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Get your pumpkin on today

It's almost time to get serious about pumpkins -- but Aurora's annual Jack-o-Launch at its Pumpkinfest is pretty much all fun and games. The pumpkin-launching teams are competing to dress weirder and, of course, chuck a pumpkin farther than their competitors. Today's fall festival also features hay rides, a pumpkin patch, live music and more; it runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic DeLaney Farm, 170 South Chambers Road, and it's all free. Visit for information.

If you didn't find a pumpkin in Aurora, head to the Botanic Gardens at Chatfield for the annual Pumpkinfest, where you can select the perfect gourd from an 8.5-acre patch, plus take ghost tours of the historic, circa 1860s homestead and check out a new children's play area called Deer Creek Discovery. It runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, and costs $5 for adults, $3 for kids, $4 for member adults and $2 for member kids -- but kids in costume get in free. Bring some extra cash for your pumpkin! The Gardens are at 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton; for more info, visit

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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