11th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest #Giveaway

Posted October 28, 2015 by Prairie Wife - 26 comments

Halloween is almost here! The signs are clear…the house is full of candy filled hyper children, costumes that scratch and itch, and there is a decidedly tense atmosphere….

11 years ago when The Cowboy and I were blissful newly weds we thought it would be great to have a pumpkin carving contest. We spent an evening carving our pumpkins and then invited some friends over to pick their favorites. The Cowboy won, and I didn’t really mind that much, after all his was legitimately better! Fast forward 6 more years and I still hadn’t won, not once. I don’t claim to be artistic (notice the only DIY crafty posts on the site are guest posts) but I was starting to get a bit grouchy about it. Then finally in the 7th year…I won….and then again I won in year 9! This got The Cowboy’s competitive spirit revved up and I have to admit things are beginning to get a little cut throat.

We never post the carvers name to keep it fair and we always pick a theme. Last year I invited my readers to vote and to help encourage them I offered a $10 Starbucks Gift Card. After all, even though I will NOT be indulging in a Pumpkin Spice Latte there is no reason our winner can’t!

This year the Cowkids wanted in on the action. They picked the theme for The Cowboy and I (Spiders) and they also wanted to have a Cowkid Pumpkin Contest. Please vote for your favorite Cowkid Pumpkin too! Leave your vote in the comments and you’ll automatically be entered to win a Starbucks Gift Card. You can earn more points towards the giveaway by following us on social media (and PLEASE sign up to receive email updates from us). Please be honest we will be checking!

Lets get started! In no particular order here are The Cowboy and my Pumpkins….

Pumpkin 1

pumpkin 1

Pumpkin 2

Pumpkin 2 collage

Now for the Cowkids, they didn’t have to stick with the Spider theme.

I’m going to go from oldest to youngest…

Cowboy J learned some tough lessons last year when he attempted to do a Disney castle. This year he was super careful to not cut out so much that the whole front of his pumpkin falls out. His design is a spider in a web, it’s clearer with the light shining (sort of).

Cowboy J collage

Cowgirl G went with a Halloween Monster theme and drew a parade of Halloween Creatures around her pumpkin.

Cowgirl G

Cowboy W did a big spider in the middle, and was super excited that we let him use the power tools to make his legs!

Cowboy W

Cowboy C went with an abstract Halloween painting. When I asked him what he painted he said “Spiders on a spider web, but some not.”

Cowboy C

Ma is in town for the week to hang out with the Cowkids so she and I created LittleMissH’s pumpkin. LittleMissH was pretty tickled to have me paint her feet for the ghosts! Ma painted their darling faces and the vines and bats.

LittleMissH
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26 thoughts on "11th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest #Giveaway"

  1. Bennie says:

    Spiders yuck”. Gotta keep this short, I’m on a short vacation with my parents in the Poconos and we’re meeting for breakfast in five mins.

    I guess my vote goes to pumpkin 2 since it lights up. But little miss H’s pumpkin is the cutest with her ghost pumpkin. If I can copy and paste a photo of a few pumpkins I did a few years ago I will or maybe on your Facebook page. 😉

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Hers turned out great didn’t it! Enjoy your vacation and I can’t wait to see pics of your pumpkins please share them on Facebook! 🙂

  2. College BFF says:

    2- and give one vote to each of those cow kids they did a great job

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      They were really into it and focused this year that’s for sure!

  3. Chaetity says:

    Awesome pumpkins. We vote 2

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thanks! It was a blast to do them this year!

  4. Kristen says:

    My vote is pumpkin #2 & for the kiddos cowgirl G!
    It was a tough decision though for both! Good jobs you guys!!!

  5. Leela says:

    Pumpkin 2 and Cowgirl G.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Terry says:

    Pumpkin #2 🙂

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Your vote has been counted 😉

  7. Val Nicolo says:

    Pumpkin 1 and cowboy c!!!! Love those cute pumpkins 🙂

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Cowboy C will be so excited he got a vote! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  8. Tracy Robertson says:

    I like pumpkin 1, amazing artwork. I love all of the kids pumpkins! If I have to pick a favorite, it would be the Halloween Monster theme. I never thought of painting a pumpkin before and the colors really pop!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thanks for stopping by, the paint is easy to do but beware, it washes off if it rains!

  9. Kristina L says:

    I like Pumpkin 2 and cowgirl Gs pumpkins! The spider web part on #2 is very creative!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      It’s amazing what adding something besides carving can do to the whole look! Thanks for stopping by:)

  10. big brother b says:

    I like 1 and cowkid w

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thanks for your vote!

  11. Rockin' Piranha says:

    Spooky Spiders! My vote is for #2 and Cowgirl G! Great job by all!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thanks, I thought the kids did great this year!

  12. Fred says:

    My votes go to my favorite cowkids but if that’s not acceptable than I will vote for Pumpkin #2

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      lol Your votes have been noted 😉

  13. Andrea gomez says:

    #2 🙂

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