This year has been full of real-life scares for some, but that didn’t stop Dr. Kris Peterson, a local chiropractor, from hosting his annual pumpkin carving event.
At his Kenosha home, located in the Golden Meadows Subdivision at 9210 63rd St., dozens of lighted carved pumpkins will adorn the front lawn in a spectacular Halloween display beginning on Friday (Oct. 30) and running through Monday night.
“Peterson’s Pumpkin Patch” has been an annual event for the past 15 years. For the past 10 years, it has been a fundraiser for local causes. The causes normally alternate between people-based and animal-based causes.
This year’s donations will be given to Kindred Kitties. In 2019, money was raised for the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.
Between 3,000 to 5,000 people come to visit the display each year.
The pumpkins, most of which were donated by Kenosha’s own Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm, feature images created by Peterson. It takes two weeks to draw the designs on each pumpkin, and they sit on a large rack in the garage until they are ready for carving.
From the classic jack-o-lantern to the Addams Family, everyone is sure to find a pumpkin to enjoy. Peterson refers to the designs as “Spooky, but family-friendly.”
The Milwaukee School of Engineering women’s volleyball team kickstarted the carving on Sunday. Friends and neighbors of Peterson continue the tradition throughout the week.
This weekend, the pumpkins will light up Peterson’s front yard. This year, there will be signs displayed at two neighborhood entrances, and the street is now colloquially referred to as “Halloween Avenue.”