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Halloween is right around the corner and so is one of its main features: pumpkins! Join us in celebrating Halloween with your family at home by participating in Harrisonburg Parks and Jack O Lantern Contest FlyerRecreation’s Jack-O-Lantern Contest! Not only will you have a blast participating, top entries will win a prize!

Competition Guidelines:

Get Creative! As long as you are using a pumpkin, you can create anything! Multiple pumpkin's allowed per entry.

  • Email a photo of your Jack-O-Lantern Contest entry anytime before Friday, October 23, 2020 (extended!) Thursday, October 29, 2020 to parks-programs@harrisonburgva.gov. Feel free to also send a photo of your family creating the Jack O Lantern Contest entry if you would like. Be sure to include the following in your email:
    • Your Name
    • Your Phone Number
    • Your Email Address
    • The Name of Your Jack O Lantern Contest Entry
    • Your entry photo
    • Permission for us to post your photo to our Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Facebook and Instagram

Announcement of Jack O Lantern Contest Winners will be released on Halloween, Saturday, October 31, 2020!

Entry must be appropriate and inappropriate entries will be disqualified. This is a family fun community event!

Top Entries Will Win:

  • Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Swag Bag
  • Choice of (All Valid through December 31, 2021):
  • Day Pass to Recreation Fitness Room or Westover Pool Lap Swim
  • Free Bucket of Heritage Oaks Golf Course Range Balls
  • Free Round of Golf at Heritage Oaks Golf Course
  • Free Shelter Rental
  • Free Class Registration
  • Free Facility Room Rental

Ideas for Materials you May Use:

  • Pumpkin (any size)
  • Paint, Carving Tools
  • Accessories to Build Character (Pumpkin seeds, fabrics, Halloween crafting supplies, etc.)
  • Metal or Plastic T-Post, Sticks, etc. for standing structure (if necessary)
  • Waterproof Stuffing (trash bags, leaves, etc. if necessary)
  • Jack-O-Lantern Costume/Clothing (if necessary)

You do not need to use a candle flame to illuminate your Jack O Lantern. You may decide to use battery/solar/electric powered lights, glow sticks, etc. Remember safety first.

Where can your entry be?

  • On the porch
  • In the garden
  • In your apartment/house 
  • In your dorm

We look forward to seeing what you create!