Move over orange; it\u2019s time for a pink takeover this October. The month that\u2019s most commonly associated with Halloween and the change in foliage has become a springboard for breast cancer awareness, and the Trumbull Library wants residents to pay attention and learn how to practice good breast health. That\u2019s why the library is hosting the first annual 50 Shades of Pink Pumpkins event, in partnership with Bridgeport Hospital\u2019s Norma F. Pfreim Breast Cancer Center, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. \u201cIt\u2019s a really cool display that I think will get people thinking about breast cancer \u2014 it will jar the mind and get people to acknowledge this disease and have open conversation about it and the people it affects each and every year,\u201d said Jackie Carlino, the Trumbull Library System\u2019s project coordinator. \u201cI think it\u2019ll be a positive event for the entire community, and it\u2019s a fun way to acknowledge and learn about breast cancer,\u201d she added. Carlino, who said she started planning this project more than six months ago, used a brush to paint all 50 pumpkins \u2014 a task that took her more than three hours to complete. Next year, she wants to have the community pitch in during the painting process. For the first annual event, though, the first 50 registrants will received a complimentary pink pumpkin that they can display at home \u2014 something Carlino hopes catches on around Trumbull\u2019s various neighborhoods. \u201cOur residents look to the library as a meeting place, so it was only natural for us to come up with a way to let people meet during October to celebrate good breast health,\u201d she said. \u201cWe plan to make 50 Shades of Pink Pumpkins an annual event and encourage Trumbull residents to display pink pumpkins as a way to promote October as breast cancer awareness month.\u201d As with any first-time event, Carlino admitted, there\u2019s been a bit of a learning curve. \u201cObviously it\u2019s a play on the book, 50 Shades of Grey, but every pumpkin that\u2019s displayed is a bit different and I think that makes it very personal,\u201d she explained. \u201cPainting all of them was messy, but it actually didn\u2019t take as long as I originally thought. \u201cI didn\u2019t want to have people there all day,\u201d she added. \u201cBut now I know how to do it without there being too much of a mess and without it taking too long \u2014 the best method is definitely using a brush and not spray painting.\u201d Now that the method has been established, people can grab a brush and paint a pink pumpkin when October rolls around in 2016. \u201cIt\u2019s the first year, so we didn\u2019t know what to expect,\u201d Carlino said. \u201cWe\u2019ve never done something of this magnitude for breast cancer awareness month \u2014 this is a very conscious effort to get a lot of people involved.\u201d In addition to the 50 pink pumpkins on display in the library\u2019s lobby, the free event will include pink-colored refreshments, an area to take photos with the pink pumpkins, and a talk with Nancy Church, the breast care center\u2019s community education coordinator. \u201cI always wanted to put on a major breast health event, and that\u2019s why when I started six months ago, this was one of the first items I put on my agenda,\u201d she said. \u201cAnd I think it\u2019s something that will click with the community,\u201d Carlino added. \u201cI mean what\u2019s there not to like about a pink pumpkin? More information To learn more about the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center\u2019s corporate wellness programs or to schedule an information session for your group or company, call 203-255-5300 or email Nancy.Church@bpthosp.org. Part of Bridgeport Hospital and Yale-New Haven Health System, the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center has served more than 20,000 women and their families since it was established in 1999. One of only 200 sites accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), the center provides a wide range of diagnostic care and treatment at its Bridgeport Hospital and Fairfield locations, including medical oncology, surgical and chemotherapy services, plastic surgery, mammography and radiation therapy, and genetic risk assessment, as well as opportunities to participate in clinical trials. The breast care center office at 111 Beach Road in Fairfield also provides comprehensive women\u2019s wellness services, including nutrition counseling, massage and Reiki therapy, wig and prosthesis fitting, counseling, yoga, Pilates, naturopathic medicine, and other patient support activities. The center also has a satellite office on Park Avenue in Trumbull.