Chadds Ford Historical Society’s 44th Annual Great Pumpkin Carve – a ‘cut’ above the rest!

October 2019

Famous throughout the region, The Great Pumpkin Carve is the quintessential Brandywine Valley experience, started by artists Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth and Jimmy Lynch in the 1970s as a creative way to decorate the Chadds Ford Inn for Halloween.

The date is October 17th through 19th, and the event takes place on the society’s grounds at 1736 N. Creek Road, in Chadds Ford.

This autumn tradition features 70 local artists competing in many categories. They start by carving huge pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns on Thursday night. The pumpkins, that can weigh as much as 400 pounds, will be lit and displayed at the end of the carving on Thursday, and illuminated again on Friday and Saturday nights. Come out and vote for the pumpkin you think deserves the “2019 People’s Choice” Award.

There’s great entertainment for all ages including live music, raffle prizes, hayrides and other fun activities. There’s an expanded Haunted Trail, as well as local wine, beer, and food vendors.

Parking is free and admission is $15 for adults; $5 for children; free for children 6 and under. The Great Pumpkin Carve begins at 4 pm and ends at 9 pm on Thursday and Friday, October 17th and 18th, with extended hours on Saturday, October 19th, from 3 pm to 9 pm. Registration is required to enter the pumpkin carving competition.

Tyler Arboretum invites you to slide, ride & bounce during their Annual Pumpkin Day’s Weekend Festival!

Whether you slide, take a hayride, or jump headfirst into inflatable moon bounce, there’s something for everyone, from face-painting to crafts, games, family photo-ops and of course – PUMPKINS! There’s an obstacle course plus special wildlife demonstrations, free live entertainment, and education stations.

Pumpkin Days Admission: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $9 for youth, students and active military with ID. Children 2 and under FREE. No preregistration required.

The Grange Estate has something to ‘crow about!’

The Historic Grange Estate is located in Havertown, nestled on a hillside above Cobbs Creek. The estate is composed of a mansion first inhabited in the early 1700’s, and numerous outbuildings.

This year’s Fall Open House is Sunday, October 13th from 1 to 4pm. It is a wonderful family event that combines Halloween crafts with Delco history. Families can make their very own Scarecrow! You provide the stuffing (old clothes for example) and Grange volunteers will supply the guidance and decorations. Plus there will be pumpkin painting and free tours of the mansion, which reflects the history of this community since 1682. Adjacent to the site is the converted dairy barn that is now St. James Church. Surrounding these improvements are gardens and woodlands with historic and state champion trees.