The pool at the South Jordan (Utah) Fitness & Aquatic Center will be transformed into a pumpkin patch during the facility's first "Halloween Pumpkin Plunge" tonight. During regularly scheduled open-swim hours between 6 and 9 p.m., the pool will be dyed a "spooky purple," according to promotional materials for the event, and participants will be able to wade into the water and pick out real floating pumpkins. Halloween music, treats and games also will be part of the event.
The nontoxic purple dye, which is clear enough that it will not inhibit views of the pool bottom, is the talk of the facility, according to aquatics supervisor Janell Durtschi. "It has fascinated people," she says. "I have staff who aren't working tonight who want to come in and look at it."
Durtschi has overseen similar events at other facilities - but without the purple water and with larger pumpkins. Tonight's pumpkins, as many as 80 of them, will be small and intended only for young children. Larger pumpkins tend to get mushy the longer they stay in the water. "I didn't want exploding pumpkins all over the place," Durtschi says.