In what is becoming a Lexington Halloween tradition, hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns will soon glow on the steps of Transylvania University’s historic Old Morrison.
The community is encouraged to come out to the fifth annual PumpkinMania lighting and trick-or-treating on Tuesday, Oct. 27, starting at 6 p.m.
The public can donate carved pumpkins, and the university invited local schoolchildren to participate in a carving contest and put their entries on display alongside the others. The school that brings the most carved pumpkins will be recognized at the ceremony, and there will be a drawing for prizes.
“There's no better place to celebrate Halloween in Lexington, than Transylvania University,” said organizer Johnnie Johnson, associate director of admissions, operations. “It's a perfect opportunity for the university and the community to come together for a celebration with music, trick-or-treating, games and, of course, the lighting of hundreds of pumpkins.”
After the jack-o’-lanterns are lit on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m., they will remain on display through Halloween night. To donate one, drop it off in front of Old Morrison on Third Street anytime between Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. and Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.
The public is invited to bring pumpkins to a carving on Sunday from 1-7 p.m. Transylvania will provide tools and stencils.
Also, in keeping with Transylvania’s commitment to sustainability, the school ordered 400 locally grown pumpkins for the event. Overman's Bluegrass Fruits and Vegetables of Lancaster, Ky., delivered them earlier this week.
PumpkinMania, which is a free event, will happen rain or shine.
Transylvania University, located in the heart of downtown Lexington, Ky., is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges by The Princeton Review, which cites its community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through 38 majors and 37 minors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, with nearly 1,100 students.
For more information call 859- 233-8236 or visit transy.edu