The Arboretum at Penn State

Pumpkin Festival

Our Pumpkin Festival takes place in October and features a pumpkin giveaway, jack-o’-lantern contest, lighted jack-o’-lantern display, and family activities. Volunteers help with event set-up, contest registration, jack-o’-lantern illumination, games and crafts, and more.

2022 Pumpkin Festival Dates

Enter the Jack-o’-Lantern Contest!

  • Pumpkin Giveaway
    Sunday. October 2
    1,000 pumpkins will be given away to contest entrants on Sunday, October 2, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
    Jack-o’-Lantern Drop-Off:
    Friday, October 7, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

See the contest rules.

Enjoy the festival!

  • Friday, October 7
    6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Jack-o’-Lantern Display, Food Vendors
    7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Live Music
  • Saturday, October 8
    3:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    Food Vendors
    3:00 to 8:30 p.m.
    Live Music and Entertainment
    3:00 to 6:30 p.m. Activities and Crafts
    6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Jack-o’-Lantern Display

Special thanks to the Vargo family for making this event possible. Festival parking sponsored by Selma Harris.

Please check back here and on our Facebook page on Saturday, October 8, to find the winners list.

Pumpkin Festival Gallery >