Seventh Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

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Date Posted:  10/30/2023

1st place: Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh  |  2nd place (tie): Moby Dick and the Pequod, Moby Dick; Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin and Hobbes |  3rd place: The Old Lady, The Old Lady Who Swallowed the Fly  |  4th place: Hedwig, Harry Potter

Thanks to everyone who participated!

The 2023 Pumpkin Decorating Contest is now closed.

Decorate a giant gourd or pint-sized pumpkin. Dress it up whimsical or spooky-scary. You’re the artist for Deschutes Public Library’s Seventh Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Bring your favorite storybook character to life to fill our patch on display at participating Library locations*. It’s easy and fun for the whole family! All entrants will receive a library swag bag and the grand prize winners will receive an additional prize.

*Sunriver Library is unable to accept pumpkin this year as they will be in transition to the temporary mobile library site. Please deliver your pumpkin to the next closest library location or email a photo to

Important dates:

  • October 17–23: Deliver your pumpkin, with a completed entry form (available online here or in-person), to any Deschutes Public Library location during regular hours. No late or early submissions, please.
  • October 26-29: Vote online for your favorite pumpkin beginning October 26 at Voting closes Sunday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m. (One vote per person, please)
  • October 30: Winners announced online at noon
  • November 2: Retrieve your pumpkin by 5:00 p.m. (Remaining are discarded.)


  • Pumpkins must be inspired by a book or a character from a book
  • Participants may draw or paint on pumpkins, and attach/glue objects, paper, or materials of any kind.
  • Pumpkins may NOT be carved, cut, or hollowed out.
  • No candles, electrical devices, or vulgarity of any kind is permitted.
  • Complete both halves of the entry form. Entry forms available online beginning September 29, 2023 and at your library.
  • One entry per person

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