Pumpkinferno Returns!

Cornwall, ON – October 1, 2013After a wildly successful inaugural event that saw organizers receive a nod from Festivals & Events Ontario as “2012’s Best New Event,” as well as a finalist for the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario’s prestigious honour of “Tourism Event of the Year” (the winner to be selected November 14), Pumpkinferno returns to light up the historic Upper Canada Village this fall.

The accolades are well deserved, as this event is like no other you’ve seen before. Last year 4,000 artificial pumpkins (no one wants the stench of rotten pumpkins ruining this show) found themselves throughout the Village — in the trees, in the creeks, and in buildings. This year, there will be over 6,000 on display, all across a brand new route and with new themes to keep the event fresh and exciting for newcomers and returning visitors alike.

These aren’t your typical jack-o-lanterns, these are highly intricate designs, most of which are combined with many pumpkins to create magnificent, large scale masterpieces, like last year’s Chinese dragon, for example (seen below). It’s also important to note — and those who went last year already know — this is not a spooky Halloween walk. This is a celebration of the season, and nothing short of an impressive display of art that can be enjoyed by the entire family, and children of any age.

Year of the Dragon

This beautiful pumpkin sculpture celebrated the Chinese Year of the Dragon

Driven to improve on the success and enchantment of last year’s exhibits, the talented artists have gone one giant step further in their designs. The House of Horoscopes features over 1000 pumpkins across the ceiling of 54’ wide, 14’ high structure. Marvel at the beautiful skyscape of stars and find your elegantly designed Zodiac sign among them.

Organizers have also improved upon the logistics of the event that saw some slight complications last year due to larger crowds than originally expected (some nights nearly 5,000 people attended!). Improvements have been made to reduce congestion for vehicles entering the Village, as well as parking. There also will be clearly defined admission lines, to avoid any confusion and allow the prepaid lines to move swiftly into the park (I definitely recommend pre-purchasing tickets online ahead of time).

Pumpkinferno is a can’t miss event, and the perfect way to celebrate the fall and Halloween seasons with the entire family. Be sure to check out their website for more information and details, and choose the date that fits you best (hint: Saturdays are the busiest of nights, so I will be going on one of the weekday evenings, if my advice carries any weight!). Enjoy!

Dates and times:

  • Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6 (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
  • Thursday, October 10 to Monday, October 14 (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
  • Thursday, October 17 to Sunday, October 20 (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)
  • Nightly – Thursday, October 24 to Saturday, November 2 (6:30 PM – 10:00 PM)


Children (5 and under): FREE

Youth (6-12): $10

Adult (13-64): $13

Senior (65+): $10

Check out some of the other great exhibits at last year’s Pumpkinferno event at Upper Canada Village.

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