The Insider’s Guide to the Pumpkin Flotilla Fest on Oct. 23 in Glen Ellyn

Monday, Oct 17th, 2016 by

Editor’s note: The following is a sponsored post brought to you by the Glen Ellyn Park District.


Your family has probably been to scarecrow festivals and apple festivals and harvest festivals – but have you ever been to a festival in which the pumpkins float on water?


That sight will be the highlight of the 1st ever Pumpkin Flotilla Fest being held on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Lake Ellyn Park in Glen Ellyn. The carved, illuminated pumpkins will be set afloat at dusk on beautiful Lake Ellyn, creating a “pumpkin flotilla.”


Of course there will be lots more fun to be had! The event will feature live music from children’s performer Jeanie B, demonstrations by a professional pumpkin carver, an inflatable pumpkin for kids to jump in, a trackless train for kids to ride on and a game of “pumpkin tic-tac-toe.”


The Pumpkin Flotilla Fest has free admission. There will be food and beverages available for purchase in the newly renovated Lake Ellyn Boathouse, and a $2 wristband will give your kids unlimited access to the inflatables and train rides.


The Pumpkin Flotilla Fest in Glen Ellyn was inspired by a similar event in New York City's Central Park.

A “pumpkin flotilla” sets sail across the Harlem Meer in New York City’s Central Park. Photo courtesy of the Central Park Conservancy.


The event was inspired by the Central Park Conservancy’s Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla in New York City, said Courtney O’Kray, the Glen Ellyn Park District’s marketing and communications supervisor.


“Our park district is always looking for new ways to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy our parks. With the newly renovated Lake Ellyn Boathouse, we really wanted to highlight Lake Ellyn Park, and there is no better time than fall when all the leaves are changing,” O’Kray said. “We loved the idea of the Pumpkin Flotilla and thought this would be a new and unique event to offer the community.”


For those headed to the event, a large crowd is expected, and parking will be on nearby streets. So be prepared to potentially walk a few blocks to Lake Ellyn.


The pumpkins are being carved by local residents and families – there are carvers registered as young as 4 and as old as 86!


“The park district is excited to bring this unique event to Glen Ellyn,” O’Kray said. “There is nothing like it in Illinois!”