EDGEWATER – Chicagoans can easily compost their Halloween pumpkins this year – by crushing them.
Two pumpkin carving festivals are scheduled for Saturday in Andersonville and Edgewater, one of which will be part of the festival. convenient to Andersonville’s business district. These are intended to prevent the pumpkin from filling.
The Pumpkin Smash Festival is 11 am-5 pm Saturday on Catalpa Avenue between Clark Street and Ashland Avenue. The street festival will allow participants to break out their Halloween Jack-o’-lanterns at four locations, with each location providing a different way to destroy the pumpkins.
There are over 20 vendors at the festival, including Nuts to Go, Adorn Candles & Home Fragrance, Dimo’s Pizza and Fjällräven Chicago.
Bring your own pumpkin, but pumpkin carving tickets are $5. To register to pick a pumpkin, click here. All participants must sign a liability waiver.
Discarded pumpkins will be collected and composted by WasteNot Compost, which has partnered with the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce to provide composting services to local businesses.
Entry into the fun is a $5 donation suggested.
The third annual Edgewater Pumpkin Smash is noon-4 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at 6040 N. Clark St., just north of the firehouse.
The free feature allows residents to set aside their pumpkins for composting or for fun and toss them in a large trash can.
In its first two years, the pumpkin smash has helped divert more than 8 tons of pumpkins from landfills, according to the Edgewater Environmental Coalition, the group behind the event.
Pumpkins brought to the event must be free of flammable materials, including candles or plastic decorations.
For more information on the Edgewater Pumpkin Smash, click here.
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