Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow returning; Nearly 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns on display tonight

DAYTON — Nearly a thousand jack-o-lanterns are on display this year at the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow in Dayton.

The free event is open again Tuesday, October 26th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the hill behind the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on 500 Belmonte Park North. The display was also available on Monday.

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Over the weekend, News Center 7 stopped by the Greek Orthodox Church in Grafton Hill to watch as volunteers carved more than 800 pumpkins. Saturday was the second day of carving for volunteers.

“It really feels good every year. After doing this for five days straight, we’re like, ‘why are we doing this?’ It’s so much work. It’s a lot of effort, but it’s really worth it when you stand in the hill and you see all the families and the people just really enjoying the pumpkins and it’s a special night,” said John Edinger, President of the Grafton Hill Association.

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There will also be food trucks at the event including El Meson, The Family Bean Coffee Truck & Urban BBQ.

Parking will be available at The Dayton Art Institute, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, and throughout the Grafton Hill Neighborhood, according to event organizers.

Stoddard Avenue will be closed from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. Tuesday night.