Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023

Join us Oct. 29 for the PumpkinMania Festival!

Transylvania University’s PumpkinMania presented by Buchart + Wachs Orthodontics returns to downtown Lexington with a family-friendly pumpkin carving event Sunday, Oct. 29, and a jack-o’-lantern display each night from Oct. 29‑Nov. 2.

The return of PumpkinMania is made possible this year by the generous support of our sponsors.

The Transylvania and Lexington communities are invited to carve pumpkins Oct. 29 from 11 a.m.‑4 p.m. All pumpkins and carving supplies will be provided. Food trucks will be on site, including:

  • Tikiz
  • Nathan’s Taqueria
  • Piggin Out
  • Travelin’ Tom’s Coffee Truck
  • West Sixth Brewing


Register for a ticket for each member of your party who would like to carve a pumpkin. Individuals can request up to three tickets, and each will be good for one pumpkin. Please arrive at the time your ticket is reserved to ensure you receive a pumpkin for carving. Pumpkins not claimed within the first half hour of the ticket reservation will be released to others for carving.

Tickets are not required to attend the festival and carving but are encouraged to ensure a pumpkin will be reserved for you.


The carving will be in front of Transylvania’s Old Morrison administration building off Third Street.


Parking will be available in the Transylvania lots and on streets surrounding campus. Please read all signs and abide by parking limitations posted by the city.

View the jack-o’-lanterns!

The PumpkinMania display will be lit for five nights — rain or shine — Oct. 29‑Nov 2.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, the Transylvania University Theater Guild will perform “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” at 9 p.m. on the Old Morrison lawn. Come see the lit pumpkins and enjoy free live theater! (In the event of rain, Sunday night’s performance will be moved inside to Coleman Recital Hall in the Mitchell Fine Arts building. Please check @tutheaterguild on Instagram to see if the performance has been moved inside.)

Visit Raf’s tomb during PumpkinMania and register to win a copy of the hardcover book “The Dead of Night” signed by the acclaimed author, Elaine Viets. Released earlier this year, the mystery novel is based on our “cursed crypt.”

On Friday, Nov. 3, the pumpkins will be collected by local farmers and used to feed farm animals — meeting our university’s sustainability goals. 

Thank you to our sponsors:

buchart and wachs orthodontics
hits 106.3 FM
Hound 96.1 FM | Sound of the Hound
The Scout Guide Lexington
Commonwealth Credit Union
Lexington Live Green


Black Soil KY | Our Better Nabure

Celebrate PumpkinMania and Halloween at Transylvania

Beginning Monday, Oct. 23

Tomb Tours with Transy Admissions
Register for a Tomb Tour, a 90 minute tour of campus including a stop at Rafinesque’s resting place

Friday, Oct. 27

Transylvania Music Family Concert
7 p.m., Haggin Auditorium

Saturday, Oct. 28

Field Hockey vs. Depauw
Noon, Pat Deacon Stadium

Volleyball vs. Anderson
2 p.m., Beck Center

Men’s Soccer vs. Defiance (HCAC Tournament)
4 p.m., Pat Deacon Stadium

Women’s Soccer vs. Franklin (HCAC Tournament)
7 p.m., Pat Deacon Stadium

Transylvania Theater Guild presents
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”
7:30 p.m., Coleman Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts

Sunday, Oct. 29

PumpkinMania Festival presented by Buchart + Wachs Orthodonics
11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Old Morrison circle

Tour Rafinesque’s Tomb
11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Old Morrison circle

Transylvania Theater Guild presents
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”
9 p.m., Old Morrison lawn
Rain location: Coleman Recital Hall, Mitchell Fine Arts building

Monday, Oct. 30 – Thursday, Nov. 2

PumpkinMania jack o‘lanterns will remain lit Monday-Thursday nights.

PumpkinMania Campus Map

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