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One Tank Trip: Jack-O-Lantern Lane

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A lovely jaunt down Jack-O-Lantern Lane. It's a fairy tale version of the sometimes scary holiday. You'll find Jack O Lantern Lane at the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown.

"It's an immersive walk-through experience," explained Jennifer Pors, the museum education coordinator.

Lighting the way are 50 hand-carved pumpkins. They aren't your average carvings. They were created by renowned pumpkin carving artist Ian Fetterman of Easton.

Since it's a science center, most are science-based. There's one with a big "H" for hydrogen, the first element in the periodic table.

"We tried to pick some prominent figures in science, as well as some pop culture references," Pors said.

The pumpkins used are foam and spread out along the lane, which you'll have to follow to find all 50.

Your walk begins in Halloweentown, where residents of Jack-O-Lantern Lane go trick-or-treating. Around the bend, there's a cemetery, and it gets a little darker.

You'll learn something as you explore. Experiment number one looks like a witch's brew. Travel down the not-so-spooky woods and you'll run into bio-luminescent mushrooms and experiment number two.

Map: Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown

"So, the same idea with glow sticks where they are mixing two chemicals together," Pors explained. "This fungus actually makes two chemicals, so they glow in the dark."

It doesn't stay dark for long, though, as you loop around to the pumpkin patch and candy corn field, and there are lollipops that grow across the street.

Experiment number three is a bubbling concoction with sour patch kids, where you'll learn what makes sour candy sour.

It's the science behind Halloween. My kind of Halloween, the less spooky kind.

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