Auburn’s annual Pumpkin Carve to light up courtyard of Dudley Hall Oct. 28

AUBURN – The glow of more than 400 jack-o-lanterns will light up the courtyard of Auburn University’s Dudley Hall on Friday, Oct. 28, as students from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction hold their 23rd annual Pumpkin Carve.

The Pumpkin Carve has grown from a small student competition to a community event that attracts hundreds of people. Each year, visitors are amazed at the traditional Halloween and current event themes that are used by Auburn’s architecture students in the designs for the Pumpkin Carve.

The all-day 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 festival visitors and architecture students begin to create their jack-o-lanterns for the evening’s competition.

Visitors are asked to bring donations of canned food for the Beat Bama Food Drive, as this year’s Pumpkin Carve will again feature AU Canstruction in which students design and build a structure from donated cans of food.

Family activities begin in the morning with Halloween carnival booths, a visit from Aubie from 10 – 10:45 a.m., a children’s costume competition at 11 a.m. and the sale of Pumpkin Carve T-shirts. The public is invited to carve pumpkins beginning at 11 a.m. A college student costume competition will take place at 11:30 a.m. Hallowieners, hamburgers and chili will be on sale for lunch and again at 7 p.m.

At 6 p.m. pumpkin carving by students from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction will end and the pumpkins will be lit. The 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.

At 7:30 p.m., winning pumpkins will be announced and prizes awarded. At 8 p.m., the winning pumpkins will be auctioned to benefit the American Institute of Architecture Students. Other carved pumpkins will be available for purchase for a minimum donation of $5 beginning at 7:30 p.m. with those proceeds also benefitting the AIAS.

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

After 5 p.m., visitors can park in the new South Quad Parking Deck on Lem Morrison Drive and Duncan Drive.

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