All About Pumpkins

Graham’s Great Pumpkin Pursuit – Scavenger Hunt

Dates: October 1 – 25
For All Ages
Cost: Free
Location: Throughout Graham, North Carolina

Join Graham Recreation & Parks, the City of Graham Police Department, and the Alamance County Public Libraries for Graham’s Great Pumpkin Pursuit! This Scavenger Hunt will walk you through the story of Smiley the Pumpkin around the City of Graham to search out hidden pumpkins. Each of the 10 pumpkins along the adventure will have a code word. Collect all 10 code words, submit them online, and be entered into a raffle for the one of several festive fall gift baskets with goodies from around Graham (one per person)! 

The Story of Smiley the Pumpkin

Submit Your Code Words HERE

Get a bonus entry, if you take a picture along your journey and use #GrahamsGreatPumpkinPursuit on Instagram! (Must submit Code Words to receive the bonus entry.) 

All entries are due by midnight on Sunday, October 25. Winners will be announced on Facebook LIVE Monday, October 26 and will also be posted here on the website.

Scavenger Hunt Winners

  • Katelyn Wilson
  • Chase Gonzalez
  • Amanda Miller

Each winner will be contacted via email and may set a time up to meet at the Graham Historical Museum (135 West Elm Street, Graham, NC 27253) to collect their prize!

The Pumpkin Pass-Along – an Online Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Dates: October 1 – 18
For All Ages
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Graham Recreation & Parks and the City of Graham Police Department present the Pumpkin Pass-along, an online pumpkin decorating contest (one entry per person). It’s simple, choose a category, decorate a pumpkin, and submit a photo of your pumpkin online. Winners will receive a festive fall gift basket with goodies from around Graham.

Submit Your Entry HERE 

Categories to choose from will include:
• Silliest Pumpkin
• Scariest Pumpkin
• Best Painted Pumpkin
• Best Carved Pumpkin
• Jury’s Choice Pumpkin

All entries are due by midnight on Sunday, October 18. A jury will select a winner. Winners will be announced on Facebook LIVE Monday, October 26 and will also be posted here on the website.

Don’t have a pumpkin to decorate?

That’s okay too, we will have a limited amount of small pumpkins you can pick up at no charge from the Graham Recreation Center on Tuesday, October 6 from 4-6pm, while supplies last (one per person, must be present). 

Pumpkin Pick-Up (while supplies last, please wear mask)
Date: Tuesday, October 6
Times: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Graham Recreation Center • 311 College Street, Graham, NC 27253
Map to enter & exit the recreation center parking lot

Online Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners

  • Silliest Pumpkin – Samantha Loveday
  • Scariest Pumpkin – Emmanuel D.
  • Best Painted Pumpkin – Julian Mendez Cruz
  • Best Carved Pumpkin – Lauren Alves
  • Jury’s Choice – Titus Anderson

Each winner will be contacted via email and may set a time up to meet at the Graham Historical Museum (135 West Elm Street, Graham, NC 27253) to collect their prize!

Pumpkin Bash

The Downtown Graham Pumpkin Bash, a joint effort put on by the Graham Recreation and Parks & the Graham Police Department, has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. However, we still want our community to enjoy fall festivities and Halloween fun, so we have a few other opportunities for you:

• The Pumpkin Pass-Along – an Online Pumpkin Decorating Contest
• Graham’s Great Pumpkin Pursuit – Scavenger Hunt

Friday, October 30, 2020 CANCELLED for 2020
Times: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
For All Ages
Cost: Free
Location: Downtown Graham around Courthouse Square

The Annual Downtown Graham Pumpkin Bash will take place on the Friday before Halloween! This Halloween Festival is a joint effort put on by the Graham Recreation & Parks and the Graham Police Department. Join us for an evening of games, rides, and fun in a safe location. The event will consist of inflatables, face painters, vendors, a trunk or treat, a climbing wall, a giant fun slide, carnival games, and food trucks!  

As a reminder, smoking, pets, and drones are not allowed at this event.

Rain Date: Friday, November 6, 2020

2020 Food Trucks/Vendors – TBD

2020 Non-Profit Organizations & Businesses with Interactive Booths or Trunk or Treats – TBD

Vendor, Trunk or Treat, & Food Trucks
2020 Vendor & Trunk or Treat Form – TBD
2020 Food Truck Application – TBD

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