As part of our Halloween Spooktacular event this Saturday October 21, we are holding a pumpkin carving contest for kids. The voting for the best pumpkin will take place on Facebook. The grand prize is $250. The winner will be the entrant who posts their pumpkin picture that earns the most votes on the contest page at Midnight on Halloween!

Here are the rules, please review them carefully:

  1. Your child will carve their pumpkin at ShopSmart during our event this Saturday (11am-4pm). A parent or guardian must accompany and supervise each child during the pumpkin carving process. Children under six are not permitted to handle any sharp pumpkin carving tools. Parents are permitted to assist those younger children where pumpkin carving may be unsafe.
  2. When your child is finished carving your pumpkin, take a picture of your child with their pumpkin and post it to the contest page on Facebook here: You’ll have until Midnight on Saturday to post your picture.
  3. When you post the picture, you’ll receive a “picture sharing link” that you can share with your friends on Facebook. When a friend clicks on this link, it will let them vote for your picture. To win the contest, share this link a lot and ask for as many votes as you can get!
  4. You will have until Midnight on Halloween (Oct.31) to gather as many votes for your picture as you can.
  5. On Halloween at Midnight, the voting will shut off, and the picture with the most votes at midnight will win $250. We will then contact the winner via mobile, email and Facebook to setup a time to award the prize.


There will be pumpkin carving tools at the event. Do I need to sign a liability release for my child?

Yes. Each child’s parent or guardian will be required to sign a liability release for the opportunity to enter the contest.

Does ShopSmart provide the pumpkins, or should I bring my own?

To get the contest started, beginning at 11am, ShopSmart will be providing up to 250 pumpkins with carving tools to kids 2-12 years old, so if you show up late and you want to take part in the contest, bring your own pumpkin to carve! And costumes are highly encouraged!

Do I need to carve my pumpkin at ShopSmart in order to enter?

Yes, you’ll need to snap a picture of your kids carved pumpkin at ShopSmart on the day of the event in order to enter.

Does my kid have to be in the picture?

No, but if you plan on getting a lot of votes for your picture by sharing with your friends and family on Facebook, having your child dressed up holding or sitting next to the pumpkin will likely increase your vote count.

Can I post multiple pictures to the contest page? 

You could, but you may not want to. It will likely hurt your chances to win. Most of your votes will come from your Facebook friends voting by clicking on your “Picture Sharing Link“. If you have multiple pictures for your friends to vote on, you’ll be splitting up your votes, and hurting your chances to get the picture with the most votes!

How will you verify my child’s age?

We will be using the honor system. We want to provide a fun, family friendly event for our community. We won’t be asking for ID of any kind, but we hope that if you don’t have children 12 years or under, you’ll still join in the contest by going to the Facebook contest page and voting for your favorite pumpkin here: . Each child’s parent or guardian will be required to sign a liability release for entering the contest.

When will you announce the winner?

The winning picture will be the one that has accumulated the most votes as displayed on the contest gallery page at midnight on October 31. The winner will be announced sometime during the week of October 31.