Celebrating the 2022 Pumpkin Festival at The Arboretum at Penn State

On October 7 and 8, The Arboretum held its tenth annual Pumpkin Festival, a community event that offers attendees the chance to enjoy a pumpkin giveaway, a jack-o’-lantern contest, educational programming, arts and crafts, musical performances, and local food trucks. Penn State staff, students, and community volunteers have worked together to grow the Pumpkin Festival into a mainstay fall event and tourist draw. This year’s events were supported by a grant from the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau and the generosity of the Vargo family and Selma Harris.

Gourd display at the Arboretum
Photo credit: Mikey DeAngelis, Penn State student

2022 Pumpkin Festival by the Numbers

  • Nearly 20,000 visitors
  • 880 free pumpkins distributed to the community
  • 640 jack-o’-lanterns returned and displayed at the festival (up 28% since 2021)
  • 250 community and student volunteers logged over 750 service person hours to make the festival happen
  • 18 counties reached through the festival’s marketing
  • 11 student organizations involved
  • 3,100+ cups, or 232 gallons, of hot cocoa and apple cider served to festival attendees
  • 25 pumpkins awarded in the jack-o’-lantern contest
Gourd display
Photo credit: Sarah Lynn DeCarlo, Penn State student

The Arboretum was absolutely magical tonight for the Pumpkin Fest. I’ve (attended) several times in the past, but it felt extra whimsical and alive tonight. Amazing, amazing job by all involved.

— 2022 Festival Attendee

Carved pumpkins glowing in the dark

Did You Know?

  • #1Pennsylvania ranks first among all 50 states in floriculture operations, the flowering branch of agriculture.*
  • Pennsylvania also ranks among the top five states for pumpkin production.*
  • The active cultivation and breeding of pumpkins dates back at least 6,000 years through many cultures. 

*Data provided by the 2021 National Ag Statistics Survey

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Close-up photo of pumpkins