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Organic pumpkins, costume parades and haunted barns

Cassie Pence

EAGLE – Eagle Ranch will host a Halloween party Sunday with a pumpkin patch, haunted barn and barbecue dinner prepared by Moe’s to raise funds for Gulfport hurricane victims.Six hundred pumpkins will be out for the pickin’, all grown organically on the Western slope.”We wanted to offer kids a way to get a pumpkin,” said Laurie Assmussen, event organizer. “It’s our third year and a lot of kids come in costume. It’s like a dry run for Halloween and we have a costume parade.”Girl Scout Troop 294 has created a haunted barn with graveyard, witches cauldron, mad scientists and alien encounters. Admission is $3. The pumpkin patch and the haunted house will be open from 3-7 p.m.”It’s for ages 3 and up. We will keep it more mellow for the younger groups and make it a little more scary for the older kids,” said Carole Bukovich, a troop mother.Happening at the same time is a barbecue dinner prepared by Moe’s. Plates are $7 each, and all proceeds benefit Gulfport hurricane victims. The dinner was organized by Melissa Lally, Gulfport native who has been working with Eagle County officials and the local Salvation Army to help the Mississippi area. “People want to help,” Lally said. “This gives them an opportunity to know exactly where the funds will be distributed.”Proceeds will be used to support the restoration of Gulfport, Miss., through Eagle County Relief to Gulfport efforts. There will also be a silent auction with items including four box seat for the Broncos/Raiders game, Eagle Ranch Golf items and recreation pass. The dinner will take place from 4-7 p.m.For more information, call 328-1182.Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 618, or, Colorado

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