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October: Once Upon a Pumpkin (Employees)

Once Upon a Pumpkin: No-Carve Decorating Contest

2023 Theme: Robots

Winning Pumpkin Team
2022 winning entry by Records & Advising



This contest is open to all full- and part-time employees at LSC-UP.  You can participate as part of a team (intra- or inter-departmental) or solo!



  • Sept. 18: Sign up period to reserve a pumpkin begins.
  • Sept. 29: Pick up your pumpkin from the library.
  • Oct. 23: Pumpkins are due first thing in the morning! Voting will start today and end on Oct. 30.
  • Oct. 31: Winner announced after one week of voting. If you want to keep your pumpkin, you may start picking them up in the afternoon.


  • No carving. You may use pins or staples to hold things in, but no cuts.
  • Pumpkins must adhere to the year's theme. You can be creative in your interpretation, but there must still be an apparent connection. (e.g. if the theme were "cars," a cat-styled pumpkin would not belong. On the other hand, the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro could!)
  • Pumpkins must be work-appropriate.
  • Participants are limited to current employees, full- or part-time, at LSC-UP. Student workers may also participate.

A special thanks to HEB at Vintage Park for donating the pumpkins, 2014-2021!

View entries from 2014: fairy tales, myths, legends theme  2015 entries: killers, thrillers, and chillers theme  2016 entries: sweets and treats theme  2017: science (mad or otherwise) theme

2018: superheroes (and villains) theme  2019: pets theme  2020 album  2021 photo album

2022 photo album   2023 album

 Get in the October spirit with our Spotify Halloween: Fun Edition and Spotify Halloween: Spooky playlists on Spotify!