Arboretum Jack-o'-Lantern contest approaches

UNIVERSITY PARK – One of the most popular Halloween traditions is back for another year.

It’s the Aboretum at Penn State’s Jack-o’-Lantern Contest.

This year, the contest will be held on Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14. Want to participate? Well, you can – and it’s easy!

There will be a free pumpkin pickup from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Arboretum – while supplies last. You may supply your own pumpkin to enter in the contest.

There are some rules those participating should be aware of:

Each participant is allowed one entry.

The entry may only be composed of parts of a single pumpkin.

No foreign objects may be used in the construction of carved pumpkins (examples: toothpicks, glue, yarn, pins, leaves and flowers).

Decorated but uncarved pumpkins may be entered by children in the age 2-4 and age 5-7 categories only.

Here are the entry categories – ages 2-4, ages 5-7, ages 8-10, ages 11-13, ages 14-17, Penn State student and adult.

Each pumpkin must have a hole of sufficient size (minimum 4 inches in diameter) to enable the Arboretum staff to illuminate it with a battery-operated candle from the inside. Those participating may not supply their own lighting devices.

The pumpkins will be on display for two days. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in the following categories – Best in Show, Best Arboretum Theme, Best Penn State Theme and Best Traditional Jack-o’-Lantern Face.

The Arboretum recommends carving Jack-o’-Lanterns the day before entering it in the contest to maintain freshness for judging.



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