Auburn's 26th annual Pumpkin Carve to light up Dudley Courtyard Oct. 31

Published: October 21, 2014
Updated: October 22, 2014
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The glow of more than 400 jack-o-lanterns will illuminate the courtyard of Auburn University's Dudley Hall on Friday, Oct. 31, as students from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction hold the 26th annual Pumpkin Carve.

Family activities will begin in the morning with a kids' costume parade at 11 a.m. A college costume competition will be held at 11:30 a.m., and Aubie will show up for photos at noon. Lunch and dinner include Halloweiners and a dessert cookoff. Beginning at 3 p.m., pumpkins will go on sale for the public and other activities including carnival games, a prize raffle, face painting and “Pie-a-Professor” will take place throughout the afternoon.

At 6 p.m., pumpkin carving by students from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction will end, and the pumpkins will be illuminated. The pumpkins, many with intricate designs and current event themes, will be judged based on creativity, appearance and craftsmanship by judges from the local community and the College of Architecture, Design and Construction.

A children's costume contest will take place at 6:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m., winning pumpkins will be announced and prizes awarded. At 8 p.m., the winning pumpkins will be auctioned to benefit the American Institute of Architecture Students, or AIAS. Other carved pumpkins will be available for purchase for a minimum donation of $5 with those proceeds also benefitting the AIAS.

The Dudley Courtyard is located between Dudley Hall and Dudley Commons, which is adjacent to the Graves Amphitheatre on the Auburn University campus. After 5 p.m., visitors can park in the new South Quad Parking Deck on Lem Morrison and and Duncan Drives.

For the Pumpkin Carve 2014 schedule of events, go to: The day's events will be streamed on the AIAS Facebook page at:

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