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Night of 1587 Pumpkins

October 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In 1587, English colonists came to Roanoke Island. Night of 1587 Pumpkins is an event at the Elizabethan Gardens honoring the colonists. On this night 1,587 jack-o-lanterns are lit. The evening hosts trick-or-treating, costume contests, scream contests, and  carved pumpkin contests. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in costume to enjoy the festivities. Jack-o-lanterns are provided by the community. Go to the Gardens and carve a free pumpkin October 25 – 27th or bring your own carved pumpkin(s) to the event!. Pumpkins will be added to the pumpkin path. In addition to vendors, the Gardens will have glow sticks, hot chocolate, apple cider and s’more packs for the bonfire for sale. Children ages 2 and under are free. Children 3 – 5 years old pay $4 and ages 6 – 17 pay $8, and 18 or older pay $12. Pets are welcome to participate for a fee of $5. Come enjoy the festivities!

Event Schedule:
5:00pm – 6:30pm – Pumpkin Drop-Off/Carving & Trick or Treating
6:30pm – Contests Begin

Event Contests include:

  • Best Family Costume
  • 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)
  • Best Scream (Ages 5-9)
  • Best Scream (Ages 10-13)
  • Best Scream (Ages 14-17)
  • Best Scream (Ages 18 & Up)
  • Best Plant or Flower Theme
  • Best Ocean Theme
  • Best Imaginative Theme


October 28
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Elizabethan Gardens
1411 National Park Dr
Manteo, NC 27954 United States
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