Pumpkins are versatile gourds. You can eat them. You can smash them. And, as Morristown learned on Saturday night, you can illuminate them.
Kadie Dempsey of the Arts Council of the Morris Area came up with the idea and about 150 pumpkin-carvers ran with it, transforming the Vail Mansion reflecting pool into a shimmery sea of orange.
“I envisioned this for a long time,” said Kadie, a talented photographer. “It’s part of a new initiative at the Arts Council called Arts Everywhere. The spirit is: Near, Free and Open to Everyone.”
Candles were inserted into pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.
Next door, the Community Theatre welcomed people with cider, hot chocolate and spooky stories.
Across South Street, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church served up scary organ music.
Kadie’s aim for next year is four times as many pumpkins. She might pull it off, too.
Already, she has proven that good things can come from burning the candle at both ends.
Our humble suggestion for Halloween 2011: