Media Advisory: Wake Forest University celebrates 25th year of Project Pumpkin

In 1989, a Wake Forest freshman named Libby Bell started a Halloween festival on campus for local children. Twenty-five years later, Project Pumpkin has become a Wake Forest tradition that participating schools and agencies in Winston-Salem look forward to each year. This year, more than 700 Wake Forest student volunteers will welcome children from local agencies to the University for an afternoon of carnival games, trick-or-treating and fall celebration.

Who: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Project Pumpkin, Bell and her children are attending this year’s festival, which will have a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” Golden Ticket theme. “Head pumpkins” or former student chairs have also been invited back to campus for the event. Bell and current Project Pumpkin co-chairs and will be available for interviews.

Wake Forest students will host more than 1,000 Winston-Salem area children from local agencies for Halloween fun.

What: Wake Forest students dressed in Halloween costumes will escort the children around campus to collect candy, make crafts and watch musical performances by student groups.

When: Wed., Oct. 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Hearn Plaza at Wake Forest University

Note: Media representatives must check in at the escort and media table in front of Wait Chapel to receive a press kit and photography guidelines.


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