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

These reader-submitted pumpkins were gourd-geous

Artistically carved and dressed pumpkins

Photos by Loren P. and Florence B.

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You’ve scooped the seeds and made masterpieces out of pumpkins. Now it’s time for us to reveal the contest winners from our Pumpkin Carving Contest. Check out the two winning pumpkins, selected by our City Editors, Katie and Jeff, below.

A pumpkin featuring a carved Louisville Cardinal head

Louie the Cardinal

Photo submitted by Loren P.

Winner: Best LOU Spirit

Fun fact: In the 1950s, the first Louie the Cardinal mascot costume was made of paper mache. Now, thanks to reader Loren P., Louie’s made a glow up. With the Cardinals football team ranked in the Top-25, we love Loren’s timely LOU spirit. Go Cards.

Two pumpkins, dressed as people, including eyes, noses, mouths, ears, shoes and accessories.

Louie & Ville Pumpkin-head

Photo submitted by Florence B.

Winner: Most Heads Up Pumpkin(s)

Move over Mr. Potato Head — Congrats to reader Florence B. for this pumpkin pair plump with personality. “Louie” and “Ville” look like they’re ready to head out to the Spring Street Fall Festival or another event happening around Derby City this weekend.

Thanks to everyone who submitted their pumpkins in the contest. We think they would all fit in at nicely at the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois Park, which runs through Halloween.

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