Canal-O-Ween: Pumpkins. Fire. Water. Magic - A Yardley, PA Experience.
Canal-O-Ween is an annual week-long traditional-style lighting of Jack-O-Lanterns that starts on the Sunday before Halloween with the 10th annual Carve-O-Thon. Located on North Edgewater Avenue along the historic Delaware Canal in the Rivermawr Neighborhood, the Canal-O-Ween Stroll enables residents and visitors to enjoy fall’s beauty without vehicles within the natural setting of the canal. Canal-O-Ween is about carving pumpkins, lighting them, enjoying the creativity of 300+ Jack-O-Lanterns, and sharing the simple beauty of fall together with friends and family.
Yardley Borough’s Rivermawr Neighborhood on North Edgewater Avenue & the corner of Morgan & Maple Avenues
Meet Up for Carve-O-Thon:
When: Sunday, October 28 from 12 – 3 PM+
Where: Rivermawr Green at the corner of Maple Ave. and Morgan Avenues in Yardley Borough’s Rivermawr Neighborhood.
The Carve-O-Thon™ is a great family-freindly activity where we gather to carve 250-300+ Jack-O-Lanterns in about 3 hours! Bring your tools if you have them and we invite you to bring a large pumpkin, or carve one of ours! Other things to know:
- We supply tents, tables and tarps for folks who come to carve
- We’ll be cooking up hot dogs and there will be cider and other snacks, too, free to participants
- There is a porta-potty on site
- Canal-O-Ween T-shirts will be on sale (sizes may be limited.)
Lots of Rain/Severe Weather?
Please note that the Carve-O-Thon occurs under virtually all weather conditions.
There is a huge tent to protect folks from rain, but please dress and prepare accordingly for precipitation and temperature! Sometimes things get messy, but it’s all part of the fun! If there is a true weather emergency (such as flooding or a hurricane) we will notify the public.
The Jack-O-Lantern Stroll™:
When: In 2018 the Stroll will kick off on Sunday October 28th and go through Saturday Nov. 3rd.
Where: The Delaware Canal Towpath, leading north from the East Afton Avenue Bridge to the end of the paved road (North Edgewater Avenue), approximately 1/4 mile.
Imagine strolling along the beautiful Delaware Canal through the historic Borough of Yardley, PA on a crisp fall day around Halloween. As dusk settles in, hundreds of carved Jack-O-Lanterns flickering with warm light guide your way forward for over a quarter of a mile. It’s an old-fashioned, low-tech, magical way to celebrate Halloween and All Souls Day. Join us!
Night comes quickly and it gets very dark. A couple of tips to make your experience more pleasant:
- Please lock your cars behind you
- Wear comfortable shoes
- And if you wish to bring a flashlight, please cover it with red cellophane. This provides adequate light without disrupting the magical nighttime experience of the glowing Jack-O-Lanterns.
Vehicles are permitted to park at the at PECO Substation at Morgan & Fuld Avenues (look for signs and see map, below). Cars/vehicles MUST park parallel to the canal. Note: DO NOT PARK WITH THE NOSE OR TAIL OF YOUR VEHICLE FACING INTO THE CANAL.
Parking on Morgan Ave. between Maple Ave. and Brown St. will be limited to one side. There will be no parking on Maple Ave. Please look for signage.
This event is to be enjoyed by foot, wheelchair, or stroller. Vehicular access is limited to residents only. If you are driving in the area please remember to look out for pedestrians. Friends and neighbors coming out to view the pumpkins please use the sidewalks and crosswalks in the downtown.
There is also free public parking downtown! Why not grab some food and beverage before or after your Canal-O-Ween visit and then walk over to the canal for the Stroll!
Team Canal-O-Ween is working hard to make sure that this free community event stays accessible, fun and magical.
To help out with the Carve-O-Thon, please go HERE.
To help out with the Jack-O-Lantern Stroll, please go HERE.
To help out with the Pumpkin Pick Up to finish up Canal-O-Ween, please go HERE.
We couldn’t make Canal-O-Ween possible without the following awesome sponsors who not only help us keep the event free to the public, but are just great fans of it as well!.
Giant Pumpkin Sponsor:
Bucks County Community College
Bucks Ship & Print, Nottingham Insurance, Shop Rite of Yardley, McCaffery's Market
Pumpkin Sponsors: Ken's Lawn Service, Jeno Seitz, Sculptor
Carve-O-Thon Sponsors: Appleton Photography, Yardley Business Association, The Pink Daisy, LECK, Comfortfood and Kitchenette
Nights’ Lighting Sponsors: Yardley Inn, Grand Affair Party Rentals, The Continental Tavern, T. Foster and Co. Fine Jewelers, Vault Brewery, Pretty Bird Coffee, Canal Street Grille