Project Pumpkin is a signature student-led community-building event that began in an effort to bring together both the campus and Winston-Salem communities started by Wake Forest student Libby Bell (’93) in 1988.

This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, October 29, 2024, from 3-6 PM on Hearn Plaza.

Since its inception 33 years ago, Wake Forest students, faculty and staff have partnered with multiple local schools and agencies to bring children to the Reynolda Campus and create a fall festival that includes trick-or-treating, entertainment, and educational activities. Around 800 children from local schools and after-school programs attend Project Pumpkin each year.

In addition to providing a fall festival for local children, Project Pumpkin helps raise money to support the Wake Forest University Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School.


Host a booth or chaperone at this year’s event.


Support educational outreach in our community.

Freedom School 2019


Donate directly to the Wake Forest CDF Freedom School.