One Night Only
Friday, Oct 26
6:00-9:00 pm

Oakland Nature Preserve
Calling All Artists And
Jack-O-Lantern Enthusiasts:

We want to display your  talent!   Bring us your Jack-O-Lantern for display and you can enter the Jack-O- Lantern contest.  We are offering dozens of prizes and prize packages from venues all around Carobndale including resaurant gift certificats, spa passes, entertainment tickets, toys, treats, and more!  

First, Second, and Third place prizes will be awarded in several age classes  for overall artisry, along with many special themed categories (nature themed, school spirit, Saluki pride, cutest, silliest, scariest, best represents RSO, best represents organization  or business).

Age classes: 
0-5, 6-9, 10-13, 14-17, and 18+

Children under 10  can enter no-carve pumpkins.  These pumpkins can be painted and decorated any way your young little artist would like.  These pumpkins will be displayed in a lighted section of the trail.

All pumpkins from   older children and adults should be carved, as they will be displayed in the unlit portion of the trail.

Bring your pumpkin to the Oakland Nature Peserve Friday Oct  26th from 8am -  3pm.  Please write your name in black sharpie on the bottom where it cannot be seen by the judges.  Your pumpkin will be numbered  so they can be "blind judged"  and added to the trail for display.

Submission fees:
17 & under - free to enter
Students 18+  - $5 for up to 3 entries, $3 for each additional pumpkin
Adults  18+ - $10 for up to 3 entries, $5 for each additional pumpkin
Organizations & Business' -  $25 per entry
Can't make this  date and time?  The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale will accept Pumpkins Thursday, Oct 25 from 9am to 6pm, or contact the GE director at or 618 201-3774 for other arrangments.

The Glow

Join us for Carbondale's only nighttime Jack-O-Lantern  hike.  A trail at the Oakland Preserve will be lined with hundreds of Jack-O-Lanterns creating an ethereal and beautiful night-time hike.  Proceeds will benefit both the Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale  and Green Earth. 

Location and Parking:
The event will take place at Green Earth’s Oakland Preserve, located at 1319  North Oakland Ave, directly across from the City Cemetery.  Parking will be available adjacent to the cemtery.   

Other Fun:  ​
Concession sales of hot beverages and dessert snacks will be offered along with facepainting,   free kids games,  a fire pit for roasting marshmallows  and  
live music by Marty Merrill and Candy Davis.  

Many activities are free  including kids games, music, and  enjoying the bonfire.  We are asking adults for a donation of $5 for walking  the Glow Trail, kids are free.

Carbondale Halloween
We are proud to be part of the enitre Carbondale Halloween Celebration.  To view other activities for
Oct. 26 & Oct. 27, visit CarbondaleHalloween.Com

For more information about the Pumpkin Glow  
email  or call  618 201-3774 .