CRANFORD, NJ – The 5th Annual Great Pumpkin Carve Out will return to Cranford this month along with a movie screening at Hanson Park.

The event is a chance for pumpkin carvers of all ages to enter their creations in a contest. Following the contest, all pumpkins will be set up along walkways in Hanson Park to allow for individual viewing.

“I saw a carving contest and all the pumpkins were massed together and no one pumpkin stood out,” event organizer Deb Leber of the Jersey Central Art Studios said. “I thought it would be cool to treat every pumpkin like it was a work of art, giving it its own stand as if it were in a gallery.”

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To participate, simply carve a pumpkin, fill out a registration form, and deliver them to the Hanson House, 38 Springfield Avenue earlier in the day. The pumpkins will be on their own lit pedestals later that night, once it’s dark.

“We welcome anyone’s creation, from young to older adults who used to do this every Halloween,” Leber said. “We have gotten some fantastic displays. We also give prizes for funniest, scariest and most original in age groups of 4-8, 9-12, 13-17 and 18 and older.”

During the stroll, the 1954 film “THEM!” will play on a giant screen in Hanson Park with mulled cider available for purchase.

“I thought it would be good to give people something else to do while they were there visiting so we thought we could show a movie,” Leber said. “But not just any movie, it had to be one that was old. We started off with Frankenstein.”

The Great Pumpkin Carve Out will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. Carvers can drop off their pumpkins earlier in the day, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and pick them up earlier.

The event is organized by Jersey Central Art Studios with the assistance of volunteers, the Cranford Jaycees, Hanson Park Conservancy and the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.

The event is free of charge, but registration is required. To register, click here or pick up a registration form at the Cranford Community Center.