Pumpkin Carving for Spirits in the Gardens

Start the fall off right with pumpkin carving at Reiman Gardens!

Check back in early fall for 2021 event information!


Volunteers are needed this October! Every year, hundreds of jack o’ lanterns are featured throughout the Gardens during our annual Spirits in the Gardens event. Volunteers from around the community make this event so special by stenciling and carving pumpkins with unique designs and creations. Join in the fun this year!

Registration closes 48 hours before each scheduled day. In case of severe weather, this activity may be cancelled. We cannot provide a tent or outdoor heaters for this year’s event. Individuals and groups are welcome. Volunteers must be 13+ years old to carve pumpkins. Space is very limited this year!

After you submit the above form, our Volunteer Coordinator will connect with you to confirm your schedule and to provide you with additional information. All volunteers are asked to adhere to their registered check in and out times to allow staff time to clean in-between groups. Due to limited scheduling and COVID-19 requirements (see below), we cannot guarantee that the dates and times you select will be available. Volunteers will be registered for this event in the order in which they are received.

If you would like to sign up a group of volunteers (10+) for this event, please contact our Manager of Volunteer Engagement, Taylor Woodcock, at woodcock@iastate.edu.

To ensure that we have a fun and safe event for all volunteers this year, we plan to incorporate many safety features for this outdoor activity, which includes:

  • All volunteers should wear a face covering while onsite
  • Outdoor volunteer entrance and exit to limit time indoors
  • Limited number of available spaces per time slot
  • Physically distanced stenciling and carving spaces
  • Staff will clean tables, chairs and supplies between each volunteer time slot
  • Outdoor handwashing stations (indoor restrooms will be available)

Pumpkin stenciling and carving resources for volunteers:

Watch a video with pumpkin stenciling instructions. Watch a video with pumpkin carving instructions.











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