The Halloween season is Bridgehampton would be incomplete without the Bridgehampton Lions Club's annual pumpkin carving contest, which brings out the creativity of local amateur carvers and provides entertainment for kids and adults alike.
The contest returns on Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Community House, with entries in more than a dozen themed categories — plus the highly competitive freestyle categories. Prizes range from $20 to $250.
A few of the returning categories are pulp politico, freaky facelift, mythic monstrosity and farmstand freakout. New categories include wicked wiccan, totem of terror and Rumpelfrumpkin.
There is no age limit on theme categories. For the freestyle category, there is an all ages division and a 12 and younger division.
Admission and entries are free, but there is a maximum of three entries per person and one per category.
The Lions Club suggests that entrants creating a scene out of multiple pumpkins place their entry on a board, so it can be picked up and carried to the winners table if it places in the top three.
No carving is allowed on the grounds, so all entries must be complete before arrival. Judging begins at dusk, and entries must be taken home after the event ends. Entrants must provide their own candles.
Judging starts at dusk/dark so don’t be too late. All entries should be taken home after the contest. Please bring a candle for each of your entries.
There will be a puppet show by Liz Joyce and Goat on a Boat Theatre, and cider and doughnuts provided by The Milk Pail.
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