Thirty pumpkins were displayed Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Hannibal Central Park bandstand, where the public voted for their favorites in three categories and two age divisions.

Thirty pumpkins were displayed Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Hannibal Central Park bandstand, where the public voted for their favorites in three categories and two age divisions.

Twenty pumpkins were entered in the age 13 and over division, with 10 decorated by children age 12 and under.

Mary Lynne Richards of the sponsoring Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department was glad to see so many pumpkins in the contest, which was in Central Park for the first time, with the flood gates preventing entry to the previous site of Nipper Park. (The flood gates were scheduled to be removed the next day, Oct. 29).

Many of the pumpkin owners agreed to have them displayed in City Hall.

Winners of the age 12 and under decorated pumpkin contest, first to third place respectively, were:

• Spooky - Anna Martin, Andrew Clark and Coleton Hall

• Artistic – Camron Story, Serenity Haynes and Amara Coffey

• Silly – Tyler Clark, Carter Dickson and Chalin Martin

Age 13 and over winners were:

• Spooky – Lisa Richardson, Alexis Elliott and Robert Crane

• Artistic – Lesley Hall, Stacey Martin and Andrea Altiser

• Silly – Stacey Martin, Josey Crane and Melissa Dowell

As the winners were announced, Tom and Becky (Kason Bonvillian and Katie Locke,) posed for photos with them.

Some pumpkins were nearly disguised, such as the S'mores by Camron Story and the box of popcorn by Amara Coffey. Stacey Martin's box of iced donuts appeared real, as did a gumball machine.

Kindergarten student Serenity Haynes, 6, won second place in the artistic division with her Cinderella pumpkin. Her mother explained she chose this decoration, “because she thinks she's a princess.”

While the people were casting their votes, they were entertained by the Pirate Pride singers from Eugene Field Elementary School. The sang “Scarecrow” and Vampire Buddy” in addition to their regular songs. Their leader, Teresa Paszkiet, explained they will next sing at their school at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 for Veterans Day, and the public is invited to attend.

For more photos of the pumpkins, see photo gallery.

bev.darr@courierpost.com.