GLEN ROCK, NJ - A timeless tradition, carving a pumpkin at Halloween. Memories of newspaper on the table, a 12-inch pumpkin, a large carving knife that only mom got to use, and lots of pumpkin guts to pull out.

It's more fun now than ever! Especially with Glen Rock Chamber of Commerce Great Pumpkin Contest in which competitor's will have their pumpkins line Rock Road outside businesses, and with social distancing and face coverings, everyone can vote on the best pumpkins within the categories listed below on October 31 with local businesses offering prizes. And everyone is welcome, even non-residents of Glen Rock.

Carved and/or decorated pumpkins must be dropped off on Friday, October 30 at the Creative Den, 216 Rock Road, between 3 and 5 p.m. or Saturday, October 31 between 9 and 10 a.m. Voting begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 31 using the bar code on the flyer which will be posted at each store where a pumpkin is on display.

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No pumpkin? TAPinto is offering a free pumpkin (while supplies last) to those who sign up for free enews. Email to request a pumpkin by Thursday, Oct. 22.

There are several categories of decorating (carving/painting or your creative choice) with prizes, including:

Scariest - $25 giftcard from the Glen Rock Inn

Best Character - $25 giftcard from Curious Reader

Most Creative - $25 giftcard from Creative Den

Best Engineered - $25 giftcard from Bergen IT LLC

Prettiest - $25 giftcard from Petal Dust Cakery

Funniest - $25 giftcard from Jalapeno's Mexican Grille

Most Welcoming - $25 giftcard

Best In Show - $25 giftcard from Francesca Brick Oven Pizza

Stay tuned for more information about Glen Rock's Spooktacular, which includes events all day on Halloween!