Stark Raving Pumpkin Carving Competition


The University Museum is wicked excited to host its Fourth Annual Stark Raving Pumpkin Carving Contest on Halloween weekend! Enter for a chance to win prizes and be featured on our social media.

Here’s How:

  1. Pre-register here by Wednesday, October 25th. *Registration opens October 1st.

    Entry Fee: $3 members, $5 non-members, and free for University of Mississippi students 

    Pre-registration is required. Registration closes Wednesday, October 25th.

  2. BYOP (Bring your own pumpkin)! Obtain a pumpkin of appropriate size and beauty to be worthy of your artistic skills.

  3. Carve, paint, or sculpt said pumpkin into a creative masterpiece. Must be family friendly!

  4. Deliver your pumpkin to the Walton-Young House, the yellow historic house next door to the museum, between 9am-1pm on Thursday, October 26th or Friday, October 27th!

  5. VOTE! Pumpkins will be displayed on the Walton-Young House front lawn all Halloween Weekend! Spectators are encouraged to stop by or drive-thru to check out our ‘Haunted’ Historic House. Come cast your vote on our contest entries.  

Award Categories include:

    • Best in show
    • Most Creative
    • Funniest
    • Scariest

Fun for all Ages!
Winners will be announced on social media on Halloween day-
Tuesday, October 31st.
May the best pumpkins win!



  1. Pre-register by Wednesday, October 25th.

  2. Pumpkins may be carved, painted, or sculpted.

  3. Must be family friendly.

  4. Pumpkin must be dropped off at the Walton-Young House on Thursday, October 26th or Friday, October 27th between 9am-1pm. 

 Contact Kassidy Franz at for further details.