Pumpkin Decorating & Carving Contest

10/18/2021 (All day)
10/19/2021 (All day)
10/20/2021 (All day)
10/21/2021 (All day)
10/22/2021 (All day)
10/23/2021 (All day)
10/24/2021 (All day)
Other Info: 
Enter by 5 PM on October 24.

Enter our first-ever Pumpkin Decorating & Carving Contest this fall. Families and individuals can work together to create their pumpkin and submit it from home.

Who can enter? 

All ages—adults, teens, tweens, and children

What’s the theme?

Your pumpkin can have any theme, as long as it is “family-friendly” (suitable for all audiences).

What are the rules?

  • Any size pumpkin is permitted.
  • Pumpkins may be carved, painted, or otherwise decorated.
  • Please only submit a pumpkin that you or you and your team have decorated.
  • One entry per person or team.

How do I enter?

  • Email at least 2 photos of your entry to decorate@smfpl.org.
  • Remember to give your pumpkin a title.
  • Tell us your name. If submitting as a team, please include all team members’ names.
  • Also, tell us what age category you are entering*: Children, Teen, or Adult
  • If submitting as a team, choose the category of your oldest team member.

When is the deadline to enter?

Email your photos between Mon., October 18 and Sun., October 24. All entries must be received by 5 PM on Sun., October 24.

How will the entries be judged?

Library staff will serve as judges. Prizes will be given for Funniest, Scariest, and Most Creative, in each of the three age groups—children, teen, and adult. Prizes will be $30 Amazon gift cards, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Will there be a People’s Choice?

Yes! A photo album of all entries will be posted on Facebook on Mon., October 25. The photo that receives the most “likes” by 4 PM on Wed., October 27 will win the People’s Choice Award.

How will winners be announced?

Winners from each category and the People’s Choice will win $30 Amazon gift cards and will be showcased on the library’s social media on Thurs., October 28.

If I win, how do I get my prize?

Physical prizes of Amazon gift cards will be available at the Drive-Up Window or at the Circulation Desk for winners to pick up.


This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.