ANNual Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest

Entries have been posted!

The Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered this year. Judging was brutal, as there were an immense number of breath-taking pumpkins. We'd like to congratulate the following people:

Grand prize: Ju W.
1st prize: Akukame
Special prize: Cryogenia

Halloween is right around the corner, which means only one thing -- Anime News Network's annual pumpkin carving contest is back! Slash up your best anime-related masterpiece, and you could walk away with a giant stash of horror titles-- and the title of this year's number one pumpkin carving champion.


Grand Prize First Prize
  • Ghost Slayers Ayashi manga vol. 1
  • Pumpkin Scissors complete series
  • Red Garden complete series
Special Prize
  • Bloodhound DVDs 1-3 (live action)
  • Fantasma DVDs 1-3 (live action)

This year, we'll be awarding a special prize for the scariest design. The scarier the better, whether it's creepy little kids with crazy eyes, or demons spitting fire.


  • Send in only 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 2009".
  • 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 PST, Monday Nov. 2, 2009. No exceptions.
  • Only real pumpkins can be used. Sorry, that means no craft pumpkins. Alternative non-pumpkin gourds are also acceptable.
  • Usage of markers or other coloring methods is allowed for contrast purposes.
  • 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.

Need inspiration? Here are some of the winners from previous years.

Anticipated questions:

  • How many times can I enter? As many times as you want.
  • Can I win both the special prize and one of the other prizes? Nope. By default, we'll put you in contention for either the grand prize or the first prize, unless you explicitly request otherwise in your email.
  • When will the winners be announced? Good question. After the contest, the ANN staff get together and butt heads over the entrants for a few days, and the more entries we get, the harder it is. We'll try to make the decision within a week.

    Prizes were generously donated by the following sponsors:

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