The annual and were founded by former Rees Carillon Society Board Member Brenda Poston. These events are inspired by the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Providence, Rhode Island - featuring the talents of professional artists only. Springfield's event differs in that everyone is invited--from students, individuals, families and artists--from the community to participate and carve their own pumpkin at Carve for the Carillon (the second weekend each October). The following Friday and Saturday,more than 2,000 illuminated hand-carved jack-o-lanterns are displayed around the Carillon and the Washington Park Botanical Garden - showcasing carving talents of area residents, artists and District 186 students. Springfield's events are participatory and family-focused. JOLS features special Carillon music, lighting, sound effects, a unique Tree of Lights and food vendors. Fundraising proceeds include corporate sponsorship and admissions. Attendance ranges from 5,000 to 8,000 annually.