Monday, October 21, 2019

Pumpkin Creatures, the oozing undead, and so many jack-o-lanterns!

One of the coolest Halloween events in our area was going on this past weekend. A couple nights ago, my mom and I went to the Pumpkin Pavilion in Bayview. You guys might remember seeing some pics from that last year. The event is held in a large, dark park. After climbing up over a hill, you find yourself looking at hundreds of very well carved pumpkins. There is music, a magician, and some genuinely creepy decorations.

So I barely even know where to begin with this because I took so many photos! I think I'll alternate between pumpkins and decorations to keep things fresh. So the first thing you see coming up the hill are these awesome jellyfish hanging from the trees:

Then as you near the pumpkins and the main building, you see this welcoming creature.

And then you see the first pumpkin display!

Closing in a bit... I love the bearded one and Grumpy Cat.

At least I'm reading that as a beard. If it's not a beard... ?

Sugar Skull pumpkin

This little monster was one of my favorites.

I think if you turned this one upside down, you'd still see a face.

Now after passing that initial cool pumpkin display, you see some super creepy figures. I'm happy with my photos, because I think I caught their creepiness.

Juicy eyeballs!

I keep trying to figure out what's going on with the back of his head. Is that brain matter coming out? It looks like a set of teeth for some reason.

And from the front - Woo! That looks pretty real and confrontative for a prop, doesn't it?

Creepin' through the trees.

Oogiddy Boogiddy

And for some reason after all that, I'm spooked by these pumpkins. They just seem so sinister.

Can't you almost hear them laughing? Mwahahahaha!

And their friend um... Crazy melted pumpkin or mushroom head?

This one is kinda cute:

These decorations were standing next to the main building. If you peered in the windows, you might very well see something peering back at you.

More views through the windows:

That woman's head at the bottom!

I'm just now seeing how horrifying this little scene is.

After peeking around the building, you see the really big displays.

The pumpkins just go on and on!

A few more favorites...

How impressive is this!?





I think this band was called Bleed.

A blurry, fiery looking pic of the mummy man. He was really moving.

Around the other side of the building...

Doesn't this pumpkin creature look so real? I'm guessing the artist took a mold of someone's face to make this.

Two thumbs up!

There was a vehicle out back that I interpreted as an ambulance. It had a passenger in back.

Getting closer to that passenger...

Back to something more friendly!

This looks like a face from a painting I've seen.

OK, I'm sure this one is kind of hard to understand from a photo, but the way I read this is that it's a pumpkin wearing underwear. If you see the cut out part as the underwear.

This one is a definite favorite!

And this... I'd like to talk with whoever made this to understand the concept. I know it's hard to see here but it is a sort of tipi shaped structure made of big branches. The branches are built up around a tree. We passed it on the way in and on the way out. On the way in, there were several children running circles round and round the inside of this.

At the end of the night, the kids were gone and I decided to go in there to see what it was like. To my surprise, I looked up to see this. There were very real skulls and bones hanging above my head all the way around the tree trunk. It's pretty spooky to be the only one in there and not have gone in expecting that! All I could think was "And on the next episode of Criminal Minds" because it reminded me of an episode of that show.

So there you go! And that's not even all the photos I took. There was just so much to see. You're almost distracted with trying to figure out where to look next at an event like this. I'm sure this will continue to be a tradition for us.

Any favorite pumpkin carvings or displays?


  1. What a fun time! I know they usually do a big pumpkin display on Boston Common every year but I haven't been able to get back to see it.

    1. Dex ~ It was! Oh, I'll have to look up some pics to see what the Boston Common event looks like. I'm sure you'll take some photos if you end up going there. Have you made it out to Salem yet?

  2. Great pics as always Justine. I was there Friday night, had a table in front of the band. they were pretty loud so it was hard to talk with family so we took off a bit early. Such great atmosphere there. Did you happen to drive by the Nightmare before christmas yard display? its located on Logan st. about 2 or 3 blocks east of Humbolt Park. If not you should check it out, its pretty impressive.

    1. The October Boy ~ Thank you! :) No way! So we were there on the same night again! We probably keep passing one another by each year. I was there somewhere between 7:30 and 9:00. Oh yeah, you can't ask for a better atmosphere! Did you see pretty much everything I posted photos of?

      Oh no, I did not see that Nightmare before Christmas display! We were parked on Logan, I guess just not on the right end of it to see that. We were near a yard that had this massive white ghost inflatable in it and this other yard with an inflatable organ and phantom type dude. Does any of that ring a bell with you?

  3. So many pumpkins! Love the jellyfish. I was already contemplating an under the sea look as a possible project.

    1. Old Fashion Halloween ~ Oh yes, so many pumpkins! I believe I read that there were over 800 out there. Aren't those jellyfish a fun surprise? I've never seen glowing jellyfish hanging from the trees anywhere else. Hey - give those jellyfish a go! I'm not sure how they're made, especially since I've only seen them at night. But I'd love to see your take on them!

  4. This sounds/looks like it was fun. More like what I'd like to go to, rather than the one that's in Sycamore. We've gone so many times, this year we decided to not go. Pumpkins will still be up on Monday, so we might go then. Maybe.
    Good pics!

    1. Lorelei ~ It was! The Pumpkin Pavilion is a definite highlight of the Halloween season around here. Well, if you do end up going to your local event I hope you post some photos from it! And thanks about pics. :) I was pretty happy with how they turned out. I love how much bright and colorful light there is to work with.