See the winning pumpkin from our 2023 jack-o-lantern contest

Finalist: Mean Muggin’ by Emily C.

A girl carving a pumpkin.

May the best pumpkin win.

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The votes are in for the COLAtoday Pumpkin Carving Contest. Check out the pumpkins below, including the contest winner our readers voted for.

Winner: Mean Muggin’

Talk about some serious carving skills. We can’t decide which were more impressed by — the perfectly straight teeth or the expressive eyebrows. Nice job, Emily C.

Out of 514 votes, Mean Muggin’ received 291, garnering 57% of the votes.

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And the winner is... Mean Muggin’, created by reader Emily C. | You’ve got some killer carving skills.

Runner up: Butch the Grizzly Bear at Riverbanks Zoo

This gourd-geous painting of Butch the Grizzly Bear from the Riverbanks Zoo submitted by Alyssa C. has us roaring with excitement.

Out of 514 votes, Butch the Grizzly Bear at Riverbanks Zoo received 155, garnering 30% of the votes.

Fun fact — Alyssa C. used a teddy bear to create this pumpkin, and we think it was beary unique.

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Runner up goes to... Butch the Grizzly Bear at Riverbanks Zoo, created by Alyssa C. | Your pumpkin creativity is beary cool.

Take a look at the rest of our finalists this year and give them all a round of applause, because they were this year’s cream of the carving crop.


Consider us more than impressed. This ghoulish painted pumpkin submitted by James T. proves you don’t need to carve to create.

Happy COLAween

Put Cocky on a pumpkin and we’re guaranteed to like it. But that’s not even our favorite part of this painted design — peep the tombstone on the right side. This pumpkin was submitted by Brenna A.

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Left: Happy COLAween submitted by Brenna A.; Right: Mean Muggin submitted by Emily C.

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Left: Butch the Grizzly Bear at Riverbanks Zoo submitted by Alyssa C.; Right: Franken-lantern submitted by James T.

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