Auburn University’s 25th annual Pumpkin Carve to light up Dudley Courtyard Oct. 25

Auburn University holds 25th annual Pumpkin Carve
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The glow of more than 400 jack-o-lanterns will light up the courtyard of Auburn University’s Dudley Hall on Friday, Oct. 25, as students from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction hold the 25th annual Pumpkin Carve.

Family activities will begin at noon with T-shirts going on sale and visitors having a chance to “Pie a Professor.” Halloweiners will be sold for lunch at noon and again at 5 p.m., when there will also be a chili cook-off. Starting at 3 p.m., pumpkins will go on sale for the public and activities such as carnival games, a prize raffle and face painting will be offered.

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.

This year’s judges will include Auburn University President Jay Gogue and two architecture professors who started and have influenced Pumpkin Carve through the years, Tarik Orgen and Scott Finn.

A children’s costume contest will take place at 6:30 p.m. 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 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. After 5 p.m., visitors can park in the new South Quad Parking Deck on Lem Morrison Drive and Duncan Drive.

The day’s events will be streamed on the AIAS Facebook page at: More information about the pumpkin carve can be found at:

(Contributed by Stephanie Bond.)

Contact: Adam Levet, College of Architecture, Design and Construction, (504) 495-2111 (, or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (