Themes for a Pumpkin Carving Contest


To mix things up a bit this Halloween, suggest a pumpkin carving contest that will have everyone's creative juices flowing. Pick a theme that will inspire your group and carry out the theme in a pumpkin party revealing the creations. You might be surprised at how original and competitive everyone will become over this festive idea. It may just become a new Halloween tradition to look forward to each year.


  • If there is a favorite movie enjoyed by you,your family and friends, then create the challenge that everyone must carve a pumpkin that fits with that movie. Whether it is a notorious character from the movie or just a stand out scene, all the pumpkins should represent the movie in some way. Another idea is just to do a broad movie theme. This leaves it up to the individual to decide what famous movie or unforgettable legends will be carved out. Watch some of the movies while carving the pumpkins or after they are done.

In The News

  • What's grabbing everyone's attention in the news these days? Let the theme for your competition represent the moment. Whether it's music, celebrities, politicians or just a grabbing headline, your group will love creating pumpkins that are relevant. By using a broad enough theme like this one, you are certain to have no two pumpkins that are alike.


  • For the sports loving group, challenge them to create pumpkins that honor their favorite sports team. Some ideas they may consider are celebrating their all-time most cherished player or creating the team's logo. For more of a challenge, place random team names in a hat and have everyone pick. It will take more time to create a winning pumpkin when some research needs to be involved.


  • Choose an area from anywhere in the world and make that your next theme. For instance, you can choose a region like Europe or be more specific and pick Paris. Group members will have to create pumpkins that represent an aspect of the area. A Parisian theme may bring in pumpkins with the Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe or a beret wearing French man. Play French music at the big reveal and serve chocolate croissants.

Kids Choice

  • Children often go through phases that commemorate their favorite things of the moment. To choose a pumpkin carving theme, have your children get involved and ask them what they want the focus to be. Children are often more creative than adults and will probably have lots of ideas. Pick one from a hat or have the group vote on which idea they like best. Be enthusiastic about whatever they pick whether it's princesses, pirates or animals.


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