The 8th Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve is back with a twist

Hopewell Valley’s most popular fall event is back with a twist from Wednesday, October 12 through Sunday, October 16 at Woolsey Park, Hopewell Township, NJ. – as a hybrid drive-thru and walk-thru. 

Massive pumpkins carved and electrified by local celebrated artists can be viewed up-close and personal on walk-thru days: Wednesday and Thursday. Then, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, enjoy the Carve in drive-thru style to see the outrageous pumpkins from the comfort of your car. 

Special bonus: on walk-thru evenings, visitors can gather around a fire pit to enjoy s’mores and hear (not too) spooky stories told by members of the Garden State Storytellers League.

“This is a fabulous family event. There’s something for everyone – enjoy the pumpkins up close on Wednesday or Thursday, or stay cozy in your car Friday, Saturday, or Sunday!” said Carol Lipson, HV Arts Council board member. Smiling skulls, goopy ghouls, and even a giant crow are only a few of the cool creatures carved by artists in recent years. 

This event is a major fundraiser for the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Ticket proceeds benefit artist-carvers’ honoraria and fund other Hopewell Valley Arts Council arts-related programs. 

The Carve would not be possible without our growing list of generous sponsors, including Harbat Farms, Capital Health, Northfield Bank, RBC Princeton Financial Partners, the Morehouse Family, and Trap Rock Industries. See the complete list at

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate fall fun in Hopewell Valley while supporting the many talented artists who call this region home. The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is open for five days only: Wed, Oct 12 to Sun, Oct 16 at Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ.

  • Walk-thru hours: Wed, Oct 12, 6pm-9pm and Thurs Oct 13, 5pm to 9pm. Walk-thru tickets: $15/adult, $10/seniors, $5/kids under 18, kids in strollers are free.
  • Drive-thru hours: Fri, Oct 14, 6pm-10pm; Sat, Oct 15, 6pm-10pm; Sun, Oct 16, 6pm-9pm. Drive-thru tickets: $30/vehicle. No oversized vehicles permitted. 

To plan your visit, please visit

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing art awareness and appreciation in the greater Hopewell Valley. We celebrate “art in the everyday” by cultivating all types of creative exploration and artistic expression, and encourage us all to see the beauty inherent in the simple and ordinary parts of day-to-day life. Through community collaborations, events, and art-based initiatives, the HV Arts Council highlights our local talents and enriches the cultural and creative life of our community.

Captions: “Precious Cargo” carved by Matt Derby / “Slurrrp” carved by Barbara DiLorenzo and Jonathan Fisk / “Last Dance” carved by Sarah Bernotas

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