WFU’s Project Pumpkin to commemorate moon landing

Wake Forest students host children from local elementary schools for a Halloween party on the quad during the annual volunteer service event Project Pumpkin, on Hearn Plaza on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

UPDATE: Wake Forest’s Project Pumpkin, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 3 to 6 p.m., has been moved from Hearn Plaza to the Sutton Center due to the likelihood of inclement weather. Media are welcome to attend. Please contact to confirm plans to visit.

More than 800 Winston-Salem children are expected to converge on Wake Forest for candy, fun and a good time during the University’s 31st annual Project Pumpkin festival. The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. on Hearn Plaza.

Media are welcome to attend. Please contact to confirm plans to visit. Check-in will be at the registration table in front of Wait Chapel.

Project Pumpkin is a signature event at Wake Forest and one that Winston-Salem children look forward to every year. Students, staff and faculty work together to provide a carnival-like atmosphere for children, complete with trick-or-treating, games and prizes, educational activities and clowns.

This year, more than 90 student groups are expected to participate in Project Pumpkin. The theme is Planet Pumpkin, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing, and officials hope to educate children about the Space Project at this year’s festival.

“We’ve asked the participating organizations to ensure there’s an educational component to this year’s event surrounding our theme,” said Lovelle McMichael, a graduate assistant in the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, which helps organize this and other community outreach experiences. “It’s fine for the children to come out and get candy, but it’s important for us to make Project Pumpkin an interactive, memorable and educational experience for them.”

New this year, Wake Forest is working to raise $5,000 to support the Freedom School, a program for elementary and middle-school students aimed at strengthening children’s reading skills and closing achievement gaps. Students have set up a website for donations at

Project Pumpkin 2018 Video

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