Project Pumpkin circus fun

The 23rd annual Project Pumpkin Halloween festival provided an afternoon of fun for more than 1,000 Winston-Salem area children.

“The Greatest Show on Earth” themed event was organized by students and sponsored by the Volunteer Service Corps.

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Started by a Wake Forest student in 1988, Project Pumpkin is organized by students, who recruit nearly 1,000 student volunteers from the Wake Forest community. These student volunteers sell T-shirts, create the decorations that transform Hearn Plaza into a circus, schedule entertainment, publicize the event, and organize carnival booths.

In order to entertain children beyond trick-or-treating, student organizations and academic departments sponsor carnival games and haunted houses, while volunteers dress up as clowns and offer face painting. Students personally escort the children through the various festivities.

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