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Pumpkin House shines a light on music charity The Rovinellis are outfitting their front lawn with hundreds of pumpkins to raise money for AIFEC

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Most family neighbourhoods know that one house where the residents are really into Halloween. Before September is over they’re already setting up in the light of day knowing that in a few weeks, the cover of night and the cloak of costume will transform it into something haunted or simply spectacular.

Casey and Jen Rovinelli own that house. From when they moved into their Glenfern Avenue property in 2010, they began creating large Halloween displays such as a toxic waste dump and a UFO crash landing site. After they had kids, they decided to do something more traditional.

Traditional for them took the form of 140 carved pumpkins. The impressive display drew press attention and positive feedback from the community so the couple decided to do it again the following year for charity, raising money for the Hamilton Food Bank.

“[M]y favorite part [is] just standing up front and seeing everybody looking at the different pumpkins. It’s exciting. I think it’s a nice thing to have in the community that everybody sort of swings by the house, has a look,” explained Casey Rovinelli.

For this its third year, the Rovinellis are decking their house out with 200 pumpkins, donated by Scotlynn Sweet-pac. They’ve recruited the help of about fifteen neighbours to help them carve all the pumpkins the weekend before Halloween.

This year they are collecting donations for An Instrument for Every Child (AIFEC), a key initiative of the Hamilton Music Collective. The music program pairs professional musicians with inner city children and provides instruments, introducing them to creative and improvised music.

I think it’s a great charity because it’s a lean organization, it needs the money…[M]usic is one of those subjects that…[is] the first to get cut… [but] it’s important to building well rounded kids so it’s a nice charity to support. They need the money and they have an immediate impact on the community,” Rovinelli explained.

The house will be lit from Wednesday October 31 to Friday November 2 from 6pm-11pm. While visiting the house is free, donations are appreciated and are being accepted online and in person. Every penny will be donated to AIFEC.

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