The landscape at Paradise Canyon Elementary school was transformed Friday into a Halloween bonanza, with parents stocking up on autumn pumpkins and children experimenting with face and hair paint.
The 20th annual harvest festival, one of several major fundraisers for the school, drew hundreds of families and community members.
“I think that it is just a time for families to gather and switch seasons to fall,” said Paradise Canyon parent Yvonne Herron.
La Cañada Elementary School also hosted a pumpkin patch on Friday, selling out by 4 p.m., said co-chair Gillan Abercrombie Frame.
“Year after year, school families and the community come out to support the event,” Abercrombie Frame said. “The pumpkins are always our biggest draw.”
It was a warm-up to La Cañada Elementary School’s annual Halloween Haunt carnival scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. Children preschool through sixth grade are invited to participate in the costume contest, said chairperson Suzanne Jensen.