Reminder: All sales are first-come-first-served; pumpkins will become unavailable when a payment transaction for that pumpkin has been completed.

  • Welcome to the Online MIT Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

Welcome to the Online MIT Great Glass Pumpkin Patch

We would have loved to celebrate our 20th annual pumpkin fundraiser with you, outdoors in Kresge Oval on a perfect crisp New England fall day, but, for reasons we are all familiar with, that cannot happen this year.

            But wait! Instead, a team of Glass Lab instructors has worked hard to create an Online MIT Great Glass Pumpkin Patch for your shopping enjoyment (and our survival). Between early last October and this March when MIT students were all sent home and the lab shut down, the staff and students made about 450 glass pumpkins, or roughly 25% of our usual yearly inventory. Beginning Saturday, October 24th at 12:00 noon, through Monday, October 26th at 8:00PM, all of these pumpkins will be available for purchase on this site (

When will pumpkins be available:

12:00 PM Saturday, October 24, 2020 until 8:00 PM Monday, October 26, 2020.

In the meantime please familiarize yourself with this site and enjoy pictures from past Great Glass Pumpkin Patches.

How this will work: All pumpkins will have a listed sale price as they do at the regular sale on Kresge Oval. This is not an auction.  All of the pumpkins are one-of-a-kind, so there is only one of each item. The size of each pumpkin can be approximated by comparison with a ruler that appears in each photograph next to each pumpkin. All of the pumpkins will be released for sale at the same time, at the start of the sale. All sales are first-come-first-served; pumpkins will become unavailable when a payment transaction for that pumpkin has been completed.

Question: If you have only 450 pumpkins, why don’t you just keep them and sell them next year?

Answer: Because the MIT Glass Lab depends almost entirely upon the revenue generated by the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch to stay operational. If we stop selling pumpkins, we’ll have to stop the program.

Shipping: All pumpkins will be shipped via FedEx Ground from MIT. The cost of shipping will be added to the sale price of the pumpkin(s) you buy. Due to the complexity and expense of overseas shipping, we regret that we must limit shipping to the Continental United States.

Return policy: Consistent with our live sale policy, there are no returns on pumpkins except in the case of a serious structural defect such as a crack or very sharp surface. Please shop thoughtfully and carefully. In the unfortunate event that your pumpkin should arrive defective or broken, we will replace it free of charge with one as similar in size, color and shape, as possible.

A Pumpkin Experience: You design it & we make it! A special year calls for a special experience! This is a unique opportunity to engage in a virtual pumpkin making experience from start to finish and get a pumpkin into the bargain!

Using commonly available glass colors you select, Glass Lab
senior instructors will work with you to design a bespoke pumpkin especially for you or someone you love.

Then, after finding a mutually agreeable time, we will live-stream the hot glass fabrication process, directly from the hot shop, so that you can watch the creation of your pumpkin in real time on whatever device you choose. Your special pumpkin will serve as an enduring reminder of this special experience.

We are a self-funding program. 100% of our annual operating revenue each year comes from the sale of glass pumpkins and from gifts, large and small, made by generous donors.

The MIT Glass Lab is dedicated to offering memorable hands-on experiences for MIT students, faculty and staff, as well as public lectures and events like the MIT Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, that are open to the MIT community and the general public.

Please consider making a donation to help us continue to provide these opportunities. Gifts to the Glass Lab can be made via the MIT Alumni Association at this link:

Thank you!