Volunteers are needed for a new event this Halloween season: the Great Westerville Pumpkin Glow.
Christa Dickey, spokeswoman for the city, said Randy Auler, director of the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, came up with the idea because he had seen other cities around the country hold a similar event, but not a regional one.
"We wanted to create a signature event when our parks are more beautiful," Dickey said.
She said 10 hand-created scenes are scheduled to be on display, along with a quarter-mile trail lined with carved pumpkins. Dickey said this will be a family-friendly event with food trucks, pumpkin painting, live music, a live pumpkin-carving demonstration and games.
Sponsored by the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, the event will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 23-27 at Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave.
Derrick McPeak, arts supervisor with the recreation department, said organizers are in need of volunteers not only for the event, but for several days prior.
"There will actually be morning shifts as well (Oct.) 20 through 23," he said.
McPeak said a schedule of volunteer shifts would be posted on the city's website, westerville.org, but 50 to 100 volunteers are needed.
Dickey said more than 3,000 pumpkins need to be carved and rotated out as the event goes on.
"Any volunteers we can get would be great," McPeak said.
He said volunteers can be expected to do anything from carving and sanitizing pumpkins, placing them along the trail, scooping them out and drawing designs.
Tickets for the event are on sale and cost $12 for those 16 and older, $10 for youth ages 3-15, according to westerville.org. Admission is free for children younger than 3. Tickets can be purchased at westerville.org/registration, in person at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., or at the event each day.
McPeak said those looking to volunteer can apply for a shift through the volunteer portal at tinyurl.com/y2fpfrsl or call 614-901-6539.