The Pumpkin Palooza is not just about all-things-pumpkins.
It’s also about helping others, which makes the 13th annual festival perfect for the youth service organization, Help to Others (H2O).
The annual event — a community favorite — is slated to take place at the Lakewood High School from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Coinciding with Lakewood’s “Make A Difference Day,” the Pumpkin Palooza serves as the culmination of a citywide pumpkin-decorating challenge.
“The Great Pumpkin Patch” will feature decorated pumpkins donated by various artists and organizations.
Emmie Hutchison, the director of H2O, said in its 13 years, the event has “grown and grown.”
“This is a community-builder,” she said. “We do consider this a community event.”
There’s a raffle for participants to win favorite pumpkin. The “Harvest Moon Café” will feature pizza, baked goods and beverages.
In “Autumn Adventureland,” there will be crafts, carnival games and a costume parade at 2 p.m.
There will also be scary (and not-so-scary) storytelling in “Sleepy Hollow.”
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Lakewood Community Services Center and the Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation.
Admission to the event is free and open to the public, however people are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to Lakewood Community Services Center and Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation.
Tickets, for 25 cents each, may be purchased for food, beverages, the pumpkin raffle and the other activities.
For more information, call Hutchison 216-529-6045.
The event is presented by H2O, the city of Lakewood, Lakewood City Schools, Lakewood Hospital, Lakewood Public Library, Lakewood non-profit and civic organizations, LHS student organizations and Lakewood Early Childhood professionals.