Live Professional Pumpkin Carving

There’s only one fall festival in all of West Michigan where you’ll see the nation’s greatest professional pumpkin carvers in action, carving the biggest pumpkins you’ve ever laid eyes on! We’re so excited to welcome the following carvers to the 2023 Fall Fest:

Greg Butauski (World Champion Ice Carver)

Chad Hartson (Featured on Food Network’s “Cake Wars”)

Danny Kissel (Winner of Food Network’s “Outrageous Pumpkins” and featured on Food Network’s “Halloween Wars” and “Best in Snow” on Disney)

Dean Murray (Featured on Food Network’s “Halloween Wars” and “Foodtastic” on Disney +)

Maryse Swanson (Winner of “Foodtastic” on Disney +)

Matthew Stoddart (Featured on “Foodtastic” on Disney +)

This year’s professional pumpkin carver line up will also include returning pro carvers Raea Blackburn and Ryan Roth from Rock on Ice in Columbus, Ohio.

You can watch the professional pumpkin carvers at work on 8th Street in Downtown Holland on Friday, October 6 from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm and on Saturday, October 7 from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm. The professional carvers will also be carving giant pumpkins in GDK Park on 8th Street (between HOM by Benchmark and Francesca’s) on Friday and Saturday. All of the finished carvings will remain on display through Sunday.

Pre-Carved Pumpkins Displays

Be sure to check out the professionally-carved custom pumpkins commissioned by our Downtown Holland shops, restaurants, businesses, and non-profit organizations too! They will be on display throughout all of Downtown Holland beginning the afternoon of Friday, October 6 through Saturday, October 7, both on 8th Street and inside the shops and restaurants. Check them out as you’re strolling through Downtown Holland. make sure you have your camera ready! And make sure you check out the amazing professionally carved pumpkin display at the Holland Farmers Market on Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. You’ll want to have your camera ready!