What could be better in the fall than watching a giant pumpkin -- we are talking 1,400 pounds -- fall from the sky and splatter all over The Shops at Perry Crossing parking lot?

The annual Smiley Morning Show Pumpkin Drop, held during most local school districts' fall breaks, this year on Oct. 17, will again be at the Plainfield outdoor lifestyle mall in the parking lot next to Claddagh Irish Pub. The event usually attracts about 500 people, so here are some tips to make the most of this fun, fall event.

Dress in Layers

The event begins at 6 a.m. (before the sun even rises) and concludes at 10 a.m. On a mid-October morning in Indiana, you need to prepare for any type of weather but generally it is chilly and sometimes downright cold.

If you come bundled up, you can take off layers as it warms up.

What Makes It So Fun?Smiley Morning Show Pumpkin Drop

Well for starters, it is an event hosted by the popular Smiley Morning Show, which broadcasts live throughout the event. That alone, makes it a fun event to attend. But beyond that, there is plenty to do for children including bounce houses, balloon artists and giveaways.

In addition, all of the 15-20 vendors will pass out candy, so bring a bag and prepare for an early trick-or-treat activity.

Costumes

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes except masks to help add to the spirit and ambiance.

While costumes are not required, this gives both you and your kids an opportunity to "test drive" this year's costumes to see if you like them.

Pumpkin DropSmiley Morning Show Pumpkin Drop

Two pumpkins are always dropped during the event. The first pumpkin is always smaller and serves as kind of a test run to make sure everything is working properly.

The event culminates with the grand finale, the big pumpkin dropping from the sky. This year's pumpkin exceeds 1,400 pounds and when it hits the pavement and explodes pieces of the pumpkin go everywhere.

Some participants even go out afterward to get a closer look at the pumpkin carnage or in some cases take home a piece of the pumpkin I guess as a souvenir. 

Free Activities

Everything at this event is free. I already mentioned the candy passed out at vendor booths. Those same vendors also have coupons, swag and other items they give away. Organizers provide photo back drops for families to get their picture taken to remember the occasion, which is also free.

I alluded to the cold weather earlier. Well, organizers have that covered, too, by providing free hot drinks to help keep guests stay warm throughout the event.