The pie-eating contest is an annual favorite at the village of Orland Park’s Great Pumpkin Party, organizers said. This year's party will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at Centennial Park, 15600 West Ave. Admission and parking are free. | Supplied photo
Updated: October 30, 2013 6:06AM
Orland Park’s annual Great Pumpkin Party is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Centennial Park Warming House, 15600 West Ave., near the ice rink.
The event is free and open to all ages, according to a news release from the village, and the party will include hay rides, pony rides, roasting marshmallows, a pie-eating contest, costumed pet parade, pumpkin patch, crafts, activities, games and music. Attendees are invited to wear Halloween costumes.
Scarecrow-building will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Participants should bring old clothes, a hat and panty hose for the head. Straw, string, bags for the heads and directions will be provided.
The Pet Costume Parade will be at 4:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded after the parade for most spooky, most unique, owner/pet lookalike and most trendy.
The pie-eating contest is at 5 p.m. for three age groups: 8 to 11, 12 to 17, and 18 and older. Participation is limited, and registration will be held at the event.
The pumpkin patch will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. Pumpkins cost $2 each, with a limit of two per family.
Free parking will be available at Centennial Park, entering at West Avenue and Fun Drive; and at the 153rd Street Metra train station. Concessions will be sold.
For more information, call (708) 403-7275 or visit www.orlandpark.org.