Proving an ideal means of getting into the Halloween spirit, Kivi Park was packed with families on Saturday for the second-annual incarnation of The Great Pumpkin Hunt.
While some families explored the grounds, cooked smores and collected pumpkins scattered throughout a portion of the park’s 480 acres, some explored the park with a witch.
Played by Katie Kurt, the Kivi Park Queen led an excited group of youngsters through the grounds on an occasionally educational Halloween-themed tour of the grounds.
Park executive director Kerry Lamarche said the annual event is a well-attended autumn activity for families, which in addition affording families a fun Halloween-themed day, raises money for those who can’t afford to visit the park.
Although Kivi Park is a non-profit organization, they require the sale of park passes in order to sustain the grounds. Annual passes are free for children 10 years of age and younger, $50 for youths aged 11-18, $100 for adults and $90 for seniors.
There are other options, such as a $9 day pass, but Lamarch said it isn’t necessarily affordable for everyone.
At the entrance to Saturday’s event, people were encouraged to drop donations into a jar to go toward paying for the passes of those who can’t afford them.
For more information about Kivi Park, open year-round at 4472 Long Lake Rd., click here.
Tyler Clarke covers city hall and political affairs for Sudbury.com.