Try this: LEXtoday’s 2023 pumpkin carving contest

Put your pumpkin carving skills to the test in our contest

Tons of jack-o-lanterns all lit up

Jack-o'-lanterns are sorta our thing here in Lexington. | Photo courtesy of @tsglexington + @transylvaniauniversity

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Carve some time into your schedule. We’ve got a festive contest for you to take part in this spooky season — the LEXtoday Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Whether you planned to carve a pumpkin this season or not, this is your excuse to run to the nearest pumpkin patch or garden store, pick out your perfect pumpkin, and get creative. Don’t forget the carving kit.

The rules + details:

Create your own pumpkin masterpiece; carve, paint, shave, use stickers, or get creative in a way that is fun for you.

To make a submission, take a picture of your pumpkin + submit it here, along with a name for your art, a short description, your name, and your email address. Submissions are open through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.

While traditional pumpkin carvings and designs will be accepted, bonus points will be awarded to original and locally-themed designs. (Think: local landmarks, businesses, and icons.) Any submissions with offensive language or artwork will not be accepted.

Finalists will be selected by our team and announced in our newsletter on Friday, Oct. 20. These finalists will go head-to-head for the chance to be crowned best jack-o’-lantern of 2023 — you, our readers, will be the ones to vote — and the winner will be announced on Friday, Oct. 27.

Want some pumpkin art inspo before you get started? Here are a few no carve ideas as well as some pumpkin carving pro tips.

Update: We’ve extended the deadline for the contest. Enter your gourd-geous design by Wednesday, Oct. 25. Submit here.

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