DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow is a Dayton staple and will be open for the public to enjoy on October 30 and 31 from 6 pm until 10:00 pm.
But first, they need to carve a whole lot of pumpkins. The goal is 1,000.
Normally, the carving is relatively private and has been a neighborhood-only event. That is changing this year as The Glow opens its creative doors to the public.
“All of the volunteers and pumpkins will be right there. Carved right there on the hill. Our goal is to move them less. Last year we touched every pumpkin like 100 times,” said John Edinger of the Grafton Hill Neighborhood Association. “People can sign up on Facebook. Come for an hour, come for the whole day, whatever you want.”
Last year more than 700 pumpkins decked out in designs of all types took over the Grafton Hill neighborhood.
None of it would be possible without Judy Chaffin, who started the Glow in the 90’s with 50 pumpkins.
Chaffin has been fighting health issues since 2016.
“She stills lives in the neighborhood and her whole family and volunteers are still involved,” said Edinger.
One of Chaffin’s goals is to see 1,000 pumpkins in all of their glory overlooking Dayton. It is estimated that The Glow brings in thousands of visitors to the neighborhood.
You can RSVP on Facebook to help with carving or show up at the Greek Orthodox Church near the Dayton Art Institute October 26 through 29th from 9 am to 9 pm.
RSVP on Facebook to help them get a good count for food.
You will be fed and you will have a good time!
“We do have people that have titles like master carvers. We have patterns, people that freehand things. Last year we had an amazing volunteer that craved freehand amazing sculptural faces,” said Edinger.
There will be food trucks on hand on the 30 and 31 including the resurrection of the Zombie Dogz food truck.