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Stark Raving Pumpkin Carving Competition

Stark Raving Pumpkin Carving Competition

It’s Fall, y’all, and the UM Museum is getting festive this Halloween! Enter the UM Museum’s first ever pumpkin carving contest for a chance to win prizes and be featured on our social media! Fun for all ages! 

Here’s How:

  1. Pre-register here by Friday, October 23.

  2. BYOP (Bring your own pumpkin)! Obtain a pumpkin of appropriate size and beauty to be worthy of your artistic skills.

  3. Carve or paint said pumpkin into a creative masterpiece.

  4. Deliver your pumpkin to the Walton-Young House!

Pumpkins will be displayed on the Walton-Young House front lawn all Halloween Weekend! Spectators are encouraged to stop by or drive-thru to check out our ‘Haunted’ Historic House and our contest entries. Please remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing! 

Winners announced on social media on Saturday, October 31
May the best pumpkins win!

Entry Fee: $3 members, $5 non-members
Pre-registration is required
Registration closes Friday, October 23



  1. Pre-register by Friday, October 23.

  2. Pumpkins may be carved, painted, or sculpted.

  3. Must be family friendly.

  4. Pumpkin must be dropped off to the Walton-Young House. Drop off will be contactless 

Contact Stacy Bell at for further details.