Auburn’s annual Pumpkin Carve to light up Dudley Hall courtyard Oct. 29

AUBURN – The glow of more than 400 jack-o-lanterns will light up the courtyard of Auburn University’s Dudley Hall on Friday, Oct. 29, as students from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction hold their 22nd annual Pumpkin Carve. Finished jack-o-lanterns will be on view from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The public event, sponsored by the Auburn University chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students, will begin at 9 a.m., as uncarved pumpkins go on sale for $4 for festival visitors and students begin to create their jack-o-lanterns for the evening’s competition. The public is invited to carve pumpkins beginning at 3 p.m.

The price of admission is one can of food for the Beat Bama Food Drive. Food and drinks will be available for purchase beginning at noon.

This year’s Pumpkin Carve will feature a new event, “AU Canstruction,” which begins at 3 p.m. CADC Student Ambassadors will partner with the Committee of 19 to fight the war on hunger and win the Beat Bama Food Drive by designing and building a structure from donated cans of food.

Also beginning at 3 p.m. are activities for children of all ages such as Pie a Professor, Face in Hole Photo Booth, Pin the Tail on the Werewolf and face painting. The children’s costume contest and pictures with Aubie are at 6:30 p.m.

“The Pumpkin Carve has grown from a small student competition to a community event that attracts hundreds of people,” said Dan Bennett, dean of Auburn’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction. “Each year visitors are amazed at the traditional Halloween and current event themes that are used by our students in their designs for the Pumpkin Carve.”

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 6:45 p.m., these pumpkins, many with intricate designs and current event themes, will be judged based on creativity, appearance and craftsmanship. Judges will be university, civic and business leaders from the Auburn-Opelika area.

Awards will be presented at 7:15 p.m., and the carved pumpkins will be available for purchase for a minimum donation of $5 beginning at 7:45 p.m. Proceeds go to the American Institute of Architecture Students.

The Dudley Courtyard is located between Dudley Hall and Dudley Commons, which is adjacent to the Graves Amphitheatre on the Auburn University campus.

For more information about the Pumpkin Carve, go to For the full schedule of events, go to

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Eli Gorman, (256) 682-0501 (, or
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