Combine hundreds of pumpkins, the entire FFA chapter at Hamilton Heights High School and one historic train and what do you get? The Indiana Transportation Museum’s annual Pumpkin Train, or course!
The Pumpkin Train will run from Forest Park in Noblesville to a pumpkin patch near Arcadia at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday in October. Pick out a pumpkin or two, walk through the petting zoo, get your face painted and try out the straw maze. All of the activities are coordinated by the Hamilton Heights FFA.
The Indiana Transportation Museum will run a special “Trick-or-Treat Train on Halloween Day (October 31). The train cars will be decorated for the holiday and riders can wear their costumes. Candy and goodies will be handed out to all riders who want to get a jump on trick-or-treating.
For full disclosure, the Indiana Transportation Museum is a client of mine. But I’m also a mom. I know we are going to buy pumpkins for the kids and this is really a feel-good way to do it. Last year, the FFA chapter earned $3,700 from pumpkin sales and a portion of the excursion ticket to use for chapter activities. All pumpkin sales and a portion of each ticket will benefit the Hamilton Heights FFA chapter again this year. So my kids get their pumpkins and I get to support kids in the community at the same time!
Tickets for the Pumpkin Train are $14 for adults and $8 for children 2 – 12. Under 2 is free. Pumpkins cost extra, but all the other activities are included in the ticket price. If you have a large family, you can save $8 with the Family Pak Discount when you buy 2 adult and 2 kids tickets at least three days in advance. Have more than two kids? With the Family Pak, each additional child ticket is $2 off as well.
Pumpkin Trains fill up fast so reservations are recommended. Visit itm.org for more information.