Piedmont Arts          

Pumpkin Palooza



Friday, October 28, 2016 • 7 – 10 pm • Piedmont Arts

Tickets just $10 at the door

See photos, costumes and how-to tips on our Pumpkin Palooza Pinterest board

Pumpkin Palooza is a friendly pumpkin carving competition and party for the arts.

Take in the pumpkin-carving action while enjoying Halloween snacks, a cash bar and fun events like a Photo Booth and Mini Pumpkin Decorating.

Event Schedule

5:00 pm — CARVER SET UP
Carvers arrive at Piedmont Arts and set up their carving stations by 7 pm. Teams will use this time to gut your pumpkin and decorate your table.

7:00 pm — READY, SET, CARVE!
Carving begins and guests are welcome to arrive. 90 minutes of furious pumpkin carving
action ensues. In addition to carving, the selfie booth, pumpkin decorating station and cash bar will be open.

8:30 pm — CARVING ENDS / STATION PREP
Carving ends. Carvers prep their stations for judging.

8:45 pm — JUDGING
Judges will make their rounds, scoring each entry.

9:00 pm — WINNERS ANNOUNCED
We'll announce winners and award prizes.
Enjoy music, drinks and food while celebrating until 10 pm.

Enter a Team

Team Fee: $50

Extended Registration Deadline!
Register by Thursday, October 27 at 4 pm


The Pumpkin Palooza carving competition is open to businesses, artists and any group that wants to test their pumpkin carving skills and raise money for the arts in Martinsville-Henry County.

Each team is made up of two to four participants who work together on a single entry that will be judged against the entries of other teams. Teams are encouraged to be creative and think big when planning their pumpkin design. Teams are also encouraged to dress in costume and decorate their tables for a chance at winning the Team Spirit Award.

Prizes for this year’s competition include trophies for first, second and third place in the carving competition; Team Spirit Award – awarded to the team with the most spirit. Attitude, costumes, decorations, etc. will be considered by the judges when choosing a winner; and People’s Choice Award – during the 90-minute carving period, guests can vote for their favorite team. The team with the most votes will win People’s Choice.

All carving teams should download the complete Team Registration Form (PDF) and Carving Rules + Event Schedule (PDF).


To sign up your team, email your info to bmoore@piedmontarts.org.


Pumpkin Palooza Teams