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Wake Forest's Project Pumpkin celebrates 20 years of magic


September 25, 2008

Nearly 2,500 children from 40 community agencies have been invited to join the 20th anniversary of Wake Forest University’s “Project Pumpkin,” a Halloween celebration from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. October 28 on Hearn Plaza between Wait Chapel and Reynolda Hall.  The theme for this year’s event is “20 Years of Magic,” an anniversary celebration with a fantasy theme. 

Interviews and morning show segments with Project Pumpkin organizers and participating agency representatives can be arranged.  At 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.

The event was started by a Wake Forest student in 1989 and is sponsored by the university’s Volunteer Service Corps.  It is designed to provide a safe haven for Halloween fun for children invited from different Winston-Salem agencies.  It is not open to the general public.

Entertainment in past years has included the “mad science” show sponsored by the chemistry and physics departments and English majors reading scary stories.  Students from the Wake Forest comedy troop the Lilting Banshees will perform, along with a wide variety of musical groups ranging from a capella to gospel.  Wake Forest’s Demon Deacon will be there to cheer the kids on as they collect candy.  Student organizations and academic departments will sponsor carnival games, face painting, haunted houses and other entertainment.  

“We predict that over half of campus will dress up in costume to escort our visiting children through residence halls for trick-or-treating,” says Madeline Simpson, a Wake Forest senior and this year’s Project Pumpkin coordinator. 

Food Lion, a long-time supporter of the event, will donate candy.

Planning for Project Pumpkin began early last spring.  Wake Forest students have been visiting participating agencies since September, in order to interact with children before they arrive on campus.  “During these ‘agency plunges’ students have been working with the children on art projects, artistically interpreting our fantasy theme and molding their wildest visions into decorations for our quad,” says Amanda Schwartz, a Wake Forest senior and agency plunge chair.

Wake Forest’s Volunteer Service Corps regularly serves the community through events such as Project Pumpkin, tutoring, mentoring and international service trips.

To arrange coverage, contact Audrey Fannin at 336-758-5237.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Wake Forest student at previous years' Project Pumpkin.
Wake Forest student at previous years' Project Pumpkin.
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