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Show off your pumpkin carving chops at Cary's Great Pumpkin Carve

Posted October 22, 2015

We tried to warn the neighborhood kids about my husband hiding in the bushes with this 'Surprise!' jack-o-lantern, but most didn't take heed. Photo by Dolly R. Sickles.

Here's an addition to our Weekend Plans post ...

Downtown Cary will host the third annual Great Pumpkin Carve on Saturday. During the event, which runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, families can purchase a pumpkin in the event's patch and then take it to a table to carve. Pumpkins will be on sale for $3 to $5. Carving supplies, ideas and patterns will be supplied for free at each table.

For those tired of the same old pumpkin carving, there also will be two 3D carving classes for adults and teens. No experience is necessary for that one. It's recommended for ages 13 and up, but Sarah Schubert, Cary program specialist who is organizing the event, tells me that parents with younger children take the class and their kids love seeing what they came up with.

Schubert tells me that pre-registration is encouraged for the 3D carving classes, but not required. To register, email The classes run about an hour and are free with the purchase of a $5 pumpkin.

Once the pumpkins are carved, the public can enter them in a contest to win a Halloween prize.

The day ends with pumpkin lighting and judging, followed by outdoor screenings of family-friendly Halloween TV specials - “It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Casper’s Halloween Special” outdoors. The screenings also are free. Be sure to bring chairs or a blanket to sit on.

Here's the schedule for Saturday:
2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Pumpkin Patch and Carving Stations
2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., 3D Pumpkin Carving Instructional
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Pumpkin Lighting and Judging 
6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Family Friendly Halloween TV Specials

It's one of many Halloween events happening in Cary over the next week. The Great Pumpkin Carve takes place at 135 W. Chatham St., Cary.

Our Halloween and fall fun database has more seasonal activities!


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