When I was a kid, I loved carving jack-o-lanterns! I’d find the perfect pumpkin, and then cut out 2 triangles for his eyes, another triangle for his nose, and finish off with a crescent moon shaped mouth, giving him a cute, gap-toothed grin. Nowadays, pumpkin carving has grown into an art, with creations far exceeding the beloved Jack-O-Lantern of my youth. Don’t get me wrong, I am not bemoaning the pumpkin’s progress…far from it! I love carving pumpkins even more now and I eagerly look forward to trying out new designs every Halloween. I also love seeing the incredible works of art created by other pumpkin carving aficionados, and lucky for me, there are plenty of places to see such masterpieces this time of year in Texas!
Since I’ll be in Austin the week of October 23 through November 1 for Austin Beer Week, an event celebrating craft beers with tastings, food and beer pairings, contests, special events, etc., I decided to see what pumpkin carving events were in the area. Well, as it happens, I’m in luck, because Austin Beer Week will feature their own pumpkin carving contests during their festival.
Other Pumpkin Carving Events in Austin
On October 24, the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center will be hosting Pumpkin Carving on the Dock, a free, fun-filled event geared to the entire family. Besides pumpkins, there will be food, games, music, face-painting, and a costume contest for the young ones.
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum will be holding its 11th annual Pumpkin Carving Competition on October 25, with prizes for the most amusing, artistic, lovable, and spooky pumpkin carvings. While this annual tradition has been around for many years, it is now part of a new fall festival called Last Straw Fest. In addition to the pumpkin carving contest, Last Straw Fest will also feature a Scarecrow making contest and a haunted garden. Besides being a great way to spend the day, the contest is a worthy event with proceeds benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank.
If pumpkin carving has become a little blasé for you, or if you simply want to add a unique and fun element to your next project, how about trying to create your artwork while submerged underwater? Dive World Austin will be holding their underwater pumpkin carving contest on October 24 from 6:00-9:00 at Windy Point Park in Austin.
These are just a few of the pumpkin carving events in Austin this year. But no matter where you’ll be spending Halloween, I’m sure there’ll be some exciting and enjoyable events in your area, too.