The Fifth Annual Halolzween Pumpkin Carving Contest!

You know, things have been so crazy this month, I thought maybe this would be the first year I simply forgot to hold our annual video game pumpkin carving contest. But then we had this hurricane Sandy blow into the northeast yesterday, and while we here in Albany managed to take minimal damage from the massive storm, a lot of people on the east coast (including members of this community) have had to evacuate because their homes flooded and their property destroyed.

So despite it being the night before Halloween, we’ve partnered with Level Up Studios to issue you a challenge. Submit an original video game themed pumpkin carving for this year (in the next 24 hours) and Level Up will donate $10 to the American Red Cross Relief Effort for every entry received. It’s a tight deadline I know, but I also know a lot of you guys were expecting this contest and probably carved up some winners already!

And of course, we will be offering up some prizes for the top entries as well! I have no details on what those prizes will be, but this year we will do no themed categories… it’s a straight up video game themed free-for-all and our favorite entries will win some neat stuff!

On top of that, Level Up will be doing a promotion as well tomorrow where all the profits of anything ordered on October 31st will be donated to the same charity… so if there is some stuff over there you’ve been eyeing up (including our latest t-shirt), tomorrow would be a great day to put in an order!

Or of course if you would just like to straight up donate to the Red Cross, that would also be an amazing gesture!

So there you have it. I will try to post more details here before the end of the night… including how to submit your entries! But for now, get carvin’!

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Posted by Shawn Handyside on October 30, 2012 · 8:53 PM 
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85 Responses to “[CONTEST] The Fifth Annual Halolzween Pumpkin Carving Contest!”

  1. Vabolo on October 30th, 2012 8:43 pm

    Let the gourd times roll!

  2. Prof. Luigi on October 30th, 2012 9:02 pm

    Wait a bit, shawn! My pumpkins haven't grown yet.
    The H, A, L, O, and L shaped pumpkins have grown well in their molds but that Z is giving me SO MUCH TROUBLE!

  3. Prof. Luigi on October 30th, 2012 10:32 pm

    You sure are feeling punny tonight, eh Vabolo?

  4. Vabolo on October 30th, 2012 11:31 pm

    I'm punsatiable.

  5. poonstev on October 31st, 2012 12:03 am


  6. Zink120 on October 31st, 2012 12:04 am

    > 5th year
    Oh my god. I tried to make one back in the first year. I feel so old (and low-level at Pumpkin Carving)

  7. Vabolo on October 31st, 2012 12:15 am

    I'm punstoppable; when I play LoL, I get Puntakills.
    I'm punbeatable; witness my wordplaying skills!

    Making rhymes in time is a crime so sublime
    As clear as a punnywhistle in the mind's gutter
    You see, I'm a chime in the slime and the grime
    I'm the master of the iambic puntometer!

    <img src="; /img>

  8. MasterLuigi452 on October 31st, 2012 12:34 am

    If only I had Paypal account with Visa, I would be happy to donate.
    Too bad I use Debit card…

  9. Gratuitous Lurking on October 31st, 2012 1:01 am

    On the bright side, you had PLENTY of time to level it since then.

  10. Simply DA on October 31st, 2012 1:36 am

    [youtube 8PCp5xk-9Qo rel="nofollow"> youtube]
    Shawn, clearly, there is no contest.

  11. Shawn Handyside on October 31st, 2012 3:02 am

    Then get a cheap ass pumpkin and carve it! :D

  12. MasterLuigi452 on October 31st, 2012 3:31 am

    Which I don't have either!
    Nor the carving skills!

  13. Jimmy on October 31st, 2012 6:56 am

    This is why Canada is the "top hat" of America.

    MasterLuigi452 Y U NO HOW TO CARVE PUMPKINS?!?

  14. BootyBurner9000 on October 31st, 2012 7:52 am

    I hate to be 'that guy', but I refuse to donate to the Red Cross. They've been involved in way too many controversies and I worry the funds don't get where they need to. Any chance you could organize with/recommend another relief agency?

  15. HughbertEsq on October 31st, 2012 8:23 am

    Do pumpkin pies count?

  16. Cyndaquazy on October 31st, 2012 9:26 am

    No, but I heard they're good at Colonial Reenactments.

  17. Solar Boy Django on October 31st, 2012 11:39 am

    I tried to carve a pumpkin last night was originally going to do a video gamed themed one. Turned out so poorly I made it into Shrek instead… man I suck at carving.

  18. Solar Boy Django on October 31st, 2012 12:02 pm

    And I hate to be 'that guy' that down votes you for this but seriously? Even if their is controversies they still try to help. The majority of them at least I can't speak on behalf of all of them mind you but c'mon. Anyways I might try The Knights of Colombus. I'm not certain if they're doing anything this time I haven't looked into it yet but they try to help where they can most of the time.
    Edit: Also what place doesn't have controversies these days?

  19. Rexxmech on October 31st, 2012 12:04 pm

    He didn't say you have to be good. Cut out a rectangle and say it's a book of magic… or a scary brick, that's what I do.

  20. BootyBurner9000 on October 31st, 2012 12:30 pm

    Sorry, but no. I'm not having my 'good intentions' get pocketed for some corrupt volunteer's new iPhone.

    I'll research the Knights. Thanks.

  21. TomQuoVadis on October 31st, 2012 1:00 pm

    Knights are clean. :)

  22. MasterLuigi452 on October 31st, 2012 1:18 pm

    Also it's tedious to clean up the aftermath.

  23. TheTaurenRogue on October 31st, 2012 2:41 pm

    I just had to share this gem I found
    <img src="; />

  24. HughbertEsq on October 31st, 2012 4:05 pm

    Hold up y'all
    If these funds go to the Red Cross, can we be sure that the aid goes to the CARIBBEAN first and then the East Coast?
    Their shit got fucked other substantially more than New York.
    I just don't to be funding a Jade Goody or a Jimmy Savile here.

  25. Solar Boy Django on October 31st, 2012 4:13 pm

    I don't have the skills either Luigi but we can try together =D I tried crafting this
    <img src="; /img> The Moon from Guild Wars 1 and 2 during Halloween only and I made this <img src="; /img> Which was originally gonna be Frankenstein then I realized it looked more like "Shrek" so it's a Shrekolantern.

  26. Prof. Luigi on October 31st, 2012 6:35 pm

    Did you make that?

  27. AlexBoommaker on October 31st, 2012 7:19 pm

    Not sure if this will work, but I wanted to show off my crappy pumpkin all the same.


    [URL =][IMG][/IMG][/URL]

  28. Vabolo on October 31st, 2012 9:41 pm

    But don't you worry for thos poor, unfortunate souls that might see their beach houses get messed up a little bit?

  29. BaronVonLucas on November 1st, 2012 12:07 am

    so…..anyone figure out how to submit pictures yet?

  30. TomQuoVadis on November 1st, 2012 11:25 am

    Not related to the Pumpkin contest at all, but definitely Halloween related. This year I decided to dress up as the Engineer from TF2. I already had a blue, button-down collar shirt and blue overalls are easier to come by than brown ones, so I decided to be the BLU Engineer. One thing I didn't count on? Apparently BLU Engineer looks a lot like Bob the Builder, which the non-video game playing masses at my campus apparently thought I was trying to dress up as.

  31. Alpar on November 1st, 2012 12:15 pm

    On the downside, that would be assuming any of us are actually practicing except the contestants.

  32. Alpar on November 1st, 2012 12:18 pm

    Murrika: Completely responsible regarding priorities.

  33. Leo E. on November 1st, 2012 2:35 pm

    And I hate to be the guy who sounds angry at an internet comment, but seriously, take this bullshit elsewhere. People need help, and you're not going to give it to them on the off chance that some bad apples might pocket a few cents from the $10 that you gave?

    The Red Cross is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization, basically the very definition of charity. They've significantly increased their security, and have been performing background checks on every volunteer since 2006 to ensure nothing like that happens after some of the Katrina relief funds went missing.

  34. BootyBurner9000 on November 1st, 2012 2:48 pm

    Yeah, well here are three post 2006 stories about embezzlement in the Red Cross.

    Giving my money to these thieves is not helping. And neither are you. So blow off and come back when you have a few good charities to recommend.

  35. Alpar on November 1st, 2012 3:36 pm

    Gonna be as civil about this as possible, but to be honest, it's not like you're doing much either.

    It's not like Red Cross is COMPLETELY evil. I mean sure there's going to be corruptions but be honest, just because of an ambiguity, or perhaps a medial brainwashing, maybe even the latter, are you really gonna tell others to turn down what could be the chance to help those in need?

    I'm not saying you don't raise a valid point. You're just really doing it at the wrong place and time. Lastly mind you, this is essentially coming more out of Shawn and Level Up Studios' wallets than ours'.
    I would love to recommend an alternate option since we're all trying to focus on the same goal here, but unfortunately I don't have the power to give money to whoever I need or want to at the time.
    But if I did then Red Cross would immediately be one of my options. Because by principle like Leo, I think I'd rather be worried about money that could make it to those that need it than have to worry about a chance of the money being misused; something that's "universal" but not guaranteed. Catch the drift?

  36. BootyBurner9000 on November 1st, 2012 6:20 pm

    I’m not going to donate to the Red Cross and that is final. Deal with it.

  37. Mindlessinvalid on November 1st, 2012 6:23 pm

    I was ze spy. I was outrageously franch.
    I killed ze following people zat dey:
    1. Philip J. Fry
    2. A Filipino Prostitute
    3. The Phantom of the Opera
    4. Indiana Jones
    5. Zipperface
    6. Phili J. Fry
    7. A Filipino Prostitute
    8. Deadpool
    9. Mayes Hughs
    10. Mario
    11. Deadpool
    12. Deadpool
    13. A Naughty Nurse
    14. Deadpool
    15. The Enemy Medic
    16. A Filipino Prostitute
    17. Deadpool
    18. Axel
    19. Deadpool
    20. A Tanuki.

    I also sapped a dispenser or two. I've got a picture of the Indiana Jones one, but I'm waiting on footage of my other kills.

  38. Leo E. on November 1st, 2012 7:05 pm

    This is exactly my point. There will forever be people within organizations that do this stuff. And if you think you're gonna find an organization that doesn't, you're sorely mistaken. Read all of those articles; it's not the organization itself that's taking the money, but people within it embezzling it for themselves. You're going to punish the people who are already reeling from the hurricane because of someone else's greed?

    If you donate a few dollars, there's always the chance that some asshole will keep some of it for himself. Let's say you donate $3 and some dick embezzles $1. That's still $2 more for the relief fund. And of course, there's the far more likely possibility that all of your $3 will go where it's needed. But if you don't donate, then there's absolutely no chance of helping.

  39. BraveSirJimOfLawl on November 1st, 2012 7:30 pm

    How many Filipino prostitutes were there?

  40. TomQuoVadis on November 1st, 2012 7:41 pm

    Axel? Like from Twisted Metal? That's a hell of a costume!

  41. Alpar on November 1st, 2012 7:54 pm

    Pics or it didn't happen >:L

  42. Vabolo on November 1st, 2012 8:34 pm

    Does Deadpool count as one?

  43. Mindlessinvalid on November 1st, 2012 10:28 pm

    Kingdom Hearts Axel

  44. Mindlessinvalid on November 1st, 2012 10:29 pm

    It was the same Filipino prostitute, multiple times. I really wanted her dead.

  45. Mindlessinvalid on November 1st, 2012 10:30 pm

    Nah, since he's got Wolverine's bullshit "can't die, I'll just regenerate" thing going on, and also meta-awareness, I just keep backstabbing him and hoping it will take.

    If you want to get technical… deadpool doesn't count because he never actually died when I killed him.

  46. TomQuoVadis on November 1st, 2012 10:30 pm

    …stuck in the 90s? Who? Me? Surely you jest.

  47. Mindlessinvalid on November 1st, 2012 10:35 pm
  48. Mindlessinvalid on November 1st, 2012 10:39 pm

    I wish you had been right. That would have been awesome.

  49. Alpar on November 1st, 2012 10:43 pm

    When you said handsome this isn't what I envisioned.


  50. Mindlessinvalid on November 1st, 2012 10:54 pm

    There's a video of my prossie murdering spree that may or may not be uploaded in the near future. The girl who dressed as axel recorded the whole thing.

  51. Skrist on November 2nd, 2012 1:33 am

    That's why you cook it.

  52. MasterLuigi452 on November 2nd, 2012 2:49 am

    THAT'S the aftermath…

  53. Jimmy on November 2nd, 2012 11:59 am

    Now hold up man, it's not the organizations that are technically at fault. It's the people behind them (why you brought up the one article about the Brazilian Red Cross I'm not sure, but I'm going to stick to the American Branch). It's like politics. When there's a corrupt president, you don't castrate the entire government, you just impeach the person responsible. Two U.S. Presidents have been impeached: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. If you look at Bill Clinton, he was impeached because of the Monica Lewinsky trial and a number of other grievances. Yes, he represents the government (or rather a portion of it), but that doesn't necessarily mean that the ENTIRE organization is bad.

    There's just a few more rotten apples in the bunch. "Humans consist of equal parts hubis, envy, and deceit. Sometimes one has to put them in their place." -Poseidon from Kid Icarus: Uprising (That's spoken from a fictional God though, so don't go all "vigilante justice" on people.)

    As for myself, I've already made my contribution. (Before you say, "Attention whore", I had already made plans to donate ANYWAY to the Red Cross. All I really did was buy a shirt. I did it because the "charity month" idea seemed pleasant to me.)

  54. SirNumel on November 2nd, 2012 12:01 pm

    I think you eat pumpkins wrong.

  55. Alpar on November 2nd, 2012 2:34 pm

    We're Korean. We have an excuse to not be familiar with your so called pomp kens.

  56. Spaz Tzu on November 2nd, 2012 8:52 pm
  57. Mindlessinvalid on November 3rd, 2012 7:32 pm

    Especially if laced with madlax.

  58. Gratuitous Lurking on November 4th, 2012 4:17 am

    >Girl dressed as Axel

    Considering the Kingdom Hearts series, girls dressing up similar to guys is totally making sense.

  59. Montablac on November 4th, 2012 7:26 am

    i am the man who arranges the blocks…..

  60. Deep Thought on November 4th, 2012 1:02 pm

    Sir, you imply that there is in fact a wrong way to eat them.

  61. Alpar on November 4th, 2012 2:24 pm

    Is Shawn just doing other things again or is Halolz being broken and showing any new submissions for anyone else?

  62. Vabolo on November 4th, 2012 2:34 pm
  63. Jimmy on November 4th, 2012 10:23 pm

    Shawn is just being…well…Shawn. No new submissions yet.

  64. Sceptilianblade on November 4th, 2012 11:07 pm

    Maybe he's dead.

    Dibs on admin rights.

  65. Vabolo on November 5th, 2012 1:02 am

    Halolz: the new Halolz Forums aka the new Staccato?

  66. The Pualrus on November 5th, 2012 7:30 am

    *Slaps hand*
    No. Alpar gets the admin rights.

    Dibs on being Alpar.

  67. Jostimaster on November 5th, 2012 1:17 pm

    Alparbody can be an admin!

  68. BraveSirJimOfLawl on November 5th, 2012 9:44 pm

    And so began the 1st Age of Alpar.

  69. Mindlessinvalid on November 5th, 2012 10:10 pm

    Don't puntificate, you're punching our sensibilities,
    You're punishing us, with your puny punslaught,

    Your wordplay is shoddy, you're right it's a crime,
    A crime against the god of syntax, it's punbelieveable,
    that one man can do something so horrific that he views as sublime,
    You're a master alright, a master of mispunderstanding who has no equal.

  70. Solar Boy Django on November 6th, 2012 1:05 am

    If I didn't happen to be a sad sack of broke I too would donate… but as it stands I am and I can't donate plasma and blood sadly… even if I could it would take 3 months until I was accepted into being able to do it again… being broke with a car payement sucks.

  71. Solar Boy Django on November 6th, 2012 1:08 am

    Also here's the link to the KoC if you didn't find it yet
    figured I should follow up should've done this a while ago since I am part of them but I got distracted… sadly.

  72. Vabolo on November 6th, 2012 1:31 am

    Well then, let me

    reiterate to the irate substrate beneath the slate,
    elate the late in straits for they can't wait to prate,
    thinking they're so great, while merely kraits
    without hate, I merely state
    that after our date, they'll change their gait!

    Wondering how one could think they won,
    wonky rhymes, honky puns
    Wondering how puns so pungent
    could be said to be heaven-scent
    Great puntificate, fire your canons;
    I've seen better wordplay from anons!

    So gung-ho to lose the punshow,
    you go toe-to-toe at your foe
    but without the cleat of bleat,
    you'll only meet defeet!

    You claim to be dangerous,
    boy, you're just a punderbuss!

    <img src="; /img>

  73. Vabolo on November 6th, 2012 1:50 am

    Hey guys don't negate them other dudes just because they're contrary to me, that's how these poetry/rap/slam/pun/ohgodsomanypuns battles are supposed to go, or so have taught me Epic Rap Battles of History and MSPA. It's all done in cordiality, or as cordial as it gets between a switchblade and the damp, brick wall of a dark alley in the seedy part of town. You know, with the flower shop and stuff.

  74. Mindlessinvalid on November 6th, 2012 7:34 am

    Your words would sting, if they were actually clever,
    I keep hoping you'll learn but that time looks to be never,
    wisdom is a rare commodity I guess, it looks like it's time to lever…
    -age some superior running and punning,
    you don't see me relaxing, frolicking, or sunning,

    seriously man, just quit while you're ahead,
    your words keep coming out but their impact is dead,

    It's like you don't even know what a pun is,
    you're taking wordplay and shoving it where the sun is…
    not, it's really tragic, Oscar Wilde is crying, looking like a matchstick
    He's all burnt out, trying to wrap his head around your failure,
    so before you render judgement, looking all demure,
    remember that "defeet" I met is just the stench of your stale pun's odor.

  75. Mindlessinvalid on November 6th, 2012 7:35 am

    "seedy part of town"
    "flower shop"

    *has aneurysm at pun*

  76. Jimmy on November 6th, 2012 11:32 am

    It is now election day. Shawn has not posted a single new submission in a week (and damn it it's happened on more than one occasion. I need my daily dose of LOLZ). I propose we vote him out of the administrative position he's in and vote in Alpar.

    Need some "Brock Obama" jokes up in here we do.

  77. Vabolo on November 6th, 2012 1:34 pm

    Stale is the air that surrounds your share,
    I'm the Fresh Prince of Beaudelaire,
    It'll take more than moonshine to drown your whine,
    Maybe after a sea's rinse, I'll be fine!

    It takes subtly, you see, to make puns bloom;
    Your words are like the elephant in the room,
    Eagerly and rapidly laughing in the loom
    But absurd, as it walks to the light of its doom!

    To add insalt to injury,
    You pepper me with your mockery;
    Being too wise to fall for such vice,
    I'll table my wrath at your despice

    So let me rap this up, finally,
    To all of those who are and be
    And in one grand slam I'll can you up,
    So conserve your energy, drink from your stirrup cup,
    For if being pickled doesn't tickle your fancy,
    You should have used fresh beets, you nancy!

    <img src="; width="350" /img>

  78. HughbertEsq on November 6th, 2012 3:02 pm
  79. Vabolo on November 6th, 2012 3:11 pm

    It looks like a TF2 parody, but it tastes of Call of Duty.

  80. BootyBurner9000 on November 7th, 2012 9:21 am

    Thanks Django.

  81. Alpar on November 7th, 2012 7:05 pm

    I don't understand why you insist I have so much power over this site other than my meaninglessly yet ridiculously huge E-peen but if we're gonna be under the rule of some Asian guy then I get dibs on Paulrus.

  82. Gratuitous Lurking on November 8th, 2012 5:15 am

    Apparently Halolz's other occupation is the Alpar Leigon.

  83. Gratuitous Lurking on November 8th, 2012 5:16 am

    It also tastes like copyright claims.

    For fuck's sake…

  84. Limelight on November 9th, 2012 4:35 pm

    Is… is that watermelon inside a pumpkin? Wow.

  85. BaronVonLucas on November 10th, 2012 10:10 am

    any updates about this?

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