Wake Forest students to provide Halloween fun ‘Under the big top’
October 2, 2006
Wake Forest University will invite more than 1,500 children from more than 40 community agencies to celebrate “Under the Big Top” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 on Hearn Plaza (Quad) for the university’s annual Project Pumpkin event.
The event is designed to provide a safe alternative to Halloween. Following the “Big Top” theme, Hearn Plaza will be transformed into a circus extravaganza.
Student organizations and academic departments will sponsor carnival games, face painting and other activities. Costumed student volunteers will escort children to activities and through residence halls for trick-or-treating. Food Lion, a long-time supporter of Project Pumpkin, will donate candy for all children.
Entertainment will include a “mad scientist” show, haunted houses and several campus musical groups. A capella groups, including Chi Rho, Minor Variations, Innuendo and the Demon Divas, have committed to perform. Unified Rhythms, WF Tappers and other student groups will also perform.
In the months prior to Project Pumpkin, university students will have visited the participating agencies to interact with the children. During these “agency plunges,” children will create paper balloons that will be used to decorate the trees on the Quad for the event.
Project Pumpkin was begun by a Wake Forest student 18 years ago and is sponsored by the university’s Volunteer Service Corps. Through events like Project Pumpkin, tutoring, mentoring, and international service trips, the Volunteer Service Corps provides a wide array of service opportunities for students.
Event organizers and volunteers also participate in fundraising activities to help fund Project Pumpkin. At 7 p.m. Oct. 4, various student organizations will participate in a Date Auction to raise money for the event. Each date activity is being sponsored by different community businesses, including Rose’s Deli and Macaroni Grill.
Morning show segments and interviews with Project Pumpkin organizers and participating agency representatives can be arranged. Organizers will begin decorating the Quad at 5 a.m. Oct. 26.
During the event, media representatives must check in at the media table in front of Wait Chapel to receive a press kit and find out which children cannot be photographed.
To arrange coverage, contact Pam Barrett at 336-758-5237.
Note: This is a community service event for children from invited agencies. It is NOT open to the general public.