Dickinson Business Holds Art-o-Lantern Competition

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Near Halloween we hear about jack-o-lanterns, but how about art-o-lanterns?

A Dickinson store is looking for either carved or decorated pumpkins for their art-o-lantern competition.

Four-year-old Ella Nash and her younger sister were busy Friday morning.

"Painting," Nash said.

The sisters were painting their pumpkins for the second annual Art-O-Lantern Contest. The girls used a variety of paints to make theirs stand-out.

"These colors, like this color that I'm painting," Nash said.

People of all ages are welcome to participate and there's no fee to enter. It's all to help celebrate the most haunted day of the year.

"It's going to dry for Halloween," Nash said.

On Halloween the entries will be displayed for the public to vote on. With categories for children and adults, it's an event for everyone. But only those ages 10 and up, can enter carved pumpkins.

"It's fun to see just everyone work together, and it's home in the heart of downtown. And want to be involved in something to help bring more people just downtown to do something fun," said Amanda Galster, co-owner of Celebrations 'n' Crafts.

The co-owner of Celebrations 'n' Crafts says in its first year, they received more than 60 votes for the displayed pumpkins.

"It was just a huge variety; it's so much fun to see what people's ideas they come up with," Galster said.

Galster says last year, there was also a shortage of pumpkins in the area, so they were thrilled with the high turnout. This year, that shouldn't be a problem.

There's absolutely no excuse to not enter. Next week the store will offer free pumpkins for people to choose from.

Besides the friendly competition, there's another reason to enter. The prizes are endless, and are all donated by local businesses.

"Decorative items for the home, to gift certificates, clothing gift certificates, and toys you know, and stickers. So it's just a huge variety of prizes," Galster said.

With Halloween days away, you still have time to create your art-o-lantern. And Nash already has her outfit prepared for the evening.

"Like Elsa; Elsa butterfly," Nash said.

On Tuesday the pumpkins will be available to pick up at the store.