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Pumpkinville produces smiles at Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City

Pumpkinville takes place every day from now until Oct. 31 at Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Modified: October 20, 2012 at 7:35 pm •  Published: October 21, 2012

“Orange?” her mom replied.

“Oh you're right! Orange is missing! How do you make that?” Kaitlyn said.

“It's yellow and red,” the mom said, and started a paint mixture for her daughter in an empty cup. “See, we mix these together and now we're going to have orange paint.”

Mission presumably accomplished, Kaitlyn glanced back at her paint choices on the table: “OK, now what color is missing? Red!”

Mom: “We don't have red because we just mixed it with yellow, Kaitlyn.”

Kaitlyn: “Well, now we need to make red!”

Next to the Zabrockis, Braylon Page, 6, of Moore, glued the last of three plastic eyes onto his “vampire” pumpkin.

Complete with fangs, Page's pumpkin would be a true bloodsucker, he said.

“I'm going to name it Bunnicula,” he said. “And I'm going to put it on my table in my room.”

Bill Little, a retired Air Force colonel from Oklahoma City, did his best all morning to keep the young painters in line.

A volunteer at the botanical gardens, Little, 82, said he usually works as a tour guide. Playing with kids and families in the sunshine, he said, was a nice change of pace.

“I love just seeing all the kids have a good time, but they're like herding cats,” he said. “They don't herd very well, and kids don't either. They kind of go their own way.”

Little, who raised three sons and now boasts four grandchildren, said activities such as Pumpkinville are what make a family — and a community — great.

“You keep them busy, that's the secret to good kids — you keep them busy,” he said.

Pumpkinville takes place every day between now and Oct. 31 at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. In addition to pumpkin decorating and other crafts, the setup includes a hay maze, a “corn toss” game, chomping for apples and story times scheduled throughout the day. Upcoming highlights include “Make-A-Scarecrow Sunday” from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday and a Pumpkinville Halloween Party for children from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27.

For more information, call 297-1528.