Open to All Ages, birth to 101!


Decorate a mini pumpkin as your favorite book, movie, or television character and display it at the library in the Roosevelt Room!

Pumpkins supplied by the library thanks to the Friends of the Library!

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Participation & Rules

To participate:

  • Pick up a Pumpkin Kit at the Circulation Desk beginning October 7.*

    • Kit includes a mini pumpkin, a copy of the rules and dates, Pumpkin ID form, and plate.​

  • Decorate your mini pumpkin to look like a book or movie character, a scene from a movie, a book cover, or a famous person. (We'll pair it with its inspiration for the Art Show!)

  • Bring the decorated mini pumpkin and a completed Pumpkin ID form to the library the week of October 21!


*If you aren't able to decorate a mini pumpkin at home, decorate one at the Pumpkin Decorating event on Monday, October 21 and leave it at the library for the Art Show.


  1. One mini pumpkin per person or group.

  2. You can decorate as an individual, group, family, or team.

  3. NO HOLES!!! To avoid rotting pumpkins, please do not cut, carve, or hollow out your pumpkin.

  4. No candles or electrical devices, including battery operated.

  5. No vulgarity of any kind permitted - this is a family art show!

  6. Objects, paper, and materials of any kind except food may be glued to the pumpkins. You can also paint or draw on your pumpkins.

  7. Your decorated pumpkin should fit on the plate included in the Pumpkin Kit. You are welcome to decorate the plate.

  8. Fill out both parts of the Pumpkin ID form. Lost the one from your kit? You can print one below or pick up a copy at the circulation desk.

  9. Pumpkins should be picked up by 9:00 pm on Thursday, November 14. Please note, any pumpkins that rotted prior to the pick-up deadline will be thrown out (because, yuck) and any pumpkins not picked up by 9:00 pm on the 14th will be thrown out.

  10. Staff reserve the right to reject any pumpkins that do not follow these rules!



  • October 7, 2019 - October 23, 2019: Pumpkin Kits will be available at the Circulation Desk.

  • October 21, 2019: Pumpkin Decorating event, 1:00 - 4:00 pm in the Storytime Room. If you haven't had a chance to decorate a pumpkin at home, decorate one during the event! Pumpkins and supplies provided.

  • October 21 - October 26, 2019: Pumpkins and completed Pumpkin ID forms can be dropped off at the Circulation Desk.

  • October 28 - November 8, 2019: Maynard Library Pumpkin Decorating Art Show will be on display in the Roosevelt Room!

  • November 14, 2019: Last day to pick up your pumpkin! Any pumpkins left unclaimed will be thrown out. 

Looking for ideas?

Check out these pumpkins!

Pete the Cat
Photo credit: paintingincarlsbad
Captain Underpants & Greg Heffley
Photo credit: Preschool Inspirations
Disney Tsum Tsums
Photo credit: Reddit /u/ kenliri
Book Character Collage
Photo Credit: Deschutes Public Library
Mrs. Potts
Photo credit: unknown
Photo credit: Estreno Casa
Disney's Up
Photo credit: Elizabeth Clawson-Sanders
The Lorax
Photo credit: Currituck County High School
The Lorax
Photo credit: paintingincarlsbad
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Click on the links to download or open a pdf version of the Pumpkin ID Form and Rules.

Pumpkin ID Form - This should appear as a half-sheet document. 

Participation, Rules, & Dates

Maynard Public Library 77 Nason Street Maynard, MA 01754 Phone 978-897-1010