Pumpkin Carving Activity in Time for Halloween


The countdown to the end of October is on, and a pre-Halloween Eve event is taking place in Florence! The Children’s Lending Library and Bee-lingual are hosting a pumpkin carving event and themed book reading in English on Sunday, October 23.

This activity is wonderful at this time of year. It really brings forward the spirit of the harvest season. Halloween may not be as widely celebrated in Europe as it is in the U.S., but there is still so much fun to be had at these kinds of events.

With a chill creeping its way into the air and the night of ghosts drawing nearer, embracing Halloween is the best way to also embrace fall and traditions, new and old! Getting messy by plunging your hands into a pumpkin may feel like silly fun, but it’s another form of art and self-expression that even children can find joy in.

It’s a unique tradition that is usually taken advantage of once a year. Pumpkin carving can be traced back to the roots of Old World traditions from countries like England, Scotland, and Ireland, so it helps you feel like a new part of an old story, all while getting messy and laughing with friends and family.

The event will take place in the morning at 10:30 am in Parco Villa il Ventaglio, via Aldini 12 (Campo di Marte – Viale Volta area), which is near Piazza delle Cure.

Sitting under the trees in a park, listening to a book being read out loud while carving pumpkins is a perfect autumn family combination that every family.

The event is free, and it is generally for children of ages 3 to 10. If you would like to go, bring your own pumpkin and carving tools.  (Isabella Azzaro)