Go Green This Halloween: Smash Your Pumpkins on Saturday!

The pumpkin smash is Saturday, November 2, 2019! What is a pumpkin smash, you ask? Communities all over are holding events to collect jack-o-lanterns and prevent them from heading to landfills. Instead, they’ll be composted, which helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provides soil with much-needed nutrients. It’s an annual event, held the first Saturday after Halloween. So go green and drop off your jack-o-lantern at one the many pumpkin smash sites in the suburbs!

2019 Pumpkin Smash Events

Pumpkin & Electronics Recycling at the Carol Stream Water Reclamation Center
245 Kuhn Road
Carol Stream, IL 60188
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash at Hinsdale South High School
7401 Clarendon Hills Road
Stadium parking lot – SE corner
Darien, IL 60561
9:00 am – 11:30 am

Pumpkin Smash at Downers Grove North High School
4436 Main Street
Parking lot at Grant & Main
Downers Grove, IL 60515
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash at Downers Grove South High School
1436 Norfolk Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

SCARCE Pumpkin Composting at the Elmhurst Public Works Facility
985 South Riverside Drive
Elmhurst, IL 60126
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
393 North Main Street
Hillside Parking Lot
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash at SCARCE
799 West Roosevelt Road Building 2 (South Side)
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash at the La Grange Park Public Works
937 Barnsdale Road
LaGrange Park, IL 60526
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash in Lisle
925 Burlington Avenue
Commuter Parking Lot C, just south of village hall
Lisle, IL 60532
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash at Elmwood Elementary School
1024 Magnolia Lane
Naperville, IL 60540
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash Composting at Ron Ory Community Garden Plots
811 S. West Street
Naperville, IL 60540
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Great Pumpkin Smash at Barrie Park
1011 South Lombard Ave 
Oak Park, IL 60304 
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash at Roosevelt Middle School
7560 Oak Avenue
Playground on Jackson/Oak
River Forest, IL 60305
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash at Community Park
8125 West 171st Street
White Water Canyon parking lot
Tinley Park, IL 60477
9:00 am – 11:00 am

Pumpkin Smash at the First United Methodist Church of West Chicago
643 East Washington Street
West Chicago, IL 60185
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash at the Western Springs Recreation Center
1500 Walker Street
Western Springs, IL 60558
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash at the Westmont Public Library
428 North Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash in Wheaton
SW corner West Liberty Drive & South Carlton Avenue
Commuter Lot #9
Wheaton, IL 60187
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Pumpkin Smash at Camp Greene Wood
3155 71st Street
Enter through Gate #1 or Gate #2
Woodridge, IL 60517
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

It’s getting chillier, but there’s still plenty of outdoor family fun to be had! Tag us on Instagram (or use #mykidlist) to show off your autumn adventures.

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About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

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