See the winning pumpkin from our 2023 jack-o-lantern contest

See which pumpkins made it to the finals and which one was voted the favorite by INDYtoday readers.

A person holds a jack-o'-lantern in their lap, carving out the top of the pumpkin.

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The votes are in for our Pumpkin Carving Contest. Check out the pumpkins below, including the contest winner our readers voted for.

Winner: Pumpkin pup

We’re not surprised that this pumpkin won by 242 votes. What’s not to love about a pet portrait?

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Pumpkin Pup: a sketch of my dog, Tito.

Photo submitted by Clare C.

Finalist: The evil eye

This pumpkin will keep an eye on your packages and deter porch pirates. This pumpkin came in second place with 135 votes.

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The evil eye.

Photo submitted by Parisa F.

Finalist: Native princess

We loved seeing this gourd-geous Native princess + were wowed by the technique and detail of this carving. This pumpkin came in third place with 125 votes from our readers.

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Native princess.

Photo submitted by Nikki E.

Finalist: Shark-o-lantern

Don’t stick your hand in this pumpkin. This angry shark earned 62 votes from our readers.

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Photo submitted by Lucy L.

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