It's October and everyone is getting ready for Halloween by buying candy and costumes but you can't forget about the pumpkins but you might buy two this year. This is because the annual Lubbock Pumpkin Trail has officially announced when they will be accepting pumpkins this year.

The City of Lubbock Parks and Recreation is currently asking citizens to donate their carved pumpkins for the 15th annual Pumpkin Trail. All you have to do is carve a pumpkin, make sure it's family friendly, and then deliver it on the two days that they are accepting carved pumpkin drop offs. In the past they have accepted painted pumpkins just note that if the pumpkin is painted it will be harder to see at night just because it will be dark. The goal for the City of Lubbock this year is to have 2,000 pumpkins and 65 displays at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum.

There will be a pumpkin carving contest on October 24th where you can carve your own pumpkin in teams but space is limited and you will need to register by October 22nd. This competition will be held at the Hodges Community Center on 4011 University Ave where teams will get 10 pumpkins to carve, along with a pumpkin carving kit and you will have from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to work on pumpkins. Judging will be on October 25th and there will be prizes for the Best Team Theme, Best Parks and Rec Theme (It's Alive!), Most Pumpkins Carved and Best Pumpkin. You can register for the free pumpkin carving competition on their website.

This event is free to the public with the sponsorship of various local individuals and businesses that help cover the cost of 24-hour security, lighting, shuttles for parking, portable restrooms, and signage. The pumpkin trail will be from October 26th through the 29th at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum on University Avenue. Carved pumpkins can be dropped off on October 25th from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and October 26th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.. 

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