Pumpkin Man made sure the youngsters at the Philadelphia Charter School for Arts & Sciences had a fun pre-Halloween experience.
The 300 or so pupils in kindergarten and first grade and those who have special needs refer to facility manager Matt Wasco as Pumpkin Man, since he has designed a pumpkin patch in the side yard of the school, at 1197 Haworth St. in Northwood, for the last 10 years.
Wasco had a lot of help this year from Stan Woloff, of Advantage Industrial Supply, who sponsored the pumpkin patch.
The patch was open last Friday. It was filled with pumpkins, flowers, decorations, cornstalks, a scarecrow and haystacks.
The kids chose a pumpkin and painted it. They enjoyed caramel apples and bags of cookies, pretzels and potato chips.
The children presented Wasco and Woloff, who was accompanied by his wife Judy, with thank you cards.
Principal Judy Taggart said the K-8 school, formerly known as H.R. Edmunds, has a full schedule of Halloween-related events this week, such as Superheroes Day, Twins Day (two kids dress up in similar costumes), Wacky Wednesday, Trunk or Treat and Color Day. ••