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Festival Themes

Each year, the Morton Chamber of Commerce selects a special theme for the Morton Pumpkin Festival. Festival themes are voted on by the general public while taking the annual Pumpkin Festival Survey in September. The top festival theme choices are then taken to the Pumpkin Festival Oversight Committee and the Morton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the final selection. Themes are announced in February during the Morton Chamber of Commerce Annual Meet Up.

Many of the Pumpkin Festival events and activities including the Parades, Pageants, Entertainment, Competitions, and Opening Ceremonies incorporate costumes, music, and other elements in celebration of the annual theme.

*The use of the phrases “Morton Pumpkin Festival” and “Luck O’ the Pumpkins” are trademarked as the Morton Chamber of Commerce has built a brand or over 50 years in hosting the Morton Pumpkin Festival and each year creates a new theme.  The Chamber partners with businesses to create items to sell during festival and experiences to enjoy around the theme.  We are able to use the success of these Festival items to give back to our community through partnerships with non-profits and a brick & mortar projects. *

Morton Pumpkin Festival Themes

  • 1973 Cinderella Land
  • 1974 Nature’s Harvest
  • 1975 Seeds of Freedom
  • 1976 Freedom’s Harvest
  • 1977 Centennial’s Pumpkin
  • 1978 Happiness is…
  • 1979 It’s a Pumpkin World
  • 1980 Pumpkin Country Round Up
  • 1981 Pumpkin Patch Patriotism
  • 1982 Pumpkin Harvest Harmony
  • 1983 Old Fashioned Pumpkin Picnic
  • 1984 Pumpkin City Fantasy
  • 1985 The Great Pumpkin Circus
  • 1986 Pumpkin Festival Memories, 20 Years of Celebration
  • 1987 Pumpkins Go Hollywood
  • 1988 Pumpkins Go for the Gold
  • 1989 Pumpkins Around the World
  • 1990 We’re Off To See the Pumpkins
  • 1991 Pumpkin Festival XXV
  • 1992 Fairytales on Parade
  • 1993 Pumpkin Paradise
  • 1994 Pumpkin Fiesta
  • 1995 Pumpkin Wonderland
  • 1996 30th Annual Pumpkin Party
  • 1997 Planet Pumpkin
  • 1998 Pumpkins go Prehistoric
  • 1999 Pumpkins Rockin’ & Rollin’
  • 2000 Pumpkins on the Job
  • 2001 A Pumpkin Odyssey
  • 2002 Red, White & Blue in 2002
  • 2003 Pumpkin Safari
  • 2004 Pumpkins Under the Sea
  • 2005 Great Pumpkins in History
  • 2006 40th Pumpkin Birthday Party
  • 2007 Pumpkins Go Hawaiian
  • 2008 Superhero Pumpkins
  • 2009 Christmas in the Pumpkin Patch
  • 2010 Pumpkin Splash
  • 2011 Pumpkins Across America
  • 2012 Peace, Love & Pumpkins
  • 2013 Pumpkin Carnivale
  • 2014 Pumpkins of the West
  • 2015 Pumpkins of the Caribbean
  • 2016 Golden Pumpkin: A Celebration of 50 Years
  • 2017 Das Pumpkin
  • 2018 S'more Pumpkin
  • 2019 Luck O' the Pumpkins