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Open to All Ages, birth to 101!


Decorate a mini pumpkin inspired by your favorite book, movie, or television character and see it displayed in the Library windows and at the Browsers' Market!

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


Participation & Rules

To participate:

  • Pick up a Pumpkin Kit via Curbside Pick-up or at the Browsers' Market beginning Monday, October 12.

    • Kit includes a mini pumpkin, a copy of the rules and dates, Pumpkin ID form, and 6" paper plate.​

    • If you are unable to get to the library during Curbside or the Browsers' Market, please contact Casey at 978-897-1010 x102.

  • 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!)

  • Return the decorated mini pumpkins & a completed Pumpkin ID Form during the Curbside Pick-up hours (call when you get here) beginning Wednesday, October 14.



  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 the entire Pumpkin ID form. Lost the one from your kit? You can print one below or request one be included with your items during Curbside Pick-up.

  9. If you would like to pick up your pumpkins after they've been displayed, they will be available for Curbside Pick-up beginning November 6. The last day to pick up your pumpkin will be  November 13. 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 5:00 pm on the 13th will be thrown out.

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



  • October 12 - October 23, 2020: Pumpkin Kits will via Curbside Pick-up or during the Browsers' Market. Contact Casey at 978-897-1010 x102 if you are unable to pick-up a kit during those times.

  • October 14 - October 28, 2020: Pumpkins and completed Pumpkin ID Forms can be dropped off during Curbside Pick-up.

  • October 21 - November 6, 2020: Maynard Library Pumpkin Decorating Art Show will be on display in the Library's windows, social media, and at the Browsers' Market!

  • November 6 - November 13, 2020: Take your pumpkins home! 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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2019 Pumpkin Decorating Art Show

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
Dinosaur vs. The Library by Bob Shea
Unicorn & Yeti: Sparkly New Friends by Heather Ayris Burnell
"Not a Batman Pumpkin"
Horns to Toes and In Between by Sandra Boynton
Fried Feathers for Thanksgiving by James Stevenson
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton AND The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
My Neighbor Tortoro
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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

Participation, Rules, & Dates

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