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Great Pumpkin Festival Rises At Stratford's Boothe Memorial Park

Creative carving is the name of the game at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
Creative carving is the name of the game at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Kids turn out in costume for the annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford.
Kids turn out in costume for the annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
These masked men take part in the fun at the annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford.
These masked men take part in the fun at the annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
The whole family gets into the act at the annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford.
The whole family gets into the act at the annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Older kids turn join in the costume fun at the annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford.
Older kids turn join in the costume fun at the annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
The annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford offered something for everyone.
The annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford offered something for everyone. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Even animals get in on the fun at the annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford.
Even animals get in on the fun at the annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Costumes range from downright cute to outright scary at the annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford.
Costumes range from downright cute to outright scary at the annual Great Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of Boothe Memorial Park & Museum in Stratford. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Crowds are drawn every year to the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
Crowds are drawn every year to the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
The littlest Halloween fans and their parents can enjoy the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
The littlest Halloween fans and their parents can enjoy the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Even animals get in on the fun at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
Even animals get in on the fun at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
One of the younger costumed kids at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
One of the younger costumed kids at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Elmo greets his fans at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
Elmo greets his fans at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Elmo greets his fans at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
Elmo greets his fans at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Stratford EMS is on the scene.
Stratford EMS is on the scene. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
You're never too young for Halloween at  the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
You're never too young for Halloween at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
One of the unique pumpkins at  the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
One of the unique pumpkins at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
A pumpkin that's not orange at  the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
A pumpkin that's not orange at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
This couple show off their carved creation at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
This couple show off their carved creation at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Spiderman makes an appearance at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
Spiderman makes an appearance at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
The carving takes some unique turns at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
The carving takes some unique turns at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
Creative carving is the name of the game at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
Creative carving is the name of the game at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
One of the unique pumpkins at  the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
One of the unique pumpkins at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone
One of the unique pumpkins at  the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park.
One of the unique pumpkins at the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park. Photo Credit: Nicole Zappone

STRATFORD, Conn. -- Costumes ranged from the downright cute to the outright scary as crowds turned out to celebrate Halloween with the Great Pumpkin Festival at Boothe Memorial Park in Stratford last Saturday.

For over two decades, Stratford has celebrated autumn with the event.

The festivities last weekend offered something fun for all ages, including a children's costume parade with prizes, DJ music, games, crafts, face painting, refreshments, a pie-baking contest, a scarecrow judging contest, four moon-bounces, horse-drawn hayrides, and much more.

There were tours of the Model Train Museum and Observatory. The Bunnell High School STAGE theater group performed skits, and costumed actors from the Players at Putney Gardens strolled the grounds.

A live animal experience held for the first time this year provided a hands-on, entertaining and educational experience for kids.

A falcon show by Christine's Critters was up first, followed by Animal Embassy, presenting Spooktacular Animal Adventure, and ending with an interactive area, including an all-day petting zoo by Bay Brook Rescue.

The Boothe Memorial Park is a 32-acre site in the north end of Stratford High above the Housatonic River. The estate was home to the Boothe family for several generations and was willed it to the town in 1949.

The Friends of Boothe Park is a nonprofit organization whose volunteers maintain the museums, artifacts, genealogy library, and prize-winning rose gardens and conduct tours and school programs.

"We are only successful because of the generosity of our donors, and hundreds of volunteers and civic groups," says Stephanie Philips, chairwoman of the Boothe Memorial Park Commission.

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