Jack-O-Jaunt

Calling all creative ghosts, ghouls, goblins!!!

Join us this Halloween season for our second, moonlit, Jack-O-Jaunt. Bring us your best carved jack-o-lantern to be put on display in Lytton Plaza on Friday, October 29, from 6pm-8:30pm. Don’t have space to carve your jack-o-lantern at home? Sign up for our jack-o-jaunt workshop and carve it on site! Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The community will get an opportunity to vote for the scariest, cutest, most creative, and best overall jack-o-lantern as they stroll through our display. Winners of each category will receive a $75 gift card to a Palo Alto business of their choosing.

If you prefer to carve at home, we recommend carving your jack-o-lantern at home no more than 2 days (Wednesday Oct 27) prior to the jaunt.  

The City's Recreation division will supply LED candles for all jack-o-lanterns. Registered workshop participants will receive 1 pumpkin and have access to carving and decorating tools. 

 

Pumpkin Carving Workshop

Join us at Lytton Plaza on Friday, October 29 from 3:30p-5:30p and get your pumpkin carving on! This workshop is available for ghost, ghouls, and goblins of all ages! (Parents must stay with their child if they are under the age of 12.) All carved jack-o-lanterns must be turned over to Palo Alto Recreation staff by 5:30pm to be part of our Jack-O-Jaunt display and contest. You may pick up your jack-o-lantern at the end of the event, please just notify our recreation staff that you will be picking it up. 

By signing up to participate in the workshop, all registered participants will receive 1 pumpkin, access to carving tools, paints, and other jack-o-lantern decorating accessories.

To sweeten the pot, the community will be able to vote for their favorites in the following four categories:

  • Scariest
  • Cutest
  • Most Creative
  • Best Overall

The winner in each of these categories will be eligible to receive a $75 gift card to a Palo Alto store of their choosing. 

All jack-o-lanterns entered are eligible to win! 

Prizes are sponsored by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation.

Jack-O-Jaunt Display Participant

All carved jack-o-lanterns must be submitted to Palo Alto Recreation staff between 5-5:30pm to be part of our Jack-O-Jaunt display and contest. You may pick up your jack-o-lantern at the end of the event, please just notify our recreation staff that you will be picking it up. 

To sweeten the pot, the community will have a chance to walk through the display and vote for the jack-o-lantern that they think is the:

  • Scariest
  • Cutest
  • Most Creative
  • Best Overall 

The jack-o-lantern in these categories with the most votes will receive a $75 gift card to a Palo Alto business of their choosing (please note that not all businesses offer gift cards/certificates, so you may be asked to select a alternative business). 

All registered jack-o-lanterns entered are eligible to win! 

The Jaunt starts promptly at 6pm. Our staff will provide the LED candle as well as a contestant number for your registered jack-o-lantern.

Prizes are sponsored by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation

When

  • Friday, October 29, 2021 | 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Location

Corner of University Ave & Emerson St