Oct. 9, 2019. By Shane O’Brien
The All Saints Church Pumpkin Festival is returning for its 33rd year this Saturday.
The event will be held on a stretch of 46th Street, between Queens Boulevard and 43rd Avenue, and is set to kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. It runs until 5 p.m.
The festival will feature street vendors, pumpkin pie and other baked goods, as well as a gift table and children’s crafts.
Past events have seen about a dozen vendors show, offering toys, purses, clothing, and small gift items.
The festival also includes a blessing of the animals ceremony at the All Saints Church, located at 43-12 46th St.
The blessing takes place at 2 p.m. and will be carried out by church vicar Father Gabriel Lamazares.
Attendees can bring their dogs, cats, hamsters, and even turtles to receive blessings. Pet owners typically describe their relationship to their pets after a reading and prayer are done.
The blessing is being carried out as part of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.