The Amazing Pumpkin Carve 2016

Save the Date for 2017

Wednesday October 11 – Sunday October 15

New Location:  Woolsey Park in Hopewell Township

Special Events:

Saturday, October 14 – Dedication Ceremony for the Renaming of Woolsey Park and salute to our firefighters, EMTs and first responders – co-hosted by the Hopewell Valley Historical Society.

Saturday, October 14 – Fire Safety Open House & Community Day – co-hosted by the Hopewell Valley Fire Fighters Association.

Sign-up early to be a Pumpkin Sponsor by calling 609-281-5887

Stay Tuned for More Information


2016 Archives:

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 14-16, 2016

The weather looks perfect for the second—and FINAL—Plan Your Visit to the Pumpkin Carveweekend of the Amazing Pumpkin Carve. 

The Carve and the Howell Farm Corn Maze will both be open at 17 Valley Road, Hopewell Township/Lambertville

  • Fri., 10/14, 5-9pm
  • Sat., 10/15, 12-9pm
  • Sun., 10/16, 12-5pm.

Artists Carving Demos:  Learn tips and techniques to use at home!
Sat. 12-3: Tom Cook
Sun. 12-3: Kate Eggleston

New This Weekend: Fifteen newly-carved pumpkins!

New This Year: One-of-a-kind, fine art, everlasting pumpkins, commissioned by the HV Arts Council from some of the region’s top artists. See them in person at the aMAZing Pumpkin Carve, as well as in our online auction. And don’t forget to place your bids!

As Always: The Howell Farm Corn Maze, with 2+ miles of labyrinthian fun, and a Snack Bar and Grill with fresh hamburgers, hot dogs, hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee, and a full array of Fall treats for adults and kids alike.

Find all the practical info you need including, dates/hours of operation, schedule of events, location and FAQs.

Hopewell Valley Arts Council aMAZing Pumpkin CarveThe 2016 Amazing Pumpkin Carve—our Second Annual— opens Friday, Oct. 7 for two weekends (including Columbus Day Mon., 10/10) through Sunday, Oct. 16.

Find all the practical info you need including, dates/hours of operation, schedule of events, location and FAQs.

Imagine some of the region’s best artists transforming fifty giant pumpkins for a walk-through exhibit at a beautiful, historic farm.

That’s The Amazing Pumpkin Carve of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council! (#HVPumpkins)

In 2015, we teamed up with Howell Living History Farm for a special one-weekend eventheld on the grounds of the Howell Living History Farm Corn Maze in Hopewell Township, NJ. (Check out the Gallery of our Amazing Pumpkins of 2015.)

Are you ready to plan your visit to the 2016 Carve?
Here is all the practical info you need.

The inaugural Pumpkin Carve was so successful (More than 2,200 people came through the exhibit.) and the pumpkins were, in fact, so aMAZing, that we’re doing it again!

But this year, the Pumpkin Carve exhibit will be open TWO weekends.

Fri-Mon (Columbus Day), October 7-10, 2016;
and Fri-Sun, October 14-16

We need your help!
Hopewell Valley Arts Council's aMAZING 2015 Alarm Clock Pumpkin by Aleece David and Carol Snyder

Businesses, Organizations and IndividualsSponsor an Amazing Pumpkin.


MERCER, HUNTERDON & BUCKS BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS: With the Carve opening next week, we have a few remaining pumpkins in need of sponsors. We are seeing great support from the community with smaller businesses, individuals and families getting creative and splitting a sponsorship for just $375 per partner. Find out more here. Or call/email: we’re happy to explain everything to you. But get in touch fast: These last few opportunities won’t last! (;609-281-5887)
Fifty Pumpkins. Fifty Sponsors. The Pumpkin Sponsors are part of the fun of the Amazing Pumpkin Carve! Your organization will get a lot of visibility amid a lot of feel-good community activity during the prime Fall months. Find out more and reserve your pumpkin!

Artists: Become a Carver. OUR 2016 CALL FOR CARVERS IS NOW CLOSED.We have a great group of artists lined up! Can’t wait to see what they do!
Local artists, craftsmen and pumpkin enthusiasts apply to artfully carve and embellish one of the giant pumpkins. The carvers are selected by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council from the application pool. In addition to receiving honoraria for carving, the artists compete for prizes: the pumpkins are judged by distinguished members of the local art community.

Volunteers: We need many hands and smiling faces! Go here to sign-up. Or email us at to let us know you want to help.

Hopewell Valley Arts Council's aMAZing 2015 Old Man Pumpkin Mark your calendars, and plan your visit to the 2016 Amazing Pumpkin Carve! All the practical info you need is now available. You won’t want to miss it! The creative and unexpected designs… the changing appearance of the pumpkins as they go from daylight to lantern light in the evening…  and the good times down on the farm at the Howell Farm Corn Maze all make for a great Fall day!


Hopewell Valley Arts Council's aMAZing Pumpkin Preview Party tent and tables9/28/16 UPDATE

Tickets for the 2016 Pumpkin Preview Party are on sale and going fast!

This adults-only Barbecue, Beer and Blue Grass bash sold out last year! It was truly one of the highlights of the year, with a beautiful setting; good food, drink and music; a GREAT crowd; and a first look at the pumpkins! This year, the date is Wednesday, October 5: you’ll be able to watch the carvers fine tune their pumpkins as evening falls. Everyone is invited! Learn all about the Pumpkin Preview Party and secure your tickets now!

The Setting: The Howell Farm Corn Maze, Hopewell Township, NJ

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s aMAZing Pumpkin Carve is held on the grounds of the Howell Living History Farm Corn Maze, 17 Valley Road, Hopewell, NJ  08530, one mile west of the farm’s historic site.Howell Farm Corn Maze Aerial View

Howell Farm’s corn maze is a local Fall tradition that attracts over 8,000 visitors each year.  It is the longest running corn maze in New Jersey, covering four acres with two miles of paths.  The Corn Maze is usually a game in itself, challenging visitors to answer trivia questions and find puzzle pieces to complete a map which will show the way out. Before or after working through the corn maze at Howell Living History Farm, folks have a great time strolling through the aMAZing Pumpkin Carve display.

The Howell Living History Farm is owned by Mercer County and is operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. The maze is an annual fundraiser of the Friends of Howell Farm, a non-profit organization that helps the farm through volunteerism and program support.

Check out the lists of artists and winners from last year’s Carve.