Pumpkin Parade!

Wed, 30/10/2013 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Botanic Garden

Pumpkin Parade took place in the October school holiday. It was designed to celebrate the giant pumpkin grown on the vegetable beds during the summer and autumn and to help families find out about other plants in the Cucurbitaceae family (the gourd family) as well as making some cool things for Halloween.

There was a chance for people to guess the weight of the giant pumpkin before its official weighing!



·      Making a Halloween collecting pot in the shape of a pumpkin

·      Collecting pine needles from the Black Pine to make a mini broomstick

·      Planting garlic cloves – for protection and something yummy to eat next year

·      Taking a trail around the Garden to find other plants in the Gourd family plus weird and wonderful fruits. Find out what was on the trail here.

·      Handling collection of gourds, seed pods and fruits.

The activities were designed as part of the Family Learning Festival and as part of the Family Arts Festival. Download a report of the activity here. Here are some of our favourite images of the event.

Feedback from participants:
“The best Halloween activities we have done in the last 3 years. Highly creative, kids very involved. Thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers who worked very hard. We will be back next year!”

“Excellent Autumn and Halloween activities!! Thank you”

“Fantastic as always! Thank you"


Tying pine needles onto mini broomsticks and planting garlic bulbs in handmade paper pots.


Starting young! Colouring the pumpkin collecting pots.


The finished creation, a pumpkin pot decorated with a pumpkin seed face.


The weighing of the pumpkin - an impressive 72 kg.