This Halloween, It’s Pumpkin Spectacular

Spooky, creative, and definitely funny. That was our pumpkin carving and costume content today at Hoffman Nursery. With Halloween on a Monday, it was a fun way to start the week. Our team had a fantastic time displaying their creative side. Our judges deliberated while everyone enjoyed a catered lunch and Halloween treats.

It was a tough call, but having categories for scariest, most creative, and funniest helped spread out the accolades. Everyone did a fantastic job, and we had a great time celebrating together.

The competition was tough, and we had a amazing variety of Jack-o-lanterns.
The competition was tough, and we had a amazing variety of Jack-o-lanterns.
We ate well today, with tasty dishes from spinach salad to pineapple chicken wings to chocolate chip bread pudding. Yum!
We ate well today, with tasty dishes from spinach salad to pineapple chicken wings to chocolate chip bread pudding. Yum. Thanks to the nursery for catering lunch today!
Propagation Coordinator Jessica thinks maybe this should be our new growing team uniform. What do you think?
Propagation Technician Jessica Foley thinks this could be our new growing team uniform. But so far, it’s a hard sell.
The judges took their job seriously. They considered every pumpkin and every costume, and picked winners for scariest, most creative, and funniest.
The judges took their job seriously. They considered every pumpkin and every costume, and picked winners for scariest, most creative, and funniest.
Jill Hoffman was a little goofy today, and Martha Hamblin's Carex grayi showed how showy a sedge can be.
Jill Hoffman was a little goofy today, and Martha Hamblin’s Carex grayi demonstrated how showy a sedge can be.
Anticipation grew as we got our food and speculated on the judges' decision.
Anticipation grew as we got our food and speculated on the judges’ decision.

And the winners are:

Scariest pumpkin
Scariest pumpkin - Scott Stirrup
Most creative pumpkin.
Most creative pumpkin - Yolanda Aguilar-Aviles
Funniest pumpkin.
Funniest pumpkin - Emily Neas
Scariest costumer - Almira Stirrup
Scariest costume - Almira Stirrup for Zombie Comicon
Most creative costumer - Annie Saunders and Elizabeth Harper for The Hunt for Red October.
Most creative costume - Annie Saunders and Elizabeth Harper for The Hunt for Red October.
Funniest costume - Maggie Griffith for the dead snail.
Funniest costume - Maggie Griffin for the dead snail.

And finally, we salute the grower pumpkin, who does such a fantastic job of growing great grasses.

Our growers take the scary out of working with Hoffman Nursery. You know you're getting great grasses!
Our growers take the scary out of working with Hoffman Nursery. You know you’re getting great grasses with us. Happy Halloween!

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