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Display your pumpkin carving skills at the Paramount

Arianna Auber

You may carve pumpkins every Halloween, but you probably haven’t had a chance to display them in a popular Austin locale like the Paramount Theatre. Or win cool prizes based on how funny or spooky your design is.

Well, that’s about to change with the Paramount Pumpkin Spooktacular, the theater’s inaugural contest that gives anyone with a carving knife and a vision the opportunity to deck out the theater halls with jack-o-lanterns and view them just before getting goose bumps over a scary flick on the Paramount’s large screen.

If your design really dazzles, you could also snatch up a prize, and all of them are pretty neat. For the spookiest pumpkin, the winner will receive two tickets to three Paramount season shows of their choosing. The reward for the best Austin-centric pumpkin is a Platinum Film Fan Pass to the Paramount film series; the reward for the funniest is two badges to the 2013 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival.

Kids and businesses won’t be left out, either. The best design by a child (12 or younger) will earn a free spot in a Paramount summer camp session next year. And the best design by a company will give 30 of its members a movie night complete with free popcorn and soda.

Anyone who turns in a carved pumpkin can watch a Halloween flick playing at the Paramount, or accept a film pass to use later at the theater. Some of the Halloween movies included in the Oct. 29-31 screenings are “The Exorcist,” “The Lost Boys,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Alien.”

There is also more family-friendly fare playing, including “Scooby Doo’s Spookiest Tales.” Parents and children can wear costumes on Oct. 31 as they make their way through the pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating.

To participate, drop off a carved pumpkin at the theater from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 28; or from 9 a.m. through the evening’s films Oct. 29-31. Halloween movies screen each night.

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