Advisory: Wake Forest students preparing Halloween fun for area children
October 19, 2009
Wake Forest University’s Project Pumpkin will provide an afternoon of Halloween fun with a Hawaiian theme for more than 1,000 Winston-Salem area children from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 on the university’s Hearn Plaza. The theme of the 21st annual Project Pumpkin is “Aloha Halloween.”
Numerous community agencies selected the children for this year’s Project Pumpkin, which is organized by Wake Forest students and sponsored by the university’s Volunteer Service Corps.
Interviews and morning show segments with Project Pumpkin’s student organizers and participating agency representatives can be arranged. Students will begin decorating Hearn Plaza early in the morning on Oct. 27. In the afternoon, members of the media must check in at the media table in front of Wait Chapel to receive a press kit from student volunteers and find out which children cannot be photographed. Student organizers for Project Pumpkin are available throughout the day.
Started by a Wake Forest student in 1988, Project Pumpkin is organized by the chairs of 12 committees who recruit nearly 1,000 student volunteers to sell T-shirts, create the decorations that transform Hearn Plaza into a Hawaiian beach, schedule entertainment, publicize the event and organize carnival booths.
“Wake Forest students are willing to spend months preparing for Project Pumpkin because it is the most eagerly anticipated event of the fall semester,” said David Wurtzbacher, this year’s student chairman.
In order to entertain children beyond trick-or-treating, student organizations and academic departments sponsor carnival games and haunted houses, while volunteers dress up as clowns and offer face painting. Hundreds of students personally escort all of the children through the festivities.
There will be live entertainment featuring student musical groups, such as Chi Rho, Minor Variation, and Innuendo, and a “Mad Scientist” show by the chemistry and physics department. Athletes from the Wake Forest sports teams will also make appearances.
Throughout the month of October, Wake Forest student volunteers visit agencies to get the children excited for Project Pumpkin. The volunteers engage the children in a beach-themed craft, which will be part of the decorations throughout Hearn Plaza on the day of the event.
Food Lion, a long-time chief supporter of Project Pumpkin, donates thousands of pieces of candy and hundreds of apples to be distributed to the children. Project Pumpkin also seeks donations from local business in exchange for on-campus advertising during the event.