ANNual Pumpkin Carving Contest

The top five pumpkins as voted by users were as follows:

Revolutionary Girl Utena by Sarah Hackenberg

Mephisto by Rider4Z

Clannad After Story : Evening at a flower field By Jose Montes

Saya by LlamaMaster

Pumpkin Eren by Courtney Nagy

Congratulations to the winners! You will be notified by email.

Anime News Network's annual pumpkin carving contest is back! Sharpen your knives and your carving skills and you could walk away with some sweet prizes. In the past, we've given away a grab bag of anime goodies, but we think you'll like this year's offerings just as much. We're still in the process of finalizing what the prizes are (they'll be announced next week!), but we wanted to give everyone the weekend to get a head start on carving.

Contest entries will be accepted until November 3, at which point, user voting will commence. The voting period will last for one week, and winners will be announced after that.

Current Entries!

(page will be periodically updated)


This year, there will be FIVE first place prizes. All winners will receive:
  • One 12-month "Anime Membership" Subscription to Crunchyroll
  • One $50 gift certificate for Right Stuf
  • One 12-month subscription to Anime News Network, featuring faster access and the ability to turn off ads

Sponsored prizes courtesy of:


  • 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 2013".
  • 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, Sunday Nov. 3, 2013. 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, as well as last year's entries.

Anticipated questions:

  • How many times can I enter? As many times as you want.
  • When will the winners be announced? This year, the winners will be decided by an open vote. We'll have more details on that as the end of the contest approaches. The winners will be announced one week after voting.
  • Is there a theme? Nope, no theme, but try to keep the pumpkins related to anime/manga/games.

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