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2021 Pumpkin Painting Contest in Brandon, MS

Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

My pumpkin carving talents are limited, and let's be honest; scooping the "brains" out of a Jack-o-lantern can get pretty messy.

The secret for carving pumpkins has eluded me, but I admire the looks of painted pumpkins. Since painting and creativity appeal to me, the idea of a pumpkin painting contest was born.

The contest ran for a couple of weeks on Facebook. I created videos and encouraged adults as well as children to get involved. The goal was fun, fun, fun! And I wanted to increase my Facebook followers on my business page

The rules were simple: Like my Facebook page, tag a friend, and take a selfie with your painted pumplin. Carving was discouraged.

The entries were all good, but at the last minute a client's 12 year old submitted a pumpkin design I could not resist. It was 3 stacked ceramic pumpkins fashioned into a lamp. She designed and painted it herself, and took it a step further by adding skeleton hands to each pumpkin.

Unpainted pumpkin lampPainted pumpkin

Lily was excited to win the contest, as any 12 year old would be, but you should have seen her eyes when I presented her with her prize, a ghost pumpkin filled with assorted Halloween candies. Even better, she was in costume and her home was one of the best dressed Halloween home on the block.

I called her mom and arranged to be at Lily's home by 5:30, just as the Trick-or-Treaters began circling the neighborhood. Most municipalities decided to have Trick-or-Treat last night and Rankin and Madison County Sheriffs Department were out in full force to keep our children safe. It was so fun seeing all the kiddos in costume while parents kept a watchful eye from the street.

Winner of the Pumpkin Painting Contest

Can you guess Lily's costume? I admit having to Google it; but at least I had a hint. Her character is "Sally" from Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas.

The contest was fun, and one I may have to repeat next year. 


Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kit Cat Pat,  thanks for sharing this great blog with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!

Oct 31, 2021 10:59 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Now Will Hamm, it's been a long time since anyone called me that 😃. Thanks for the chuckle.

Oct 31, 2021 11:04 AM
PeterMark SEO
PeterMarkSEO - Holiday, FL
Real Estate Technology, SEO Web Development

Nice, did you get more Facebook followers on the page?

Oct 31, 2021 11:50 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Pat that is a very creative costume, she really gets into the spirit of Halloween.

Oct 31, 2021 04:56 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

I saw many extravagent Halloween costumes this year. Lily's mom did a great job on the makeup. The character's body was painted blue, plus she had "scars" painted around her face and neck. 

Oct 31, 2021 06:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Pat- I love this and loved the pumpkins that Lily created!!! Have to ask how many entries you had!!! And yes, I think you should repeat it next year!!

Oct 31, 2021 06:31 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Pat - I have never claimed any expertise in the pumpkin-carving category but rank better when it comes to admiring creativity.  There are plenty of examples of talent on display in your post.  

Nov 01, 2021 04:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Those are gorgeous painted pumpkins, Pat. I've never carved one... nor have I ever painted one (then again my artistic talent is sorely missing).

Nov 01, 2021 06:21 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

How creative, imaginative and fun for you, your Facebook Friends and, especially, Sally (er, I mean Lily), the winner.

Nov 01, 2021 12:20 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Thank you John Juarez. Lily was thrilled, and I had fun, too.

Nov 01, 2021 06:50 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there Pat! And I can remember when a custome was a flimsy shirt with a stfling carboard mask. LOL

Nov 01, 2021 05:28 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty

Rocky Dickerson Same! Even worse, those plastic suffocating masks. You couldn't walk far because you had no vision plus two pin holes to breathe through. :)

Nov 01, 2021 06:49 PM