Week of October 10: Pumpkin Patch, Dance Party and a Halloween Art Market

Halloween season is in full swing, so it’s time to dress up, decorate and dance for a good cause.

Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin patches are popping up all over the city. Here are some places to pick up a pumpkin, enjoy some crafts and more.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1031 S. Carrollton Ave., has plenty of pumpkins to bring home with its annual event. The patch is open Mon.-Thurs., 3 to 6:30 p.m., Fridays, 3 to 7 p.m. and weekends, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through October 30. Additionally, NOLA Winds will be playing a free concert on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. with some spooky music classics. Costumes are encouraged for all.

First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, 5401 S. Claiborne Ave., is open for pumpkin picking (plus gourds and colorful corn) Mon.-Fri., 3 p.m. to dusk, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to dusk and Sundays, 1 p.m. to dusk through October 30.

In Metairie, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 3412 Haring Road, will have pumpkins of all sizes, gourds, baked goods and more. Open Mon.-Fri., noon to 8 p.m., weekends, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. “Pumpkin Palooza” on Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will also feature kid-friendly games and activities and pumpkin decorating.

For something a little bit different, check out NOLA Craft Culture’s Glitter Pumpkin Patch this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, and next weekend, Oct. 22-23. It’s free for all and features hand glittered (weather resistant) pumpkins in a variety of glamorous sizes, shapes and colors, plus art, jewelry, art, candles, food vendors and more. It’s a spooky fun party.


City Park’s annual not-so-scary “Ghosts in the Oaks” celebration kicks off next Thursday, Oct. 20, and continuing each night through Sunday, Oct. 23, with its very own pumpkin patch, plus arts and crafts, hot dog roasting, trick or treating and more.

Finally, plan ahead, get your advance tickets and check out Sugar Roots Farm’s Pumpkin Fest, next Sunday, October 23 at 10701 Willow St., featuring pony rides, live music, games, a costume contest and more. Proceeds from the event will support Sugar Roots’ teaching farm and efforts to educate the community on sustainable farming, skills to grow and eat food and information on land stewardship across the Gulf South.

Party with a Purpose

Non-profit glass recycling organization Glass Half Full is hold a first-of-its-kind “Glasstonbury” glass recycling fundraiser-dance party this Friday, Oct. 14, 8:30 p.m. at d.b.a. with performances by Katey Red, Smokin’ on Some Brass, DJ Otto and more surprises. The organization transforms household glass into recycled sand and gravel for art, gardening and coastline restoration projects, with more efforts in the works. If you’re interested in recycling your own glass trash, drop off is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3935 Louisa Street.

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