by Rosalita’s Puppets, a dazzling magic show by Kayla Drescher Magic, and a giant bubble show by “Bubble Man” Jim Dichter. 
Spooky science activities presented by the Parks Department’s ParkSCIENCE program will include the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Plantmobile, Boston’s Best Bee Company, and the ART+BIO Collaborative. 
Attendees of all ages are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, participate in the parade around the Frog Pond, and bring donations of canned goods for CANshare, Mayor Menino’s annual food drive for those in need.
Other activities include games and giveaways by Magic 106.7 and scarily delicious snacks and refreshments provided by New England Coffee, National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play, and Archway Cookies.
ParkSCIENCE is made possible in part with funding from a Green Parks – Green Kids Grant resulting from a partnership between the National Recreation and Park Association and the National Recreation Foundation. 
For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505, visitwww.facebook.com/bostonparksdepartment orwww.cityofboston.gov/parks.

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