A Night of 1587 Pumpkins

“Join us for a night of family fun!”

Saturday, October 26, 2024 from 5pm to 8pm

In 1587, English colonists came to Roanoke Island. Night of 1587 Pumpkins is an event at which we attempt to light 1,587 jack-o-lanterns. The evening will consist of trick-or-treating, contests, and of course, pumpkins! Everyone is encouraged to come in costume to enjoy the festivities. Jack-o-lanterns are provided by our community, so come to the Gardens to carve a free pumpkin on October 24 or 25th that will be added to the pumpkin path. Or bring your own carved pumpkin(s) to the event!

In addition to the vendors listed, the Gardens will have glow sticks, hot chocolate, apple cider and s’more packs for the bonfire for sale. Come enjoy the evening!

Pumpkin Carving

Thursday, October 24th and Friday, October 25th

Come to the Gardens to carve a free pumpkin that we’ll add to the pumpkin path. Find it the evening of the 26th to take home after the event!

A Night of 1587 Pumpkins

Saturday, October 26th

Event Schedule:
5:00p – 6:30p – Pumpkin Drop-Off & Trick or Treating
6:30p – Contests Begin
8:00p – Thank you for joining us!


The Elizabethan Gardens Royal Exchange Gift Shop

Check back for additional vendors as event date nears!

Costume Contest

Come dressed to win! Attendees will vote by applause for the winners of each category.

Guest Safety

Contest Categories

  • Best Family Costume. This category is for the best overall costume look.
  • Best Costume (Ages 2-4)
  • Best Costume (Ages 5-9)
  • Best Costume (Ages 10-13)
  • Best Costume (Ages 14-17)
  • Best Costume (Ages 18 & Up)

Scream Contest

Get ready to SCREAM! Attendees will vote by applause for the winners of each age group.

Contest Categories

  • Best Scream (Ages 5-9)
  • Best Scream (Ages 10-13)
  • Best Scream (Ages 14-17)
  • Best Scream (Ages 18 & Up)

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Show us your pumpkin carving skills! Attendees will vote for the winners of each category.

Contest Categories

  • Best Plant or Flower Theme
  • Best Ocean Theme
  • Best Imaginative Theme
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