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Mayor's Pumpkin Carving Contest

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Parks and Recreation

Share photos of your jack-o'-lanterns with the Boston Parks Department and we will share our favorites on social media. Enter the contest for your chance to win a prize!

Here's how to get involved:

  1. Carve! Create your jack-o'-lantern. Need inspiration? Download one of our Parks-themed stencils!
  2. Compete! Enter Mayor Walsh's Pumpkin Carving Contest.
  3. Compost! Drop your pumpkin off at a convenient location around the city.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

We know that people spend a lot of time and effort carving their pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns this time of year. The Boston Parks Department wants to make sure that all the artistry is recognized.

First prize winners in each category will get an iPad provided by Xfinity.

Pumpkin Carving Contest Rules:
  • Submit your jack-o'-lantern through our online form.
  • Get creative! (No need to use our stencils. Use your own design!)
  • Contest submissions will be accepted starting October 15, 2020, and will conclude on October 31, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Winners will be chosen and prizes will be awarded for each of 3 categories:
    • 1. Most creative
    • 2. Scariest
    • 3. Boston-Parks themed

Enter the Contest

Download contest Rules

Feed the Monster

Join us for some spooky composting events. Feed the Monster your pumpkins and know that your jack-o'-lanterns are going to serve as soil in a Boston community garden:

Feed the monster