ANNual Pumpkin Carving Contest


After deliberating about this for almost a month, we've finally decided on the winners. Every year's entries are hard to judge, but this year was especially brutal. Thank you to everyone who entered, and thank you especially to our sponsors, without whom we could not have continued this wonderful tradition.

Grand Prize: AnoHana (original image) by KyleSPB

First Prize: Mami and Charlotte by Rosiethorns88

Runners Up:
Gendou Ikari by Anne Hackenburg
Princess Mononoke by maddoghoek100

This year's entries!!!

Contest deadline EXTENDED. The new deadline is November 9, 11:59PM PST. Because of the storm on the East Coast, we understand that many of our readers are still without power or internet, and have also had more pressing matters to contend with, so the contest deadline has been extended. Good luck!

Anime News Network's annual pumpkin carving contest is back! Sharpen your knives and your carving skills and you could walk away with not only a GARGANTUAN stash of anime goodies, but also the coveted title of Pumpkin Carving Champion. In the past, we've seen entries that range from intricate to terrifying, from cute to just plain weird. This years, we're all excited to see what you'll be bringing to the butcher table.

Our prizes were generously donated by Funimation, NIS America, Right Stuf, and Sentai Filmworks, who have made this year's prizes the most insane we have ever seen in the history of this contest. We thank them for their generosity, and their hand in making FOUR lucky winners very, very happy. Check out the list below!


Grand Prize First Prize
  • Deadman Wonderland complete series DVD
  • Deadman Wonderland poster
  • King of Thorn BD+DVD
  • Moss DVD (S) Live-Action Special Edition (2-disc)
  • One Piece -Baroque Works- cell phone strap (set of 3)
  • Rental Magica DVD Collection 1 (S) - Litebox
  • Right Stuf "Got Anime?" Purchasing Club membership
  • Shakugan no Shana season 1 BD+DVD
  • Texhnolyze DVD Complete Series
  • Toward the Terra movie DVD (S) (Remastered)
Runners Up (2)
  • Deadman Wonderland poster
  • Moss DVD (S) Live-Action Special Edition (2-disc)
  • Rental Magica DVD Collection 1 (S) - Litebox
  • Right Stuf "Got Anime?" Purchasing Club membership
  • Toward the Terra movie DVD (S) (Remastered)


  • 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 2012".
  • 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, Friday Nov. 2, 2012. 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.
  • When will the winners be announced? Good question. After the contest, the ANN staff get together and butt heads over the entrants for a week or so, but the more entries we get, the harder it is.
  • Is there a theme? Nope, no theme, but try to keep the pumpkins related to anime/manga/games.

Prizes were generously donated by the following sponsors:

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