Auburn University to hold 21st annual Pumpkin Carve Oct. 30

AUBURN – Students from Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction will light up the courtyard of Dudley Hall with the glow of more than 400 jack-o-lanterns at the 21st annual Pumpkin Carve on Friday, Oct. 30.

The event, sponsored by the Auburn chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students, will begin at 9 a.m. as pumpkins go on sale for $4 for festival visitors and as students begin to create their jack-o-lanterns for the evening’s competition.

Other activities will include a visit by Aubie from 9:30 a.m until about 11 a.m., the student costume contest at noon and the children’s costume contest at 6 p.m. Food and drinks, including hot dogs, burgers and chili, will be available for purchase. The public is invited to carve pumpkins from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Also during that time there will be face painting, cookie decorating, games and other community activities.

At 6 p.m., pumpkin carving by students from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction will end and the pumpkins will be lit. At 6:30 p.m., these pumpkins, many with intricate designs and current event themes, will be judged based on creativity, appearance and craftsmanship. Awards will be presented at 7 p.m., and the carved pumpkins will be available for purchase for a minimum donation of $5 to American Institute of Architecture Students beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A live video stream of all the day’s activities will be available at

The Dudley Courtyard is located between Dudley Hall and Dudley Commons, which is adjacent to Graves Amphitheatre.

The College of Architecture, Design and Construction offers degree programs in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, community planning, building science, industrial design, graphic design and design-build. The components of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction are annually regarded and ranked among the best in their respective disciplines nationally for the quality of education and quality of students.

Contact: Carol Nelson, (334) 844-4590 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (