Imagine a 150-pound pumpkin carved to look like Edgar Allan Poe. Or turned into a skeleton clawing its way out of a bowl. Now imagine 50 of these giant pumpkins in one place, displayed among the fall fun of the historic Mercer County Howell Living History Farm.

That’s the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s aMAZing Pumpkin Carve, a walk-through exhibition at the Howell Farm Corn Maze in Hopewell Township on Friday through Monday, October 7 to 10, and Friday through Sunday, October 14 to 16.

Last year’s first-time Carve delighted all ages, as thousands marveled at the unexpected creations. This year the Carve will be open two weekends instead of one and the pumpkins promise to be even more elaborate. According to Carol Lipson, Hopewell Valley Arts Council program director, “We had a tremendous response from the artists this year. Having seen last year’s event, they are excited about transforming the pumpkins into works of art. Some artists have been planning this year’s pumpkins since last October!”

During the Carve weekends, there are daily carving demonstrations by artists. Visitors can also take on the Howell Farm Corn Maze, a labyrinthine puzzle that covers 4+ acres with two miles of paths; have fun with farm-related games and activities; and grab a snack at the snack bar.

The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve and the Howell Farm Corn Maze are located at 17 Valley Road in Hopewell Township. Admission to the Carve is $5 for ages 10+; $3 for ages 5-9; and kids under five are free. The Carve is open both Fridays (October 7 and 14) from 5 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays (October 8 and 15) from noon to 9 p.m.; and Sundays (October 9 and 16) from noon to 5 p.m. The Carve is also open on Columbus Day Monday, October 10, from noon to 5 p.m.

The public is also invited to a Pumpkin Preview Party on Wednesday, October 5. This adults-only, ticketed event will be a bluegrass, barbecue, and beer bash, featuring local favorites, the Blue Wave Ramblers. Advance tickets are required.

AMAZing Pumpkin Carve information and tickets are available at hvartscouncil.org or call the Hopewell Valley Arts Council at 609-281-5887.

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