Pumpkin Fest

The Headhouse District celebrated Halloween on Saturday with their annual Pumpkin Festival. The event featured activities for the whole family, including pumpkin decorating, face painting, and local vendors.

The Headhouse District in Philadelphia came alive this past Saturday as residents and visitors gathered to celebrate Halloween at the annual Pumpkin Festival. The festival featured a wide array of activities, making it a fun-filled day for all ages.

“We’ve been coming every year. It’s a great way to celebrate Halloween activities and a great excuse to dress up right?” said Kara Azarva, a festival-goer who has been attending the event for several years.

Kara Azarva’s sentiment was echoed by many in attendance, as the festival’s charm continues to draw in locals and tourists alike. “They just have a great time with all the festivities. We live right in the neighborhood, so obviously, we want to support the neighborhood,” she added.

For the young trick-or-treaters, the festival offered a unique opportunity to collect candy from local vendors and design their own Halloween treat bags.

According to Terayah Overton, an event employee, the turnout was fantastic. “It’s been amazing, it’s been so many kids. The kids have been happy to come out, and I’m just happy that everybody is having a great experience,” she shared.

Entertainment was in no short supply with circus performances by the Give-and-Take Jugglers throughout the day. 

Allison Watman, who has been a professional aerial trapeze artist for over 12 years, explained her craft, “It takes a lot of strength and coordination. It’s also really fun. It’s really great exercise. It’s also very creative. It’s almost like dancing in the air, it’s really fun.”

The duo travels all around the East Coast to perform, but Headhouse Shambles holds a special place in their hearts. 

“The original members actually used to perform here at Headhouse Square, since the 80s. They would street perform here and they were hired to perform here after that so this is actually pretty hallowed ground for us and our company, it’s really cool,” Watman shared.

The Headhouse District’s Pumpkin Festival will be returning next year, and many are already looking forward to the festivities.

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