Chronicle jack-o’-lantern contest winners speak

A jack-o’-lantern imprisoned in its own shell won a subscription to the Chronicle for Meredith Holch.  It was one of 48 entries in the 2013 Great Chronicle Jack-o’-lantern Contest held Sunday at the Barton Memorial Building.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

A jack-o’-lantern imprisoned in its own shell won a subscription to the Chronicle for Meredith Holch. It was one of 48 entries in the 2013 Great Chronicle Jack-o’-lantern Contest held Sunday at the Barton Memorial Building. Photo by Joseph Gresser

by Natalie Hormilla

“You have to look at the pumpkin, and see what it tells you,” said Lila Winstead of Glover, about one of her rules of pumpkin carving.

Ms. Winstead is usually a winner at the Chronicle’s annual jack-o’-lantern contest, and 2013 was no exception.

She was one of three winners in the adult category this year.  She won with a smaller pumpkin that featured an intricately carved face.

“That’s my fallback,” she said.  “Every year, I think, it should be a face.”

There was also the matter of practicality in coming up with her idea.

“I was tired, and I couldn’t think of a big project, and I do indeed have rules — I’m a classicist.”

The jack-o’-lantern face is meant to sit by the front door of a house to keep away gremlins this time of year, Ms. Winstead said.

“In my heart of hearts, that’s what I really believe, that the pumpkin is a face.  Nice things should not be depicted on the face.  Sweet things — that’s not Halloween.” Continue reading

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Halloween 2012

Shown here are winners of the Chronicle’s jack-o’-lantern contest in 2012 and some of the winning entries all lit up.  For good measure we have added a photo from the Barton Senior Center’s Halloween party.  The group had a pumpkin pie contest and costume contest.

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Adam Cook and Lindsay McCaw won the Don Sunseri prize for best jack-o’-lantern of the year at the 2012 Chronicle Great Jack-o’Lantern Contest. Photos by Joseph Gresser

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The prize winning carvers: Standing behind the table from left to right, are Anaka Maher, most original; Frances Muller, scariest; Aiden Maher, biggest runner-up; Zack Belmore, scariest runner-up, and Zoe Young biggest. In the front row from left to right are Cierra Cole whose two pumpkins won honors as most original runner-up and most spooked (the third pumpkin near her was carved by her brother Josh Cole, who was ill and could not attend, his was deemed most amazing), Meg Gibson, adult winner, Dayna Knights, funniest, Kelby Knights, most amazing runner-up, Lindsey McCaw, Tripp Roberge, most spooked runner-up; Maia Young, great costume; Adam Cook who, with Ms. McCaw won the Don Sunseri prize; Lila Winstead adult winner and David Bailey, adult winner. Missing from the photo were adult runner-up Michelle Lussier and Brandon Butler, whose pumpkin was the runner-up in the funniest category. Photos by Joseph Gresser

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Anaka Maher’s portrayal of the Simpsons garnered recognition as the most original pumpkin in the show. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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David Bailey fashioned this disreputable character from a miniature pumpkin.

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Zack Belmore made the lantern judged second scariest of the year.

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Bert Francke’s elaborate Jack-o’-lantern casts its eyes upward toward its crown of pinwheels. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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Simplicity is the hallmark of Linda Elbow’s work. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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Meg Gibson won one of three adult prizes for this beautifully crafted jack-o"lantern. Photo by Joseph Gresser

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Zoë Young’s creation won honors as biggest in show. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Adam Cook and Lindsay McCaw won the Don Sunseri prize for best jack-o’-lantern of the year at the 2012 Chronicle Great Jack-o’Lantern Contest.  Photos by Joseph GresserThe prize winning carvers:  Standing behind the table from left to right, are Anaka Maher, most original; Frances Muller, scariest; Aiden Maher, biggest runner-up; Zack Belmore, scariest runner-up, and  Zoe Young biggest.  In the front row from left to right are Cierra Cole whose two pumpkins won honors as most original runner-up and most spooked (the third pumpkin near her was carved by her brother Josh Cole, who was ill and could not attend, his was deemed most amazing), Meg Gibson, adult winner, Dayna Knights, funniest, Kelby Knights, most amazing runner-up, Lindsey McCaw, Tripp Roberge, most spooked runner-up; Maia Young, great costume; Adam Cook who, with Ms. McCaw won the Don Sunseri prize; Lila Winstead adult winner and David Bailey, adult winner.  Missing from the photo were adult runner-up Michelle Lussier and Brandon Butler, whose pumpkin was the runner-up in the funniest category.  Photos by Joseph GresserAnaka Maher’s portrayal of the Simpsons garnered recognition as the most original pumpkin in the show.  Photo by Joseph GresserDavid Bailey fashioned this disreputable character from a miniature pumpkin.Zack Belmore made the lantern judged second scariest of the year.Bert Francke’s elaborate Jack-o’-lantern casts its eyes upward toward its crown of pinwheels.  Photo by Joseph GresserSimplicity is the hallmark of Linda Elbow’s work.  Photo by Joseph GresserMeg Gibson won one of three adult prizes for this beautifully crafted jack-o"lantern.  Photo by Joseph GresserZoë Young’s creation won honors as biggest in show.  Photo by Joseph Gresser
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