MORRISBURG — Upper Canada Village is burning the metaphorical candles of Halloween once again with its award-winning Pumpkinferno attraction.
Underway since Sept. 30, the spellbinding display of lit-up artificial pumpkins — carved by real people into Jack-o’-lanterns and a lot more — runs Thursdays through Sundays plus Thanksgiving Monday until Oct. 30. (See www.Pumpkinferno.com for exact dates and times and to purchase advance tickets.)
Recognized as one of Ontario’s Top 100 Events, Pumpkinferno features 30 exhibits created from 7,000 intricately hand-crafted faux pumpkins set up within the Village. Highlights of the new exhibits this fall include Dragon’s Lantern Lair, Jailhouse Rock featuring 1950s pop icons like Elvis and Marilyn Monroe; Art Museum with recreated works of art from some of the world’s greatest painters including Mona Lisa and American Gothic; Upper Canada Village People with the Baker, Cheesemaker, Spinner and others; and a colourful Dia de los Muertos (Mexican celebration Day of the Dead); and Legends from our Lands.
The Village touts its Pumpkinferno artists for adopting new techniques to make the exhibits come alive “like never before” this year.
The interactive zone in Pumpkin Park has been expanded with new activities including a Shadow Screen, Pumpkin Hopscotch and Pumpkin Toss. Café Inferno, the giant ‘pumpkin shell-ter’ will offer free WiFi so you can stop for a Bewitching Beverage and Deadly Dessert while posting to social media on #pumpkinferno. Also featured are a special Painted Pumpkin Art Gallery with the artwork of hundreds of local schoolchildren from Kindergarten to Grade 9 from the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. Check out the Pumpkin Doodle chalkboard and the Pumpkin Perfect Portraits photo-stop area featuring some past Pumpkinerno characters.
Accessibility night, Oct. 12
The evening of Wednesday, October 12 is set aside exclusively to accommodate groups of people with accessibility needs. Guests can ride in their own vehicles to view Pumpkinferno. Only accessibility vans or parabuses will be allowed, according to organizers, who emphasize that coaches and school buses cannot be accommodated. Upper Canada Village will provide a staff person familiar with the Village roadways in the dark to lead the vehicles through the site. Admission to tour on Accessiblity Night is $14 per person (plus HST). Reservations are required and may be made by calling Customer Service at 613-543-4328 or 800-437-2233.