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Pumpkin Farm Trip

Halloween, a fun American holiday, is celebrated each year on October 31st, and typically ushers in the fall season in Chicago. A favorite tradition for this holiday is to carve pumpkins. In an effort to give international students and their families an opportunity to experience this unique American holiday, OIS hosts its annual Pumpkin Farm Trip every October. Students in attendance learn about the American traditions of pumpkin carving and are able to see midwestern farm animals while experiencing tractor-driven hay rides and many of the customs associated with Halloween in the U.S.

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Pumpkin Farm Trip 2018


On Saturday, October 20 OIS and 120 members of the UIC international community visited Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm in Lockport, IL. The group picked pumpkins, fed farm animals, and some even experienced snow for the first time! It was a true Midwestern fall experience.

To view pictures of the trip, visit the OIS Facebook page.