It’s that time of year when people across the country are stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters and planning for Halloween parties and festivities. Tonight or sometime this weekend, many will gather with friends and family to show off their pumpkin carving skills (or lack thereof) in anticipation of October 31st.

We’d like to have a little bit of fun this Halloween season, and also offer recognition to the best pumpkin carvers out there. That’s why we are launching the Toothy Pumpkin Contest.

Between now and October 31st, we want as many original photos of toothy pumpkins as we can get. What exactly is a “toothy pumpkin,” you ask? It’s a pumpkin that has been carved in such a way that TEETH are the focal point, or at least stand out on your work of art. Good teeth, bad teeth, scary teeth…it doesn’t matter! All that matters is that you have fun with this assignment and use your creative mind.

Credit: Nathan Wesling

(Please note: Your finished product does not have to look as good as the ones above for consideration.)

Here’s how it works…

Once your pumpkin has been carved to perfection, take a good quality photo of it. If you have a Facebook account, post your photo directly on the Patterson Dental page. If you prefer to use Twitter, simply tweet a picture of your photo and include the hashtag #ToothyPumpkinContest and we will retweet the toothy pumpkin photos we find under that hashtag. As a bonus, we will also create a Toothy Pumpkin Contest board on our Pinterest page once we start receiving your submissions, giving credit to each participant for his or her creation.

But here’s the best part…

The submission deadline is Tuesday, October 30th at 5PM Central Time. From now until that date and time, we will be actively studying your pumpkin photos and will select the top 3 pumpkins we deem the most creative…and toothy. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place pumpkins will then be featured in a post that will be published Halloween day on this blog, Off the Cusp.

Are you up for the challenge? We hope so! The more participants, the more fun this will be!

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