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Rochester Hills Museum Looks to Put More than 1,100 Pumpkins on Stone Wall

Here's what's planned for this year's Stonewall Pumpkin Festival, an annual tradition of the season around town.

Carve a pumpkin; put it on the wall.

That's how the annual Stonewall Pumpkin Festival at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm works: guests carve their jack-o-lantern during a daytime festival and then return at night to see them shine along the museum's wall. 

See a photo gallery from festivals' past.

This year, the festival is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. The nighttime show will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Last year, 1,100 pumpkins adorned the wall; this year, organizers are hoping for even more pumpkin-carving fun.

Here's what you need to know to plan for the popular event:

  • Activities: Hayrides, the Dinosaur Hill "Pioneer Playground," music, art projects and a hay jump.
  • The scarecrows: they are being made right now by local organizations and will be on display around the festival grounds.
  • Book readings: Patch writer Laura Cassar will read her , which is based on this event, at noon. At 12:15 p.m., Danny Glazier, author of If I Had 100 Pockets, will read his book.
  • Tours: You'll be able to check out exhibits inside the museum's dairy barn.
  • Cost: $7 per person for the daytime festival includes a pumpkin; kids 2 and under are free. The nighttime show is free, but guests are encouraged to bring gently used gloves and hats for the Rochester Area Neighborhood House.

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