2013 PumpkinPalooza at Victorian Square in Sparks, NV October 19-20.

2012 Copyright Will Hull,
Windy Pinwheel

2013 PumpkinPalooza in Victorian Square in Sparks, NV, October 19-20.

Dark Orange PinwheelLast year we helped inform you about the PumpkinPalooza in Sparks at Victorian Square. Even though it was a bit windy and chilly (the first cold snap of the fall season), we still had a great time and the various carnival games and free walk throughs of the train and readings at the Glendale Schoolhouse (built in 1864) managed through the Sparks Heritage Museum kept our kids busy and we had a lot of fun. Overall, the PumpkinPalooza is a great event to attend with friends and family of all ages.

PumpkinPalooza: At the Cantina Los Tres Hombres, 2012 Copyright Will Hull, Windy Pinwheel
2012 Copyright Will Hull,
Windy Pinwheel

Here’s what you can expect if you decide to attend this year:

Saturday, October 19 – 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

  • Watch zombie cheerleaders
  • Enjoy the official Lighting of the Pumpkins
  • Dance the night away at the Zombie Prom (high school students)

Sunday, October 20 – 11:00 – 5:00 p.m.

  • Build and race a pumpkin in the Pumpkin Derby
  • PumpkinPalooza: Tip a Troll, 2012 Copyright Will Hull, Windy Pinwheel
    2012 Copyright Will Hull,
    Windy Pinwheel
  • Participate in the children’s costume parade
  • Enjoy storytelling in the Haunted School House
  • Visit with fortune-tellers
  • Play carnival style games from Circus Circus
  • Compete in pie-eating, pumpkin seed spitting, marshmallow shooting and mummy wrapping contests
  • Live music

And so much more!

2012 PumpkinpPalooza Pumpkin Derby Demo

Last year, more than 1,500 people attended the inaugural event and this year the event is expected to grow exponentially. And the event benefits the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living. For more information, visit www.pumpkinpalooza.org.

Will you be attending the PumpkinPalooza this year? What are you looking forward to during this year’s PumpkinPalooza event? Please leave us a comment below and let us know.

About Independent Living for People of Disabilities

As a former employee of a large national organization that serves people with disabilities, this event means a lot to me, personally. The disability movement is one of the last movements fighting for civil rights in much the same ways that people of color did back in the 50s and 60s and women did in the 20s. There is push today for people with disabilities to live in an inclusive environment, within their communities and not in an institutional setting. Please notice that I make the choice not to call people with disabilities, “disabled people”, “handicapped” or going to the extreme of using the word “retarded“. People with disabilities are just people, like you and me. They just happen to have a disability and are fully entitled to respect, dignity and equality like any other person. Many people with disabilities can learn life skills that can enable them to live in our communities and give back in ways that are meaningful and benefit the communities we live in. The Northern Center for Independent Living is “dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with all disabilities by promoting independence through self empowerment, choice and community involvement” and “each person, regardless of the severity of his or her disability, has the potential to grow, develop, and share fully the joys and responsibilities of our society.” That is something that I can stand behind and gladly donate to simply by attending this year’s event.

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