This Dayton Halloween tradition, featuring hundreds of glowing pumpkins, returns in 2017

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This Dayton Halloween tradition, featuring hundreds of glowing pumpkins, returns in 2017

A Dayton Halloween tradition more than two decades old is back. 

The Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow, which draws thousands of local residents, was cancelled in 2016 -- but according to a Facebook event page, the event is back on this year.  

According to the page, it will take place Oct. 30-31 on Stoddard Ave. in Dayton’s Grafton Hill neighborhood.

The glow is 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. both days. 

More than 850 pumpkins were carved for the event in 2015, which was organized by Stoddard Avenue resident Judy Chaffin, "The Pumpkin Lady," and her neighbors, family and friends on a hill near the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

 Chaffin started carving pumpkins and displaying them on the hill  in about 1994. What started as 50 pumpkins grew into a phenomenon for visitors as far away as Canada.  

The story of a local man proposing to his girlfriend at the 2013 glow received international attention.

This story contains original reporting on the Stoddard Avenue Pumpkin Glow by Amelia Robinson.

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