It feels like a flip has been switched and the northern hardwoods are alive with fall color! To add to the hues at Glensheen, we are once again doing the Great Glensheen Pumpkin Hunt.

We have nine pumpkins hidden across the estate and in the mansion as an engaging “eye spy” game. Sometimes we get asked why we do this, but there’s no real reason other than just silly fun for both kids and adults. I guess we can ask, “Why not?”

Using the map, this scavenger hunt also ensures that you explore some of the often missed spaces on the estate. You don’t want to bypass these spots — with or without pumpkins to find!

Once you’ve completed your hunt, go to the Gift Shop (the owl symbol on the map) to claim your small prize!

The second way to hunt is to visit the estate over MEA. Starting Thursday, October 18 and running through Saturday night, Glensheen will be open late — selling tours until 10:00 pm!

As we’ll be open well into the night, we will replace our numbered pumpkins with real hand-carved jack o’ lanterns to light against the darkness!

However, we promise not to let our director, Dan, participate this year. These are the horrifying results from years past captured in a photo essay entitled, “Oh No, Dan has a Knife!”

We hope you’ll be able to make Glensheen and the Duluth area part of your special MEA weekend. It’s a special memory-making time for families and we feel honored to be included in your plans.

Glensheen is a 39-room mansion on the lakeshore of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. It is open for tours daily. For more information on the mansion and estate, the Congdon family or tour options, please visit our TOUR PAGE.