|This youngster checks out his decorated pumpkin during the 2014 Deane Little Beans program at the Deane Center in Wellsboro.|
WELLSBORO, PA—Just in time for Halloween, youngsters ages 2 to 11 will be able to take home pumpkins they have decorated any way they want.
The Deane Little Beans Harvest Celebration offers lots to do and everything is free at the Deane Center's Coolidge Theatre and lobby at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. It will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23 with pumpkin decorating with Rachel Tews of the Fifth Season. The pumpkins and all of the supplies for decorating them, including paintbrushes, washable paints, wiggly eyes, sequins and other items, will be provided free. Youngsters should wear washable attire.
Storytime will include a reading of "The Legend of Spookley The Square Pumpkin" followed by a showing of the movie by the same name. Spookley is a square pumpkin who lives in a patch of "normal" round pumpkins. He is the official anti-bullying spokes pumpkin for National Bullying Prevention Month in October. Both the book and movie share a message of tolerance and kindness in a fun way that is easily understood by early learners and can help stop bullying before it begins.
Deane Little Beans will play carnival games, including Pumpkin Bowling, Ghoulish Monster Ping-Pong and Pumpkin Harvest Tic-Tac-Toe and can have their pictures taken with a pumpkin scarecrow. There will also be snacks.
Each youngster will have a photo taken with his or her decorated pumpkin. All of the photos will be posted on the Fifth Season’s Facebook page for a chance to win a prize. People will have until Monday, Oct. 31 to vote for their favorite pumpkin in each of three age categories, 2-4, 5-7 and 8-11. The first place winner in each category will be announced Oct. 31. The winners will receive a Halloween treat basket containing $25 worth of prizes, such as books, stuffed animals and gift certificates for movies and/or candy.
Sponsors are the Deane Center for the Performing Arts and the Fifth Season.
This free program is open on a first come, first served basis to 250 children. Parents can register by calling 570-724-6910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.