Sharpen those knives, get the dremmel ready, and start thinking of ideas…because the 5th Annual Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza is about to begin.  Thousands of you have been emailing every day for the last four months asking when this thing is going to start again…and although we thought about doing a Summer version, we decided it would be best to keep it for Halloween (or Reformation Day if you prefer).  The wait is finally over.

Here are the details as decided by the Pumpkin Carving Committee (PCC) (read carefully, there are a few changes from last year):

  • The deadline for a photo (or link to a photo) of your pumpkin is midnight of Thursday, October 30th.  To be considered in the contest, you must submit a photo by that time.
  • Voting will last for 3 days…the 31st, Nov. 1st and 2nd.  Voting will end at midnight on Sunday, Nov. 2nd.  
  • Categories:  Besides the “Best All Around” Pumpkin (in which everyone is entered), there will be four additional categories in which you can enter your pumpkin (you can only enter your pumpkin in one of these additional categories).  The four categories are:  “Most Original”, “Most Hallo-weenie”, “Artistry Award”, and “Best Self-Portrait”.
  • Rules:  No stencils allowed, no paint allowed, some sort of light must be placed inside the pumpkin, other gourds are only allowed if traditional pumpkins cannot be obtained, and campaigning for your pumpkin is allowed as long as voters see all other contestant entries before they vote.
To Enter Your Pumpkin…
  • Email a photo to
  • Include your name
  • Include a title for your pumpkin
  • Include which category (you can only choose one) in which you wish to enter your pumpkin.  This is in addition to the “Best All-Around” category in which every pumpkin will be entered.
The Prize: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me” and the official title for the year of “Pumpkin Carving Master”.
Spread the word…voting begins on Friday, October 31st.
To see last year’s entries and winners, go to: