The last three years, Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario, transforms itself into a pumpkin wonderland for the month of October. We have attended the event each year and it gets better and better all the time. What amazes me is the detail that goes into carving the pumpkins and then combining them into scenes. The village staff has learned a lot from the thousands of visitors who pour through the gates for the event. The traffic flow is much better now than it was the first time we went early in 2012, but even that year, they quickly made adjustments, so that when we went back the second time, the route had been made easier and safer.
This year, while I was disappointed to see that some of my favorite exhibits gone, like the gorgeous Chinese dragon, others like the snail garden and the incredible Noah’s Ark took its place. On the small lake, instead of the dragon, Swan Lake presents an incredible display of craftsmanship. Among the returning exhibits are those depicting Canadian wildlife–insects, flowers, the beaver, deer, and of course the moose. There are totem poles juxtaposed with tepees and braves on the hunt.
One of my favorite areas to view is the Hall of Horoscopes. My husband and I went up there on Sunday night with our daughter, her friend, and their families. It was fun to see all the sun signs and how many of our small group shared shared similar signs. My husband and one grand-daughter are Scorpios, my eldest son, another grand-daughter, and my eldest grandson are Sagittarius, while I’m a Leo, my daughter Virgo, and our youngest grandson Gemini. We’re all over the star map.
There’s also an exhibit this year paying tribute to the various Ford automobiles. Nine different models are depicted with phenomenal clarity. They even have an old-style gas pump.
So where do these pumpkins come from and who does all the work?
The carved pumpkins are artificial pumpkins, shaped from molds of real pumpkins. They’ve been designed and carved by young artists from Eastern Ontario. These designers and carvers, selected for their abilities, whether as a career or a hobby, design, carve, and build the various sets and displays. Each spring through summer, this group of amazingly talented artists, plan and create the new and vibrant exhibits to be added to that season’s Pumpkinferno, to keep it fresh and interesting and have the visitors begging for more.
The themes run the gambit from the beautiful, to the mysterious and of course the traditional. The village trees are back-lit to provide a fitting background for everything from the amazing musical, flashing pumpkins to the incredibly magical flower gardens and lacy designs. This tree looks like it’s ready to take a bite out of you. And speaking of bites, what Halloween display would be complete without the traditional villains?
So, if you live in Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec or Northern New York state, take the time to come and see Pumpkinferno. It’s well worth the effort.