Pumpkin Drop Mundelein

First you grow a pumpkin in your garden or shop at the store or pick one out at a farm; it takes a while to pick out the perfect pumpkin. Then you plan out your carving pattern, convince the children to wait until about a week before Halloween so it lasts and doesn’t rot too quickly. Then the fun part: scoop out the guts, save the seeds and bake them.

But the Halloween hangover kicks in. Trick-or-Treating is done, the costumes have been worn and photographed, and you look at all the Halloween decorations thinking, what am I going to do with that pumpkin?

The physics department at Mundelein High School has the answer for you. And his name is Big Red.

Pumpkin Drop Mundelein
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Big Red is a trebuchet/catapult designed and built by Mundelein High School physics students for the launching of pumpkins at the Keith Mione Community Park in Mundelein on Sunday.

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The event is free and each participant may bring one pumpkin.

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© C. Keegan | Little Lake County.com | 2015

You might even get the chance to drop it and smash it on the way to the event if you have a stubborn son like mine who won’t let you help carry the heavy pumpkin.

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© C. Keegan | Little Lake County.com | 2015

In addition to launching them, in previous years participants could roll them down the hill or smash them with a bat.

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© C. Keegan | Little Lake County.com | 2015
pumpkin drop mundelein
© C. Keegan | Little Lake County.com | 2015

At the end of the event all pumpkin parts are picked up and composted.

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© C. Keegan | Little Lake County.com | 2015

The event is FREE on Sunday, November 1, at 12:30pm (don’t forget to change your clocks so you’re on time) at Keith Mione Community Park (the sled hill) in Mundelein.

Annual Pumpkin Drop
Sunday, November 1, 2015 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Keith Mione Community Park, 1461 North Midlothian Road, Mundelein

Find other pumpkin smashing events in Lake County.

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Cheryl is a hyper-tasking mom (because who has time to only multi-task?) who stops to take pictures (and smell the roses), loves to jog (slowly) and volunteers way too much.

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