2017 will mark the 9th Annual Pumpkin Trail- already a hugely popular Lubbock tradition held by the City of Lubbock Parks and Rec Department. The Pumpkin Trail features 2,000+ lit carved pumpkins donated by the community on a path that loops around beautiful Clapp Park, the  Lubbock Memorial Arboretum and The Garden and Arts Center. It's pure Halloween magic- and totally kid friendly.

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In my life before being a DJ person, I worked for the Garden & Arts Center and had the pleasure of carving dozens of pumpkins for the GAC's display. Powertools are fun, but you WILL have pumpkin in your hair for days. Also, please don't lose any fingers.

Your carved pumpkins are needed! It's easy- don't carve them before Monday October 16th or they will be a mushy, stank mess. Nobody needs that. Deliver them to Lubbock Memorial Arboretum at 4111 University on Wednesday, October 18th from 8 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. There's a sign, it's easy to figure out.

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If you're part of an organization and you get together and carve 10 or more pumpkins- you get a sign too:

Groups bringing 10 or more pumpkins will have a sign posted along the trail with their name or logo.  Call Hodges Community Center in advance at 806-767-3706 and let us know how many pumpkins you are bringing so we can build towards our goal.  We’ll be broadcasting updates on our Pumpkin Count as we get closer to the event.  We cannot guarantee pumpkin placement together on the trail unless pumpkins are delivered at the same time and marked on the back.

The City is also looking for volunteers to help run the Pumpkin Trail:

We need volunteer groups to help with this year’s Pumpkin Trail for candle lighters, trail guides and counters.  We are also looking for sponsors to help defray the costs of security, parking shuttles and supplies. For more information go to VolunteersSponsorships or call 767-3796!

For more information (including Trail open dates and times) head over to the City's page here.