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Tokeneke Elementary's Pumpkin Carnival Returns To Darien

Girls enjoy the Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival in Darien in 2013. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Eliza Sheffield
Kids enjoy rides at last year's carnival. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Eliza Sheffield
Pumpkins are every where at the Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Eliza Sheffield
Activities abound for carnival fans of all ages at the Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival in Darien. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Eliza Sheffield

DARIEN, Conn. -- The Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival, a fall-favorite activity for Fairfield County families, returns to Tokeneke Elementary School in Darien in October.

The carnival offers something spooky and fun for children both big and small. Every October for almost 50 years, the Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival has transformed the Tokeneke Elementary School, on Old Farm Road in Darien, into a Halloween-themed haunted house and amusement park where one can find delicious food,  games and activities plus a wide variety of mechanical rides.

The carnival is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Oct. 18  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date for the event will be Sunday, Oct. 19. The 2014 Pumpkin Carnival features rides and attractions suitable for a wide variety of ages. For those seeking a thrill, try Ali Baba, the Cliffhanger and Zero Gravity. Pre-schoolers are sure to love the cars, trains and spin rides. In addition, the haunted house is not to be missed! Plenty of games and activities will also be available, including Pumpkin Plinko, Ghoulie Goalie and the Apple Launch.  Carnival participants will also be able to enjoy a wide array of tasty foods and beverages from local Darien restaurants, such as Burgers Shakes & Fries, Heights Pizza, and Upper Crust Bakery and Café. A Newman’s Own lemonade stand will serve refreshments.  The Tokeneke Parent Teacher Organization is responsible for organizing the carnival. Local businesses are the key supporters of the event, and the Darien Sports Shop will be this year’s title sponsor. Some of the other sponsors are: East Coast Irrigation; Newman’s Own; Speed Printing & Graphics; The Darien News; Darien Rowayton Bank; Fox Hill Builders; Dr. David Osherow; Deane, Inc.; Heights Pizza. 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. Learn more about the 2014 Pumpkin Carnival on the event website .

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