Pumpkin Carving for Spirits in the Gardens

group of young adult volunteers smiling while carving pumpkins

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

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to stencil, gut, and carve pumpkins with us for our annual Spirits in the Gardens event! Because of them, we were able to successfully complete over 1,100 unique jack-o’-lanterns!

Volunteer to help us prepare for Spirits in the Gardens 2022!

Individuals and groups are invited to help Reiman Gardens prepare for our annual Spirits in the Gardens event. Leave your mark on Iowa’s largest collection of jack-o-lanterns! 

Pumpkin Stenciling & Carving

Autumn Gardens and Grounds Prep

Spirits in the Gardens Event

outdoors at Reiman Gardens during Spirits in the Gardens event with carved jack o lanterns
group of volunteers planting in Sycamore Falls in spring outdoors at Reiman Gardens during Spirits in the Gardens event with a candy slide with people dressed in costumes
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Help us prepare jack-o-lanterns for Spirits in the Gardens! Help the horticulture team prepare the gardens for fall/winter and prep the grounds for Spirits! Play games with kids, pass out candy, wayfinding and directions, and check-in/tickets.
Stenciling Pumpkins: Friday, October 14-Sunday, October 16 Monday, October 10-Friday, October 21 (except Sunday); mornings and afternoons  
Carving Pumpkins: Wednesday, October 19-Friday, October 21    
Gutting Pumpkins: Wednesday, October 19-Thursday, October 20    



Email rgvolunteer@iastate.edu with any questions or concerns.


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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Stenciling Instructions: 印模板的步骤, 스텐실링지침, الستنسل, دستورالعمل برای شابلون (الگو), ИНСТРУКЦИЯ НАНЕСЕНИЯ УЗОРА ПО ТРАФАРЕТУ, Stencil di zucca, SCHABLONEN-MAL-ANLEITUNG, LES ÉTAPES POUR POUCHOIR VOTRE CITROUILLE, Instruções para Estêncil, Instrucciones para el colorear, CÁCH TÔ THEO MẪU

Carving Instructions: 刻南瓜的步骤, 조각 지침, تعليمات النحت, دستورالعمل کنده کاری, ИНСТРУКЦИЯ ПО РЕЗЬБЕ ПО ТЫКВЕ, SCHNITZANLEITUNG, LES ETAPES POUR SCULPTER UNE CITROUILLE, Istruzioni per l’intaglio, Instruções para esculpir a abóbora, Instrucciones para el tallado, Cách Khắc Bí Ngô