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The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois Park, put on by Parks Alliance of Louisville, gives visitors a chance to see intricately carved pumpkins glowing on a transformed trail following the history of television.

WFPL’s Breya Jones takes you on this tour, with production help from Stephanie Wolf.

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Welcome to Pumpkinville. Pop. > 5000.

The town of Pumpkinville sprung up this fall in Louisville. And it will be gone again come Nov. 1.

Pumpkinville does not allow flash photography. Or smoking of any kind.

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Hear ye, hear ye, it’s the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.

First, visitors are welcomed to trail in a grand fashion. Pumpkins playing trumpets is the only way to go.


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The Emerald City, but make it pumpkins

Jackie Beatty visited the trail and was overwhelmed by the spectacle.

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*insert nose twitch*

Beatty thought the show was aptly named.

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And you are now about to enter the pumpkin zone

Where do the artists get their carving ideas? Alene Day, the co-artistic director for Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular and one of the many pumpkin artists this year, had the answer.

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Even in Pumpkinville, streaming services are popular.

Okay, so the pumpkin tells the artists what it wants to be, but then what does one use to carve a pumpkin with such detail? Beatty was left wondering the same thing.

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Pumpkins, uhh, find a way.

Designer Day explained how it’s done.

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And suddenly I am craving an Eggo waffle

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Do they even play music videos anymore?

Travis Reckner is one of this year’s pumpkin artists. He is also co-owner of Passion for Pumpkin, the company that produces Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. This year’s theme took him back in time.

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A piece of nostalgia

Reckner’s “M.A.S.H” pumpkin was his favorite.


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Beatty agreed with Reckner. Nostalgia ruled the trail this year.


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Pumpkin party

A group of children coming off the trail had their favorites picked out and needed to tell me about them all at the same time.

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“How did they do that?!” – everyone walking by this pumpkin

The reviews are in. Two thumbs way up.

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An elephant in outerspace, what else is there to say

It’s music to Reckner’s ears.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular will be aglow at Iroquois Park through October 31.

Breya Jones is the Breaking News Reporter for WFPL.