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’!




Posted by Shawn Handyside on October 30, 2012 · 8:53 PM 
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Halolzween 2011 Pumpkin Carving Contest Runners-Up

Yes, finally… I have some contest runners-up to post! Sorry for the delay but Fred and I were out of town until Nov 7th for Youmacon and we fell a bit behind! It was a tough decision as we had a lot of favorites, but we decided to limit ourselves to ten runners-up this year:

Uber Pimpkin by CG
Nyan Over The Moon by ZombieFembot
Gish Pumpkin by OmeletGood
Hey Listen! by Kyasuri
Item Triforce by LadyFiede
TF2 Scream Fortress Pumpkin by K-Stop
GLaDOS by Sussi
The Crashers by Saxon216
Haberdashpionage by UDNTNOME
Locust Meatshield by XV Mr 14 VX

These folks all win a shirt of their choice from Level Up Studios!

Again, there were many more favorites we would’ve liked to pick… but we really had to limit ourselves! However if you submitted an entry this year and included a mailing address you’ll be receiving a small bonus prize just for entering!

Congrats to everyone for another successful year of vegetable artistry! You guys are truly amazing!




Posted by Shawn Handyside on November 12, 2011 · 4:42 AM 
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Yes! Yes! We’ve finally got some winners for ya! Emily, Fred and I put our collective heads together and have named the following entries as our grand prize winners! These winners will receive the respect of their peers, along with that juicy Level Up Studios store credit!

Halolzween Winner AU 313

Our most creative winner this year was Primevil with his amazing pumpkin rendition of Metroid Prime 3’s Aurora Unit 313! You may remember some of his previous work when he won prizes in our first year and second year contest with his impressive Metroid themed carvings! Who knows what Metroid themed thing we’ll see next year!

Halolzween Most Detailed Winner

Our most detailed winner this year was ceemdee, who for a second year swept the category with her incredibly beautiful carvings! We featured these three in particular because each judge had a favorite… Emily voted for “Bastion,” Fred voted for “Ico” and Shawn voted for “Minesweeper.” However you have to admit that all her entries were extremely well done!

Halolzween Most Humorous WInner 2011

And finally our most humorous winner this year was “Pumpkin Gaiden” by newcomer Sir Zebulon Anselm Löwe lll! His Ryu Hayabusa pumpkin literally destroyed the competition, along with most of his front yard!

Congratulations again to all our grand prize winners, and stay tuned for our next post where we will announce our eight runner-up winners!




Posted by Shawn Handyside on November 1, 2011 · 10:09 PM 
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Hoooooly crap… 50 entries even with my super last notice? I AM IMPRESSED.
Sorry we’re getting this up on the site… these guys take a lot longer to go through than you might think! Also, y’know… had to take the three year old trick or treating! Anyway here are this years amazing entries! Our judges this year… myself, Fred and Emily will pick our winners and announce them tomorrow! Good luck!

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Posted by Shawn Handyside on October 31, 2011 · 11:55 PM 
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The Fourth Annual Halolzween Pumpkin Carving Contest!

What do you mean Halloween is in three days? That… can’t be right. I mean, surely I would have posted information about our annual Halolzween Pumpkin Carving Contest far sooner than that! Wait I didn’t? Fffffffffffffffff (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

Oh wait, no… this was totally intentional! For this is The Fourth Annual SPEED RUN Halolzween Pumpkin Carving Contest! Yes! This totally intentional contest will test your skills in last minute pumpkin video game pumpkin carving! Are you up to the challenge? Probably not but lets do it anyway!

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Posted by Shawn Handyside on October 29, 2011 · 12:39 AM 
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HALOLZ.com Third Annual Halolzween Pumpkin Carving Contest

Yes, I am FINALLY posting the details on this years Halolz pumpkin carving contest!
No I didn’t forget about it! I’ve just been dragging my feet! :O

Anyway for those unfamiliar with it, this is our third annual “Halolzween Pumpkin Carving Contest” which is a chance for you Halolz submitters to get your hands dirty and see who can come up with the most creative, detailed and original video game themed Halloween pumpkins!

If you think you have what it takes to make a kick-ass video game Halloween pumpkin (and want to receive some fabulous prizes) read on!

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Halolz.com Second Annual Halolzween Pumpkin Carving Contest!

Hey guys! It’s that time again!
Yep, time for the Halolz video game pumpkin carving contest!

For those new to the site, last year we held a pumpkin carving contest for all Halolz readers! It was actually sort of a last minute thing, but even still we got some fantastic entries and gave away some awesome prizes! And now that we know what we’re doing, this year is going to be even better!

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Posted by Shawn Handyside on October 16, 2009 · 6:01 AM 
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Halolz First Annual Haloween Pumpkin Carving Contest

Okay, I know Halloween is right around the corner… but I still wanted to do this contest just to kind of get it rolling!

So what is it all about? Halolz First Annual Haloween Pumpkin Carving Contest is, as it sounds, a jack-o-lantern carving contest! The theme? Anything video game related! Carve something awesome in a pumpkin that has something to do with video games and you can win! Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, and juiciness (not really).

How to enter:
Step 1: Make a rad video game themed jack-o-lantern
Step 2: Carve a small visible “H” somewhere on the pumpkin, or make a sign that says “Halolz.com” to show in the photo (this is to avoid cheating)
Step 3: Take a digital photo (lights on or off or both) and send it to haloween@halolz.com
Step 4: All elegible entries must be recieved by 5pm EST on Oct 31st

Prizes:
First Place
• (1) Ninja-Bot T-Shirt of Your Choice
• (1) Accordion Hero T-Shirt
• (1) This Is My Axe T-Shirt
• (1) BLOW ME T-Shirt
• (1) Halolz 16″x 20″ Poster
• (5) Wolf Vinyl Stickers

Second Place
• (1) Ninja-Bot T-Shirt of Your Choice
• (1) Accordion Hero T-Shirt
• (1) Halolz 16″x20″ Poster
• (5) Wolf Vinyl Stickers

Third Place
• (1) Halolz 16″x20″ Poster
• (5) Wolf Vinyl Stickers

Honorable Mentions
• (1) Wolf Vinyl Sticker

I’ll start posting entries as they start coming in… and the official winners will be determined on Halloween night. If you have any questions just post them in the comments! Good luck!

[Update!] I’ve already gotten quite a few entries… and I don’t really want to single any out, so I’m going to post entries starting on Halloween day!




Posted by Shawn Handyside on October 28, 2008 · 1:49 PM 
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