It’s Bear Scare Costume and Pumpkin-Carving Contest Time!


Bear Scare is hosting a virtual costume contest! There will be five categories of participation, with winners from each category will be awarded a blue ribbon. Follow the links below for your category:

Middle School:

Post your best family photo and if you win you can have bragging rights all evening at Bear Scare!

Submissions can be made starting Wednesday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 23. Voting begins on Monday the 24th and wraps up Wednesday the 26th.


Dressing up not your thing? Maybe you’re more of a pumpkin artisan! This year’s Pumpkin-Carving Contest will take place IN PERSON at Bear Scare — bring your amazingly crafted gourd to Bear Scare for your chance to win!

Prizes will be awarded to winners and runners-up in kindergarten, primary and intermediate, and to the overall winner in middle school. Each pumpkin artist must bring their own battery-powered tea light, as proper pumpkin lighting is essential for any wannabe pumpkin champion. Students are limited to one entry per student.

Register your carved (or decorated) pumpkin between 5:50 and 6:20 p.m. at Jack-O-Lantern Alley, located in the courtyard during Bear Scare. Be on time, as voting (by Bear Scare attendees) will begin right at 6:20, when the last pumpkin is registered — the sooner your pumpkin arrives, the more votes it can receive! Voting ends at 7:30, at which point the votes will be tallied and winners announced in the gym. Don’t forget to take your pumpkin with you at the end of the night!

Finally … are you interested in hosting future pumpkin-carving contests? Our longtime pumpkin guru, Steve Engel, has just one more year left at Madrona, and would love to help ensure a smooth transition in 2024! Contact to job shadow and/or learn more.

MIT Parent Volunteer Site Editors Registration Now OpenRegister
+ +