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Pumpkin Carving Competition

Keele University
Monday 25 October 2021
midnight - 2pm

This event is run by KeeleSU

It's spooky season, and that means it's time to carve some pumpkins!

We'll be accepting entries from Monday 25th October until 2pm on Friday 29th, with winners being announced later that day. Simply take a picture of your pumpkin and email it to with a description of your design. Don't forget to let us know which category you're entering!

Early in the week we'll be giving away pumpkins for FREE in the Keele SU building. Dates and times have yet to be determined, but we anticipate we'll run out of pumpkins fast so keep your eyes peeled!

Prizes have yet to be anounced. Watch this space!


Competition categories are as follows:

Sports Clubs & Societies

Carve your pumpkin to represent a club or society that you are part of to be in with a chance of winning a prize for the whole group to enjoy

Campaigns & Awareness

Pumpkin Carving can be a fun and quirky way of raising awareness for a cause. Why not use your pumpkin to promote something you care about?

Novelty & Film

Traditionally carved pumpkins can be funny, spooky or frightening! Whether you're a novice or an expert, this category has something for everyone.

The Keele Community

We have a beautiful campus filled with great memories and quirky individuals. Why not carve your pumpkin to represent your favourite part of the Keele community?

Staff Category

Of course, we wouldn't leave out all the brilliant staff across Keele  who help make everything possible! This category is open to any member of staff at Keele who would like to join in with the fun and be in with a chance of winning a prize, alongside eternal pride and glory amongst your colleagues.


Don't let your pumpkin go to waste!

Every year we throw 8 million pumpkins away after Halloween. That's about 18,000 tons of wasted food that could have been turned into something delicious! This is a frightful figure, so make the most of your pumpkin this spooky season!

With the help of some of our societies, last year we pulled together some recipes to help you use the insides of your pumpkin. These will be published soon!

Once Halloween is over and you're ready to dispose of your pumpkin, try to compost it or donate it to a local farm to be used as food. If you live off-campus, look out for the food waste collection service run by the local council.

Please don't leave pumpkins outside after Halloween; not only do pumpkins attract rats but they can also harmful to our campus wildlife - including endangered species such as hedgehogs!

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