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2021 Pumpkin Carving Contest

October 29, 2021 - October 31, 2021


Do you have what it takes to carve the spookiest Jack-O-Lantern on this side of Route 30? Prove it! The 6th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest will be held at Compass Inn Museum on October 29th, 2021!  Families and individuals are encouraged to participate! Design it, carve it and display it. There is no fee to enter. 

Carve your pumpkin freehand, use a pattern, paint it or decorate it. Winners in each age category will be chosen by popular vote during the Halloween Hauntings Storytelling tours that evening. All entries will be on display during the weekend tours starting on October 29th and will be on display through October 31st.

First, second and third place winners will be voted on in each of the three categories. Categories include juniors (ages 12 and under), adults (ages 13 and up) and families (mixed ages). First place winners will receive $75, second place winners will receive $50 and third place winners will receive $25. In addition, each winner will receive two free admissions to the October 31st “Halloween Hauntings” Storytelling Tours!

Drop off your ghouliest gourd between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 29th at Compass Inn Museum. Although pre-registration is encouraged, walk-in submissions on October 29th will be accepted. Visit to download the registration form and contest rules. 

"Enter today to show off your great carving skills. We know you are looking forward to getting up to your elbows in a pumpkin,” said Theresa Gay Rohall, Ligonier Valley Historical Society’s Executive Director. “I can’t wait to see how people express themselves through their carvings,” added Head Museum Interpreter Emily Barth.

“Halloween Hauntings” Storytelling Tours are “hauntingly good" fun! Enjoy the fascinating stories of the various inhabitants and travelers who stayed at the inn and hear the fabled ghost stories that surround them and others. This unforgettable, ethereal and entertaining excursion includes a candlelight tour of the inn, cookhouse and blacksmith shop. While you are visiting the past, you might just feel a presence as you explore the buildings and grounds of Compass Inn Museum.

Family-friendly Halloween stories will be told during the 6 to 7:30 p.m. tours and haunted stories for more mature audiences will be told during the 7:30 - 9 p.m. tours on October 29th, 30th and 31st.

Special Halloween Pricing: $11 per person ages 13 – 61; $10 per person ages 62+; $7 children 6 -12; Free Members, Active Military and children 5 and younger. Come in costume if you like. Reservations are encouraged and can be done at Contact: Compass Inn Museum at 724-238-4983 if you have further questions.


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