Pumpkin Carver Registration

Every year around 70 carvers participate in this annual, popular event! Carvers are picked on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to submit your form as soon as possible. Please open the link below for the carver registration and information form.

Applications are due by Friday, October 7th (but the sooner the better!). 

2016 Pumpkin Carver Registration Form and Rules
Please print and mail back this form if you are interested in carving for this year's Great Pumpkin Carve. Carvers are picked on a first come, first serve basis.
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Prize Categories

Winners will be awarded prizes!

A panel of three judges will determine the winners and honorable mentions in the following categories: Best Overall, Most Halloween, Best Carving, Most Original, and Best Use of Pumpkin.


Best Overall
A clean carving with a high degree of detail using a combination of most skillfully carved and artistry in design. This includes best use of pumpkin size and shape.

Most Halloween
Includes all traditional Halloween-themed designs, such as jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, goblins,and witches.

Best Carving
Best use of cutting, carving or engraving to achieve outstanding effects in the final design.

Most Original
Best use of imagination and creativity. Create a new twist on the ol’ jack-o-lantern or come up with a pumpkin that will be sure to stand out in any patch!

Best Use of Pumpkin
Pumpkins that have been carved to their fullest. Qualifying pumpkins will be judged for original size and shape that are incorporated into the final design. This could include using pieces of the pumpkin to change the shape!

People’s Choice
This is chosen by the spectators during all three nights of the Great Pumpkin Carve. Visitors will be able to vote for their favorite pumpkin via the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Facebook page, with the winner being announced on Monday, October 24th.   

Please note: If you decide to use any additional materials as design elements (other than the assigned pumpkin or its natural components, such as seeds, “guts” and the pumpkin itself) it will make the pumpkin eligible only for the People’s Choice Award and ineligible for all of the other awards.