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Bernards Township’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest at Pumpkins in the Park!

Join Bernards Township Parks and Recreation at Dunham Park for Pumpkins in the Park!

There will be Free Apple Cider and Cider Doughnuts as well as fun activities for kids of all ages, including Pumpkin Rolling, Pumpkin Toss, Pumpkin Craft, Pumpkin Carving Contest Display, and a DJ hosting the Monster Mash Dance Party! Come dressed in your costume and be ready to have a spooktacular time!

Be part of the Pumpkin Carving Contest! Carve your very own Jack-O-Lantern and show it off to the town during our Pumpkins in the Park Event! Age Categories are 8-12 years old; 13-17 years old; 18+ years old. Trophies and Pumpkin treats will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category.

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There will also be a fan favorite!

Pumpkins will be judged on creativity, level of difficulty, and execution. Bring your carved pumpkin to Dunham Park between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Contest Rules/Reminders:

  • Entries must be registered for the contest by October 23rd, 2017 by 4:00pm.
  • Adults may offer assistance; however, children should do most of the work.
  • 1 pumpkin per participant.
  • Pumpkin design must be suitable for children and families.
  • No props can be used (other than small accessories as part of the design).
  • Pumpkin size cannot exceed 18 inches tall by 18 inches wide.
  • Patterns can be used.
  • Bernards Township Recreation will provide lights for pumpkins (please bring top of pumpkin).
  • Pumpkins must be picked up between 7:00pm and 7:30pm after the event is over!

For Pumpkin Carving registration form or for more information, please visit the Parks and Recreation Office or

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