Photo: Whitney Curtis.

Student Pumpkin Carving Contest and Glow

October 30, 2020
Stairs outside Steinberg Hall (facing Forsyth Blvd.)


On Friday, October 30, the Sam Fox School will host a Student Pumpkin Carving Contest and Glow! Pumpkins will be available for pickup, or you can bring your own. The School will provide candles for the glow. You must sign up to receive a free pumpkin. Four prizes will be awarded, including a People’s Choice award. Supplies are limited so be sure to reserve your pumpkin early through this link>>

Students must provide their own carving tools. Get creative. Consider using spoons, forks, knives, exacto, props—whatever makes your pumpkin unique. Students should only use tools that they are comfortable with and trained to use. 


There were a total of 31 entries in the Sam Fox School's inaugural Pumpkin Carving Contest and Glow. The winners are featured below; thanks to everyone who participated in this event, including guest judges Igor Marjanović (JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor) and Aggie Toppins (associate professor). Additional coverage of the event is available on Facebook.

Odette James Pumpkin
First Place: Undergraduate architecture student Odette James (bottom pumpkin), recipient of a $75 Amazon gift card.

Nozaki-Yang Pumpkin
Second Place
: Undergraduate architecture students Natsuko Nozaki and Yuwei Yang (bottom-right pumpkin), recipients of a $50 Amazon gift card.

Barany Pumpkin
Third Place
: MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture student Stephen Barany, recipient of a $25 Amazon gift card.

Leonard Pumpkin
People's Choice:
Undergraduate art student Lily Leonard, recipient of a $75 Amazon gift card.

Pumpkin Pickup

Thursday, October 29, 2-4p in Etta’s Café (Steinberg Hall)
Friday, October 30, 2-4 p in Etta’s
Café (Steinberg Hall)

Pumpkin Carving Submissions

Friday, October 30, 5-6p, Stairs outside Steinberg Hall (facing Forsyth Blvd.)

Glow and Judging: Friday, October 30

6:15p Special guest judges will evaluate the pumpkins on the stairs outside Steinberg Hall (facing Forsyth Blvd.)

7p Winners will be announced for first, second, and third place. Pumpkins will remain on display throughout the evening. The People's Choice online voting will open on Friday night and continue throughout the night (details forthcoming), with a winner announced on Halloween!


First Prize: $75 Amazon Gift Card
Second Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card
Third Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card
People's Choice Award: $75 Amazon Gift Card

Questions? Contact Kim McCabe at