Project Pumpkin: Sharing the community spirit

Project Pumpkin moved indoors to Reynolds Gymnasium due to rain, but spirits weren’t dampened as trick-or-treaters enjoyed “Under the Sea” themed booths and games along with performances from various student groups and dance teams.

Since 1989, Wake Forest University students have partnered with local agencies to bring children to campus for Project Pumpkin, an annual Halloween festival that provides a safe environment for trick-or-treating and carnival games.

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This year’s event was held Oct. 28.

“Project Pumpkin embodies the Pro Humanitate spirit,” said Head Pumpkin Lydia Pappas, a senior politics and international affairs major from Atlanta, Ga. Pappas said the event connects Winston-Salem and surrounding communities with the University.

J.T. Muller, a senior health and exercise science major from Allentown, Pa. said Project Pumpkin provides a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating, and that’s exactly why he volunteers.

“Kids love to dress up and trick-or-treat and it makes us happy to see them,” Muller said.

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