Blizzard has posted news about their annual pumpkin carving contest. The top five best entries score an iPad, but we encourage you to enter all the same. Here’s the official post.

    As a part of a longstanding Blizzard Entertainment tradition, we are pleased to announce our eighth annual pumpkin-carving contest. We’re putting out a call to all talented carvers to sharpen their spoons and hollow out a fantastic, frightening, or just plain funny pumpkin inspired by the Warcraft, StarCraft, or Diablo game universes.

    We will be accepting pumpkin contest entries between 11:00 a.m. PDT on October 15 and 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 27. Those who submit the most outstanding photos of their work will have their pictures proudly displayed on our community websites. In addition, the crafters of the five most interesting, original, and well-carved pumpkin designs will each be recognized for their merits with a 64 GB iPad!

    Check out the contest page for additional details, including the official rules and submission form. Good luck!

    If you want to view some past pumpkin-carving contest winners, you can see them here:

    Virtually all of the winners in recent years have been WoW or SC-themed pumpkins, so it would be great if some of you guys could help turn that tide. Diablo’s imagery seems more deserving of scary recreation into gourds and besides, Diablo jack ‘o lanterns were popular before WoW even existed! We gave prizes to one in our Halloween contest in 1999, years before WoW and long before Blizzard thought to start their own pumpkin contest. Amusingly, those same pictures were submitted to Blizzard’s contest in 2007. And got an honorable mention!

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