Bob Vila’s First Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest

Cannibal Pumpkin


There’s no doubt that we are pumpkin nation. In 2008 alone, the major pumpkin-producing states in the US churned out 1.1 billion pounds of everybody’s favorite orange squash. And considering that 80% of a year’s pumpkin crop is available during October (thanks, University of Illinois), we’ve got pumpkins coming out of our ears right now!

Mario Pumpkin

So what better to do with extra pumpkins than cut, pierce, and carve them? We were wowed by these 52 Unexpected and Amazing Ways to Decorate Pumpkins, but now we’d like to see what you can do.

Get your knives, scoops, and drills ready for Bob Vila’s First Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Click to Enter! From classic jack o’lanterns to intricate, imaginative creations, we want to see just how creative pumpkin carving can get in your hands. To enter, simply send us a picture of your masterpiece (submission below). If the judges select your entry, you will be named “Bob Vila’s King or Queen of Carving” for the year, a glory complete with bragging rights and the satisfaction of your triumph.

You must enter by November 3rd (midnight EST) to qualify. So what are you waiting for? Click the link below, upload a photo, and see if you’re the next King or Queen of Carving.


The “Bob Vila’s First Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest”  is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents. Void in all other geographic locations. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest Period  begins at 12:00 p.m. EDT on October 23, 2012 and ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT on November 3rd, 2012 . One entry per household on Contestants must submit their name, email address, and a photograph of their pumpkin, as well as a title and brief description. Winner will be chosen by the BobVila editing team based on the following criteria: creativity/originality, craftsmanship, and level of difficulty. Odds of winning are dependent on the number of eligible entries received. The Winner and winning Contestant Pictures shall be featured on the Bob Vila website as  “King” or “Queen of Carving.”  See Official Rules for details.