Don’t just let your pumpkins rot on your front porch after Halloween. Smash them and bash them, and roll them down a big hill during the third annual Pumpkin Bowl.
Held from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Pottawatomie Park, the event raises funds for the STC Underground Teen Center. The fee is $5 per pumpkin.
Take a turn rolling your jack-o-lantern down the main hill into oversized bowling pins. Bowl a 10-frame or a two-frame – as much or as little as you’d like, or your pumpkin can take. But don’t leave until you’ve smashed it into pieces by throwing it down a ramp behind the amphitheater. And don’t worry about the mess; the St. Charles Park District will take all pumpkin scraps and guts to the Kane County Government Center for recycling and composting.
In between throws, sip hot apple cider and indulge in donuts.
Go home empty handed but with the satisfaction of supporting a good cause.
The funds raised during the event will help support programs, equipment and supplies for the Underground to continue providing a safe, positive atmosphere where young adults can hang out, build friendships and have fun.
The Underground welcomes teens, ages 11-19, from all middle and high schools in the St. Charles School District 303 boundaries. About 100 teens visit the teen center every month, and during 2018, teens frequented the center 4,600 times.
The Underground Teen Center is located in the Baker Community Center, 101 S. Second St., St. Charles.
For more information, visit www.stcparks.org or call Underground Director Darby Beasley at 630-513-4321.