Leading up to Halloween, the art of pumpkin carving is on display at Burnaby’s Central Park.
The Pumpkins After Dark attraction opens Thursday (Sept. 22) with 6,000-plus jack-o-lanterns.
The photo-op creations, both spooky and whimsical, are revealed on a kilometre-long, 30-minute walk through the park, starting at Swangard Stadium, with sound effects, music and lighting.
The family-friendly event features pumpkin-carved superheroes, monsters, zombies, giant insects and assorted other displays, including a hippie-era VW van, the cast of “Shrek” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” characters.
What's Halloween without Michael Jackson's Thriller?— Tom Zillich (@TomZillich) September 22, 2022
More scenes from the #PumpkinsAfterDark event in Burnaby.
Yes, this scene was created with carved pumpkins (artfully positioned on wooden display cases painted black).
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Zoom in on the photo at left to see how this display at #PumpkinsAfterDark is created with carved pumpkins positioned on wooden display cases.— Tom Zillich (@TomZillich) September 22, 2022
It took me awhile to figure out how it's done!
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Back-lit and attached to wooden display cases painted black, the carved pumpkins are positioned to create Canadian-made works of art worthy of a gallery, as viewed on a media-preview night Wednesday (Sept. 21).
But is it all worth the admission price? That’s debatable.
An adult ticket is $21.95, or $17.95 for youth aged four to 16. There’s also a Family Pack of tickets (two adults, two kids) for $74.80. Details are found on pumpkinsafterdark.com/burnaby.
Food trucks are parked in the stadium, along with pumpkin-y photo ops and carvers at work.
Produced by Lantern Events Inc., similar events are also staged in Calgary, Edmonton and Milton, Ont.