Wellesley has its share of great Halloween activities, from the annual Bates Pumpkin Fair to the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church’s pumpkin patch to the upcoming Poets’ Corner Haunted House.
And here’s a new entry to the mix that could be very fun: The First Annual Wellesley Kiwanis Pumpkin Race.
The idea is to equip a real pumpkin with wheels and then race it down a hill for fun and prizes.
You better hurry if you want to compete, though, as the event takes place this Sunday, Oct. 21 from 9:30am-12:30pm at the Calvin Street Parking Lot at Wellesley Middle School.
The official rules include that your Pumpkin Race Car must consist of a single pumpkin; you need to insert 2 independent axles through the pumpkin to attach wheels; no pre-fabricated chassis allowed (such as roller skates, strollers, toy trucks); and no explosives or pyrotechnics (darn!). As for the race itself, no pushing on the car is allowed and note that the Mallet-O-Justice will be wielded on cheaters’ pumpkin cars.
The entry fee is $10 and proceeds go to the Doug Garron Toy Fund at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Awards will go to most creative pumpkin, best pumpkin crash and the top 3 racers.
And who knows, maybe all this could lead to an even more ambitious pumpkin race out on Lake Waban or Morses Pond next year!