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Bill Jones, Managing Editor
3:44 am CDT October 24, 2019

As people who work on deadlines at 22nd Century Media, we understand procrastination as well as anyone. But even we get a little anxious as we look at the calendar each year and see what precious little time is left for our Halloween contests.

We just want to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun — whether your poison happens to be carving pumpkins or dressing up. So make sure you get a refresher on the details that follow before the big day arrives. We look forward to seeing your entries.

Details for each contest are below, but questions can be directed to Managing Editor Bill Jones at bill@opprairie.com or (708) 326-9170 ext. 20.

Pumpkin-Carving Contest

Our pumpkin-carving contest for 2019 has a category for adults 16 and older, as well as one for children 15 and younger. In both categories, it is all about creativity and skill.

We will pick just one winner across each category from all seven of our southwest suburban towns: Orland Park, Tinley Park, Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, Homer Glen and Lockport.

We have just a few rules.

1) You have to be the person who carved the pumpkin. You cannot submit for anyone else, with the exception of parents who submit for their children.

2) Each person can only submit one pumpkin photo (can feature multiple pumpkins if there is a theme) for an entry, though families can send one entry per person from different members of the family (and they can be submitted together).

3) We understand there may be a bit in the way of scary imagery (such is the nature of the holiday), but the pumpkins have to be relatively family friendly to be considered and published. Nothing beyond PG-13.

4) Entries must be submitted no later than 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, to bill@opprairie.com or 22nd Century Media, c/o Managing Editor Bill Jones, at 11516 W. 183rd St. Unit SW Office Condo 3, Orland Park, IL, 60467 (physical entries cannot be returned), along with names, email addresses and/or phone numbers, and towns for each of the entrants.

5) The entries will be judged by 22nd Century Media’s editorial staff, with winners being chosen based on creativity, successful execution of an idea, quality of craftsmanship and consideration of the holiday/season.

6) All entries are subject to being published.

Pumpkin Carving Contest Prizes

Best Adult-Crafted Pumpkin (16 and older) — A certificate good for two tickets for Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theatre in Chicago; a free, large cheese pizza from Aurelio’s, 19836 Wolf Road in Mokena; and coupons good for one free value basket and one free one-scoop sundae at Culver’s, 9130 159th St. in Orland Park.

Best Pumpkin Created by a Child (15 and younger) — Two hours of free bowling for up to six people, including shoe rentals, along with a pizza and pitcher full of pop, at Laraway Lanes, 1009 West Laraway Road in New Lenox; a $25 gift certificate for Odyssey Fun World, 19111 Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park; and coupons good for one free value basket and one free one-scoop sundae at Culver’s, 9130 159th St. in Orland Park.

Halloween Costume Contest

The Halloween Costume Contest for 2019 features a total of three categories. Adults 16 and older have two ways to win, with awards for Scariest Costume and Most Creative up for grabs. Children 15 and younger, meanwhile, will compete in one category in which creativity is key.

We’re going to pick just one winner across each category from all seven of our southwest suburban towns: Orland Park, Tinley Park, Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, Homer Glen and Lockport. So, your entries need to be good.

We have just a few rules.

1) You have to be the person in the costume. You cannot submit for anyone else, with the exception of parents who submit for their children.

2) Each person can only submit one costume for an entry (basically, you cannot send yourself in multiple costumes — pick one), though families can send one entry per person from different members of the family (and they can be submitted together). A group also may enter one group costume, eligible for one prize, as a group.

3) We understand there may be a bit in the way of scary imagery (such is the nature of the holiday), but the costumes have to be relatively family friendly to be considered and published. Nothing beyond PG-13.

4) Entries must be submitted no later than 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, to bill@opprairie.com or 22nd Century Media, c/o Managing Editor Bill Jones, at 11516 W. 183rd St. Unit SW Office Condo 3, Orland Park, IL, 60467 (physical entries cannot be returned), along with names, email addresses and/or phone numbers, and towns for each of the entrants.

5) The entries will be judged by 22nd Century Media’s editorial staff, with winners being chosen based on creativity, successful execution of an idea, quality of craftsmanship and consideration of the holiday/season.

6) All entries are subject to being published.

Halloween Costume Contest Prizes

Best Adult Costume-Scary (16 and older) — $25 gift certificate for Chesdan’s Pizzeria & Grille, 15764 S. Bell Road in Homer Glen; a certificate good for $5 off any purchase $10 or more at Pop’s, 16600 W. 159th St. in Lockport; and a $25 gift card for Gizmos Fun Factory, 66 Orland Square Drive, Suite D, in Orland Park.

Best Adult Costume-Creative (16 and older) — A certificate good for two tickets for Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theatre in Chicago; a certificate good for $5 off any purchase $10 or more at Pop’s, 16600 W. 159th St. in Lockport; and a $25 gift card for Gizmos Fun Factory, 66 Orland Square Drive, Suite D, in Orland Park.

Best Children’s Costume (15 and younger) — A $20 gift certificate from Short & Sweet-Tasty Treats, 9975 W. Lincoln Highway in Frankfort; a certificate good for $5 off any purchase $10 or more at Pop’s, 16600 W. 159th St. in Lockport; and a $25 gift card for Gizmos Fun Factory, 66 Orland Square Drive, Suite D, in Orland Park.