On October 25, Wake Forest held one of their signature events, “Project Pumpkin”, where children from the surrounding Winston-Salem community were invited to Hearn Plaza for a fun afternoon of trick or treating and games. Project Pumpkin is a favorite event for students, children, parents, and faculty alike as it brings together all of the community for an afternoon of fun and celebration.
The event was started in 1988 to bring together the campus and Winston-Salem communities. It’s developed into Wake Forest’s signature student lead service event that includes over 1,000 children from local schools. This provides a safe and fun environment for kids and students to experience various activities.
Student groups had a great time organizing games and handing out candy to the kids. Students and faculty put a lot of creative effort to make their tables and costumes the best out there, and it definitely paid off! It was a fun afternoon that included carnival games, trick-or-treating, music, performances, and more.
One activity that was definitely a favorite was the Outdoor Pursuits kayak ride, where they put wheels on kayaks and took kids for rides across the quad. In addition, attendees enjoyed free donuts at the food truck, haunted houses, and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon hayride, all of which were loved by all.
The theme for this year was “heroes vs villains”, so half of Hearn plaza was dressed as heroes while the other half was dressed as villains. In addition, attendees enjoyed performances from the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black marching band, Chi Rho, Deacon Dhamaal, and various dance teams and a capella groups.
Students got creative with costumes, popular ones including animal onesies and of course, superheroes and villains.
Overall, everyone had a great experience at Project Pumpkin, and we are all looking forward to a fun and rewarding experience next year!