Richmond’s favorite pumpkins

Cast your vote for the winner of RICtoday’s Pumpkin Carving Contest

a pumpkin bearing the rictoday logo

The river city’s got its fair share of spooky squash and ghoulish gourds.

Photo by RICtoday

We asked all pumpkin-carving Richmonders to share their Halloween handiwork with us, and y’all did not disappoint. We’re crowning three champs for the RICtoday Carving Contest.

Most Lifelike — “A Punkin in a Homegrown Pumpkin”

A baby sitting inside a pumpkin

“A punkin in a homegrown pumpkin.”

Photo via Madeleine Wagner

Now this is some really impressive work. That jack-o'-lantern looks just like a human baby — and a super cute one at that. Thanks to Madeleine W. for this tiny little submission.

Best Local Pride — “Smiles for Spiders”

RIC spider pumpkin.jpeg

“A punkin in a homegrown pumpkin.”

Photo via Dave Cummings

Now these are some Richmond jack-o'-lanterns. We can only assume all three of the pumpkins above graduated from UR, given their enthusiasm for spiders. Keep an eye out next time you’re at Robins Stadium for a football game — these jolly jack-o-lanterns could be anywhere. Thanks to Dave C. for this submission.

Best Variety — “3 Generations”

Three jackolanterns side by side

“Three generations”

Photo via Brenda Lachance Owens

We have to hand it to this generational set of jack-o'-lanterns — pumpkin carving must run in the family! These detailed carvings would turn any porch into a trick-or-treating hotspot. Thanks to Brenda L.O. for sending these our way.

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