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Enjoy Spooky Fun At Darien's Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival

The Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival will return to Darien on Oct. 6.
The Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival will return to Darien on Oct. 6. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

DARIEN, Conn. -- Kids and families are in for a spooky treat as the annual Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival returns to Tokeneke Elementary School on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Every October for almost 50 years, the Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival has transformed the Tokeneke Elementary School, located on Old Farm Road, into a Halloween-themed haunted house and amusement park with food, games, activities and carnival rides.

Carnival-goers will be able to enjoy a wide array of tasty foods and beverages from local Darien restaurants, such as Burgers, Shakes and Fries, Heights Pizza and Upper Crust Bakery and Café.

The funds raised at the Pumpkin Carnival provide critical funding for the Enrichment Program at the Tokeneke Elementary School. Over the years, the Enrichment Program has helped bring inspirational and unexpected guests in the arts and sciences into the classroom for personal discussion and instruction with students.

“It’s the support of the Tokeneke and the Darien community that makes the Pumpkin Carnival such a success year after year,” Tokeneke parent and Co-Chair of this year’s event Kaitlyn Troy said in a statement. “We owe so much to the volunteers who so willingly give their time and energy. Please make sure to come and enjoy the rides and food and get a head start on the Halloween spirit.”

The event is also co-chaired by Julie Best.

Organized by the Darien Parent Teacher Organization, the event is sponsored by Darien Sports Shop, East Coast Irrigation, Newman’s Own, Better Lists, Inc., The Darien News, Darien Rowayton Bank, Fairway, Deane, The Healthy Child, Heights Pizza, Dr. David Osherow, D.D.S., The Studio and Vernal’s Service Station.

In the event of rain, the carnival will be re-scheduled to Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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