a woman taking a picture of illuminated pumpkins on the steps of Old Morrison

Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky.—In what is becoming a Lexington Halloween tradition, hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns are glowing on the steps of Transylvania University’s historic Old Morrison.

The community was encouraged to come out to the fifth annual PumpkinMania lighting and trick-or-treating on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

The public donated carved pumpkins, and the university invited local schoolchildren to participate in a carving contest and put their entries on display alongside the others.

“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.”

The jack-o’-lanterns will remain on display through Halloween night.

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 to campus.