Spooky ... yet environmentally friendly

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By Special to the Monitor

Think orange, but be green. Recycle Halloween jack-lanterns at the Pumpkin Glow. This year, the Seventh Annual Los Alamos Pumpkin Glow will take place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn. The Pumpkin Glow is part of Halloweekend, a community event that also includes Trick or Treat on Mainstreet. The Los Alamos Arts Council thought it would be appropriate to have a recycling theme this year because the event occurs after Halloween, which is Friday.

“It’s a great way to showcase your pumpkin twice, once on Halloween and once at the Pumpkin Glow. Why not? One takes time to carve the pumpkin, it deserves to be shown off,” organizer Lisa Lloyd said.

To add to the “green” theme this year, the Pajarito Envrionmental Education Center will host the “Watt Swap” from 10 a.m. –1 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Bring a pumpkin and an old light bulb and exchange it for a new compact fluorescent light bulb, which is a more energy efficient light source. In addition, all pumpkins at the Pumpkin Glow will be taken to the Los Alamos County Eco Station to be composted.

If interested in participating, bring carved pumpkins to the Fuller Lodge lawn any time before 3 p.m. Saturday. From basic jack-lantern faces to intricately carved designs, all carved pumpkins will be accepted.

The Arts Council created the Pumpkin Glow as a fun and unique way to mix art with the holiday.

“I visited a jack-lantern display back east and thought it would be a great event for Los Alamos, something the entire community could enjoy”, Lloyd said. Some of the highlights from last year’s Pumpkin Glow included carvings of historical landmarks around the world, a tribute to the armed forces, and a wide variety of creepy creatures created by local scouts.

The Pumpkin Glow is sponsored by Village Arts. Besides holding a free carving party, which was held Wednesday for the Pumpkin Glow, Village Arts donates the candles for the pumpkins. Smith’s also participates by donating pumpkins for the carving party.

In collaboration with the event, Main Street will hold a free costume dance, featuring the Nomads from 7-10 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The Los Alamos Arts Council will also host the LA Music Teachers Masquerade Recital at 4 p.m. Saturday at the lodge.

This is a fun event for music students to showcase their talent. The public is invited to come listen to the music selected especially for Halloween.

Whether you carve pumpkins or not, the Pumpkin Glow is an event not to missed, so come on out and see the “glowing” display.