Lighting Up the Night

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The community will be treated to an evening of glowing Jack o’ lanterns. Beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, the Los Alamos Arts Council will present its 11th annual Pumpkin Glow on the Fuller Lodge lawn.  
This event features hundreds of pumpkins carved by community members. Everyone is encouraged to participate by dropping off carved pumpkins Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn.
The event, sponsored by Smith’s Food and Drug, Village Arts, Los Alamos National Bank and MainStreet will feature hundreds of pumpkins designed and carved by everyone, from young children to professional artists. Creations of all sorts will glimmer in the night.
Some highlights from past Pumpkin Glows include carvings of historical world landmarks, tributes to the armed forces, Alfred Hitchcock-themed pumpkins, totem poles of carved Tiki patterns and a wide variety of creepy creatures created by local Boy Scouts.
A new addition has been the animated ghosts and pumpkins appearing in and out of the windows at Fuller Lodge, accompanied by Halloween music. Once again, this will be part of the event. Sponsor logos will dance across Fuller Lodge as a part of the animation. Groups can also create spooky scenes such as the cemetery, done by the scouts each year.
“The Arts Council looks forward to seeing all of the different creative and artistic designs each year. People are never disappointed in the displays,” said Executive Director Marlane Hamilton. “The animation that has been added gives another exciting dimension to the event.”
Hamilton said the event’s objective is to enhance cultural activities in Los Alamos for a broad range of the community, to provide a safe Halloween activity and to attract people from outside the greater Los Alamos area. In the past, attendees number almost 2,000 as they view the carved Jack o’ lanterns.
Community members that would like to put their Jack o’ lantern in the spotlight should  bring works of art to Fuller Lodge from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Those that wish to retrieve their pumpkin for Halloween, should return promptly at 9 p.m.