Giant Annual ANN Pumpkin Carving Contest

November 6, 2008


This year's contest was brutally hard to judge, as there were so many amazing entries. If we could've, we would've handed out 5 times as many prizes-- maybe even more. In the end, we're incredibly impressed with everyone's entries, and we thank you all for making this contest a success. And remember, we hold this contest every year, so there's always more chances next year!

This year's winners:
Grand Prize: Justin Kittler
1st Prize: maddoghoek
2nd Prize: Tiffany Manns
Best xxxHOLiC: Monica Hartley
Best Tsubasa: Christine M.
Best Mecha-related:: Landstander

T-shirt winners
The following people's names were drawn from a hat and will receive a t-shirt prize pack:
Liz Barillas
Jessica Treadwell
Tanya Simmerer

All winners will be notified by email. Once again, thank you to everyone who entered this year! Please join us again next year for more fun and more prizes!

This Year's Entries!

This year's entries have finally been posted. We had 130 entries, which is a record number! There were so many great pumpkins that we're still arguing madly with each other over who the winners should be, but until then, check out the amazing entries we received! The entries are shown chronologically, from the first entry received to the last.

It's that time of year again—Anime News Network's annual pumpkin carving contest! This is your chance to show us your best anime-related jack-o'-lantern, and in return, we shower you with prizes. Thanks to generous donations from Bandai, Funimation, and Viz, our prize haul is bigger and crazier than ever, with everything from DVDs and manga, to figures and character merchandise.

Need inspiration? Check out the entries from 2007, 2006, and 2005.


  • Send in at least TWO jpgs of your finished pumpkin—one lit up at night, and one during the daytime with a sign in front of it that says "Anime News Network."
  • In your email, please include the name or handle that you would like us to use on the website.
  • Entries are due by 11:59 PM EST, Sunday Nov. 2, 2008. No exceptions.
  • Only real pumpkins can be used. Sorry, that means no craft pumpkins.
  • Usage of markers or other coloring methods is allowed, provided it's clear in the daytime photo that you didn't just Sharpie over a shaved pumpkin. We can tell.
  • If you happen to wear M, XL, or 2XL t-shirts, have a pumpkin you want to enter, and want the chance to win a free shirt (see below), please include your preferred size. These will be drawn randomly from a hat, and will not impact your chances of winning.
  • All entries should be emailed to halloween @ animenewsnetwork . com
  • Anyone can enter, but prizes will only be shipped to addresses within the US or Canada.


Grand Prize

First Prize

  • Afro Samurai (Spike Version)
  • COWA! GN
  • Elemental Gelade Starter Set
  • Ergo Proxy Complete Box Set
  • Ghost Hunt Season 1 Part 1
  • Ghost Hunt cell phone charm
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
    Official Log 1
  • Hellsing messenger bag
  • Ragnarok DVD 1
  • Spiral puzzle
  • Vampire Hunter D artbook
  • Vampire Knight GN 1-2
  • Yū Yū Hakusho Season 2
Second Prize

  • Afro Samurai (Spike Version)
  • Ergo Proxy Complete Box Set
  • Ghost Hunt cell phone charm
  • Ghost Hunt Season 1 Part 1
  • Hellsing messenger bag
  • Spiral puzzle
  • Yū Yū Hakusho Season 2
Best xxxHOLiC Pumpkin

  • xxxHOLiC messenger bag
  • Afro Samurai (Spike Version)
  • Ergo Proxy DVD 1
  • Ghost Hunt cell phone charm
  • Spiral puzzle
Best Tsubasa Pumpkin

  • Tsubasa messenger bag
  • Afro Samurai (Spike Version)
  • Ergo Proxy DVD 1
  • Ghost Hunt cell phone charm
  • Spiral puzzle
Best Mecha-related Pumpkin

  • Eureka Seven messenger bag
  • Afro Samurai (Spike version)
  • Ergo Proxy DVD 1
  • Ghost Hunt cell phone charm
  • Robotech cell phone charm
  • IGPX backpack

Free t-shirt and DVD???

Here's the deal—we've also got a stack of t-shirts (Hellsing, Witch Hunter Robin, Cowboy Bebop, Yukikaze, Freedom) lying around, in sizes M, XL, and 2XL. Problem is, we don't know your size. So, if you're interested in winning a free shirt, include - along with the photos of your pumpkin submission - the size you want, and if we draw your name out of a hat, we'll ship you a shirt. You might get one, you might get five! We'll even throw in a copy of Ergo Proxy DVD 1. Remember, you must enter this information along with your entry for the 2008 pumpkin contest; you can't win if you don't play.

Anticipated questions and answers

  • If you happen to submit a themed pumpkin (xxxHOLiC, Tsubasa, or mech-related) that wins grand prize, 1st, or 2nd, you will get the that prize, and the next best pumpkin in that category will instead win the themed prize.
  • Using squash or other gourds is acceptable, but pumpkins are preferred.
  • All the entries will be posted by November 5. Winners will be announced by November 8, and will be contacted by email for shipping information.
  • You can enter as many times as you'd like, but you can only win once.


We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the following sponsors. Without them, this contest wouldn't be possible.

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