Halloween is over—but the festive fun doesn’t have to end on November 1st. Find out what these folks are doing with their leftover pumpkins.
The Newest Halloween Trend: Punkin Chunkin’
While pumpkins are a staple for nearly every Halloween celebration, we bet you’ve never seen them used like this before. Pumpkin Chucking, or “Pumpkin Chunking” is a newly founded fall sport in which participants hurl pumpkins across a field with mechanical devices.
The first Punkin Chunkin’ tournament was held in Delaware in 1986 and now hosts over 100 competitors. Some of the devices used to fling the pumpkins are catapults and slingshots.
The competition has since gone global—the European Championship is held in Bikschote, Belgium. Participants have been competing in Bikschote since 2004.
The World Championship: Punkin Chunkin
Teams compete in the following divisions:
- Air cannons (Female)
- Human Powered
- Youth Air Cannon
- Youth Trebuchet
The festival’s activities include amusement rides, fireworks, live concerts, a pumpkin cooking contest, a chili cook-off and the Miss Punkin Chunkin pageant.
The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association donates a portion of their profit to organizations like Meals on Wheels, Autism Delaware and St. Baldricks to name a few.
Colorado hosts its own “Punkin Chunkin” tournament in Aurora every year.