Preparation continues this week for Reiman Gardens' annual "Spirits in the Gardens," which features activities, entertainment, candy and a thousand hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns. Pumpkin stenciling occurred last weekend, and volunteer carvers, who began their work Wednesday, will wrap up Friday prior to a 7 p.m. preview at the gardens.
Saturday and Sunday events (Oct. 22-23) run from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly. The first two hours include Simon Says games and performances by ISU's chemistry, cosplay and juggling/unicycling student clubs. All evening, guests can enjoy the jack-o'-lanterns, hologram projections, candy and treats, and a lighted tower at Sycamore Falls. Boy scouts will sell snacks and warm drinks as a fundraiser.
Tickets must be purchased online in advance and cost $15 ($13 for members and ISU students, $7 for youth ages 2-12 years). As of Wednesday, Saturday night was sold out. Tickets remain for the 8 p.m. entry time Friday and the 5, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. entry times on Sunday.