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The annual pumpkin sale at St. Paul United Methodist Church at Highland Avenue and Rosery Road is under way. Volunteers for the church youth group unloaded 2,500 pumpkins and put them on display Oct. 11. It took three hours for 65 volunteers to unload the semitrailer truck and display the pumpkins. Money from the sale will benefit the church's youth ministry. Overall, there are about 30 youth group volunteers working at the site. Included at the sale is a hay chair where you can take pictures of family members in the hay bales and with pumpkins.

If you go

Pumpkin time

What: St. Paul United Methodist Church's Pumpkin Patch.

Hours of operation through Oct. 30: noon to 6 p.m.Sunday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Where: 1199 Highland Ave. (at Highland and Rosery Road)

Cost: Prices range from 75 cents to $15.

Want to get inthe holiday spirit?

Take in a classic.

The 1966 animated special It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown features the Peanuts gang celebrating Halloween, with Linus hoping that, finally, he will be visited by the Great Pumpkin.

The half-hour show airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ABC.

How to extend the life of a jack-o'-lantern

-Wipe the exterior surfaces of the pumpkin clean using a damp cloth.

-Make a bleach solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach per quart of water and put it in a spray bottle.

-Spray the pumpkin inside and all cut areas of the pumpkin with the bleach solution to kill the bacteria and mold that cause rotting.

-Let the solution penetrate for about 20 minutes and dry.

-Rub all of the carved or cut surfaces with petroleum jelly to keep out new bacteria and molds as well as dramatically reduce the dehydration.

-Wipe away excess petroleum jelly with a paper towel.

-Keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight and try to keep it as cool as possible.

www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org/

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