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Have A Howling Good Time At Pumpkin Fest At Silvermont


September 27, 2018

Carol Elliott stands behind a dress of one of the Silversteen's daughters.

It's officially fall and time to mark your calendars for some fabulous family fun. Pumpkin Fest, the lighted carved Pumpkin Halloween Spectacular (our own little Halloween Dollywood in Brevard) returns to Silvermont Park for the fourth year. Come in costume or not, the magic will happen over three weekends in October on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27.

This year promises to be better than ever, with breath-taking displays of lighted carved pumpkins in many different scenes along a half mile, handicap accessible trail. What could be better than howling a little, along with ghosts and fairies, as you make your way through the elaborate vignettes: "Under the Sea," "Pirates' Cove," "Butterfly Garden," and "Ghost Circle Dance" to name a few?

It is mesmerizing fun for families and visitors of all ages – not too scary for the little ones but full of surprises and delight for all. Besides the wonderment of the displays, community actors in costume entertain visitors as large and small costumed white squirrels roam the woods to children's shrieking delight.

Other entertainment abounds as well, with live, local musicians performing nightly. Children can participate in a scavenger hunt, trying to find small, wooden white squirrels hidden along the path. They can enjoy story-telling, a photo opportunity with the white squirrel, coloring pumpkins and other outdoor games. Or, take your picture, pretending to be a Silversteen.

On top of that, Pumpkin Fest exists for a good cause - raising funds to support, maintain and renovate the historic Silvermont mansion, a Brevard historic treasure. Literally hundreds of volunteers work untold hours, not just putting on the extravaganza but storing, maintaining and moving the huge wooden display to Silvermont and back to the storage facility. The movement has already begun. It's often exhausting work, but it is so worth it for the volunteers when they see children and adults light up - just like the pumpkins!

The historic, 100-year-old Silvermont mansion will also be open during Pumpkin Fest with docents to share the history of Silvermont and for the public to see the recently refurbished first floor of the mansion with new floors, paint and window treatments. This is what the proceeds from this Halloween bash provide: preserving the heritage history of Brevard.

Bring your own flashlight to make your experience come alive. The cost is $5 per person.


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