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Halloween Pumpkin Contest

  • Let’s give downtown Gresham a spooky and fun glow for Halloween this year. Join the City for the first Gresham Jack-o'-Lantern Contest.

    Participants can choose from free pumpkins offered at City Hall or supply their own perfect pumpkins.

    The judging takes place on Halloween at the Gresham History Museum from 4:00-6:00 pm. Come see all the pumpkins displayed around the museum. Mayor and Council will select five winners of the contest. Winners will receive a $100 cash card provided by local partner, Gresham Unitus Community Credit Union. You do not have to be present to win; winners will be notified by phone or email.


    Free pumpkins and carving kits (while supplies last) will be available for pickup at Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway. 

    Pumpkin pickup dates:
    Friday, Oct. 14, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
    Saturday, Oct. 15, 8:00 am-noon

    1. Get creative! Using real pumpkins, participants may carve, paint, or decorate their pumpkins for the competition. Multiple pumpkin entries are allowed.  

    Sign up to participate

    2. Email this information to

    1. Name of participant:
    2. Phone number:
    3. Email:
    4. Contest category:
    5. Brief description of design:
    6. Age of participant:

    3. Deliver completed pumpkins to City Hall.

    Pumpkin drop-off dates*

    Friday, Oct. 28, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
    Monday, Oct. 31, 8:00 am-3:00 pm
    *All pumpkins must be delivered to City Hall by 3:00 pm to make sure they make it to the Gresham History Museum in time for the Safe Trick-or-Treat event.

    Contest categories

    1. Best Painted, Carved, or Decorated jack-o-lantern (ages 12 and younger)
    2. Best Painted, Carved, or Decorated jack-o-lantern (ages 13+)
    3. Largest and Most Creative painted, carved, or decorated jack-o-lantern
    4. Gresham’s Best, a jack-o-lantern design inspired by Gresham
    5. Fan Favorite, presented by Unitus Community Credit Union

    Winners will be shared on the City’s social media and notified by phone or email of their prizes. For more information, email or call 503-618-2264.