South Psychology Students to Host Pumpkin Patch and Fall Activities

Posted on October 14, 2022 by Amber Day
Amber Day

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The University of South Alabama Department of Psychology is partnering with South's Comparative Cognition and Communication Laboratory and the USA Psychology Club to host a Pumpkin Patch in the University Commons parking lot with a series of family-fun activities through November 1. 

“We are selling pumpkins of all shapes and sizes between October 15 and November 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week,” said Dr. Jack Shelley-Tremblay, professor and chair in the Department of Psychology. “We will have events every weekend, including games and contests with prizes and more. Come support research and our psychology club.”

Events are free and open to the public. Pumpkins range in price from $5 to $50 based on size. Profits from the pumpkin sales will be used to fund undergraduate student travel to conferences and for research data collection.  

Events List 

  • October 15: Kids Story Time and Craft Table
    • Bring your kids by to pick out a book, have it read to them, and even take the book home. For our creative minds, there will also be craft stations to paint miniature pumpkins and create fall-themed bean mosaics.
  • October 22: Pumpkin Carving and Painting Contest
    • Open to all ages (prizes will be awarded)
  • October 28: Dog Costume Contest 
    • Come show off your pup in their Halloween costume. Special puppy activities and prizes.
  • October 29: Human Costume Contest and Trunk or Treat
    • Costume contest open to both kids and adults with a trunk or treat to follow.

Questions? Contact Dr. Heidi Lyn, associate professor of psychology at the University of South Alabama, at The physical address for the University Commons is 75 S. University Blvd. Mobile, AL, 36688. 

The Comparative Cognition and Communication Laboratory is looking for faculty, staff and student volunteers for the Pumpkin Patch. Volunteers will receive service hours for participating. Volunteers will be responsible for managing pumpkin sales, cleaning the patch and interacting with customers. Shifts are two hours between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and require at least one supervisory individual. Larger events will occur on the weekends, so more volunteers may be needed for those days. For more details, email

If you are interested in volunteering please sign up here.

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