Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Solon Public Library is hosting a contest for the best decorated pumpkin, just in time for Halloween! Pick out the perfect pumpkin and get it all dressed up for the season!

 The Rules

  1. Pumpkins must be smaller than 8 inches in diameter.
  2. Pumpkins may NOT be carved or hollowed out.
  3. Paint, paper, and other craft materials or objects may be painted, pinned or adhered to the pumpkin to design or dress them up. Remember, do not hollow out your pumpkin.
  4. The main part of each entry must be a pumpkin or member of the pumpkin family.
  5. Each entry must have a title.
  6. All entries must be registered at the library by October 21 at 7 PM to be part of the voting process.
  7. Pumpkins may be taken home after the contest anytime between October 23 and October 30. Pumpkins must be picked up no later than October 30 at 5 PM. Pumpkins left after this time will be discarded.


Note: The Library reserves the right to dispose of any pumpkin(s) that starts to rot during the contest period.


Categories & Prizes

Kids: Birth to Grade 4 - Decorative Mug and Hot Cocoa Bomb
Teens: Grades 5 to 12 - Travel Mug and Hot Cocoa Bomb
Adults:  Age 18+ - $15 Gift Card to Good Vibes
Family:  All Ages - Wilson’s Apple Cider and Donuts

Please enter the pumpkin into the age group in which most of the participants fit. For example: If a parent is providing minimal help, the pumpkin may be entered into the Kids category, if a parent provides significant help, it should get placed in the Family category.



Judging will take place on the morning of October 22. 

Pumpkins will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Ingenious use of inexpensive materials
  • Suitability of the title
  • Quality of the work in light of participant’s age


Helpful Tips

  • Choose a firm pumpkin with no blemishes and make sure the stem is firmly attached.
  • Store pumpkin in a cool, dry place.
  • Before decorating, wash your pumpkin under running water to remove dirt and debris.
  • Use acrylic paint if you wish to paint your pumpkin.
  • Don’t carve your pumpkin as that will cause it to rot and disqualify you.
  • Use a glue gun or straight puns to attach decorations to your pumpkin.