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Elisa sits by her proud pumpkin cat!

There are a lot of talented pumpkin carvers out there and in this article we present some stunning and funny designs from our mystery shoppers and publisher/supplier contacts. First Place – (Photo above) Elisa (or Eli) helped mummy and daddy make the pumpkins this year including a very clever cat pumpkin that looks like her top!  WELL DONE ELI !  

Elisa’s mummy, Hasnaa, carved this Owl

Elisa’s mummy, Hasnaa, carved the Owl in the main photo, shown close up above;    

Elisa’s daddy, Robert designed these masterpieces

Elisa’s daddy, Robert, went a little crazy with some fabulous and very talented efforts (clown and Alien) and although they had to be destroyed after Elisa had a nightmare the night she saw her daddy’s scary artwork, it was the combined family efforts that wins first prize of £25.00    

Elisa’s daddy, Robert created these fantastic efforts

And the same pumpkins in the daytime proves they’re genuine.    

Mr K prefers to make a monster face than use a template

Second Place – “Mr K” is the cool superhero name of Eileen’s 9-year-old.  Mr K prefers to do a monster face than use a template.  Excellent Pumpkin grimace Mr K.  We look forward to what you create next year.  But it wasn’t only Mr K’s Pumpkin that won second place…    

Eileen’s original Tinkerbell Pumpkin created using a drill bit

It was a family effort again that won second place with Eileen’s original Tinkerbell Pumpkin created using a drill bit.    

Eileen’s Pumpkin created using a drill bit

And Eileen’s second attempt of a very pretty pumpkin (isn’t Halloween supposed to be scary Eileen?).  So, Eileen and Mr K win £15.00 for 2nd place.    

Third Place – goes to Dani for this Batman and Superman inspired effort

Third Place – goes to Dani for this Batman and Superman inspired effort with crazy teeth pumpkin in the background.  But this image alone wouldn’t have won without a little help from our furry legged friends…    

Bat girl and Spider Dog to the rescue.  Dani wins 3rd place

Bat girl and Spider Dog to the rescue.  Dani wins £5.00 for 3rd place.    

Lucy and her son Tyler are missing Disney and carved a Mickey Mouse Pumpkin

Lucy and her son Tyler are missing Disney and carved a Mickey Mouse Pumpkin.  Mum and son also carved Goofy, but the photos didn’t come out so well.  However, this effort judged with photos that we can’t upload, wins a duplicate third place prize (technically 4th place) of £5.00.  Well done Lucy and Tyler!    

Louisa's boys Oliver and Benjamin win the special prize

Group Account Director Award – Louisa’s boys were very keen for her to send their pumpkin efforts again this year.  The glitter pumpkin on the left is the work of 3 year old Oliver.  The scary face on the right is by 5 year old Benjamin!  Well done Benjamin!  They win the special Group Account Director award of £7.00    

Louisa's husband creates a special pumpkin tribute to Mansfield Town

Louisa’s husband and Life-long Mansfield Town fan sneaked his own design in between the boys pumpkins late one night, a carefully crafted pumpkin showing he’s a real football fan (no prawn sandwiches for him on match day).    

Petra created a colourful pumpkin with help from her 3-year old

One of our favourite pumpkins for cuteness factor was submitted by Petra having first been drawn all over by her 3-year old.  Very colourful.    

Laura’s daughter Sophie age 3 years helped her mum make the cat pumpkin

Laura’s daughter Sophie age 3 years helped her mum make the cat pumpkin and was very insistent on how it should look (an agency creative director in the making there).  Laura’s son Alfie, age 6 years, made the other pumpkin all by himself!  Well done Alfie!  And a very cute mini-pumpkin made by Alfie too.  We’ll be sending mummy some equally cute finger puppets because we’ve run out of cash prizes.    

Marie runs a creative and engaging blog and sent in this clever design

Marie runs a creative and engaging blog and sent in the above.  Excellent effort by Marie and family and worthy of highlighting here.    

Jackie made her first pumpkin for ages after her children previously made them

Jackie made her first pumpkin for ages after her children previously made them.  Placed at the entrance to her house by the looks of it, this spooky chap will scare off trick or treat visitors!    

Afra’s Owl pumpkin is uniquely adorable

Afra’s pumpkin is uniquely adorable.  Made with her 11 year old daughter who absolutely loves owls, this ‘Owl Pumpkin’ with it’s slightly odd eyes will bring a light and a laugh to even the darkest night.  And as Afra says, how many pumpkins do you see with feet?  Well done all!    

Hannah’s son Jaxon (with a little help from dad) carved this one

Hannah’s son Jaxon (with a little help from dad) carved this and clever mum made pumpkin soup for tea.    

Simple yet slightly sinister pair of pumpkins from Laura B

We end this year’s competition with a simple yet slightly sinister pair of pumpkins from Laura B. Thanks to everyone who took part.  Always remember if you’re making something anyway, give a competition a go, you might just win!   Follow the YouDirectories news posts to see the next developments.   Required reference: YouDirectories News Article, Oct 2017, London, ‘Pumpkins 2017.
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Pumpkin Entry: Master Benjamin Fryatt, son of Louisa Fryatt (with help from Daddy)
Photo Credit: Master Benjamin Fryatt, son of Louisa Fryatt (with a little help from Daddy)
  When is a pumpkin not a pumpkin? When you drop it; then it’s squash!  🙂 Pumpkins are pretty hard to ignore. After all they are huge and a lovely bright orange. You can find them just about everywhere this time of year, from your front porch to your daily latte. In the spirit of Halloween celebrations, we asked our mystery shoppers to enter a competition with us. We want to thank everyone who took part, we had a lot of fun looking at all the ways people can carve a pumpkin!  There were scary pumpkins and funny pumpkins, pumpkins with amazing animals carved and pumpkins with bugs on top, even a pumpkin that looked like Peppa Pig! They were all absolutely brilliant, we found it very tough to pick a winner, but we had to choose. The winners are as follows:
(don’t forget to click on the image to see a photo description)
  Elite mystery shopper Olivia Hack wins 1st Prize! First Place – Olivia Hack for this outstanding tiger. Olivia is one of our elite mystery shoppers, if you want to know more about becoming an elite mystery shopper contact me via the website contact form.  Olivia wins £25.00   Mystery Shopper Viki Marden wins 2nd Prize! Second Place – Viki Marden, this one scared us!  Viki wins £10.00   Maya Morgan's "spooky face" and personal effort wins 3rd place!  Well Done Maya! Third Place – Rebecca Morgan, we couldn’t resist Maya Morgan’s adorable smile (while trying to look spooky) and the amazing effort that she did on this pumpkin.  Maya wins herself £5.00 to spend on her favourite sweets (with mummy’s approval of course!)   Jemma McGowan wins the special group account director award for a memorial day pumpkin in honour of our fallen heroes. Competition’s don’t have a fourth place, but we have a Group Account Director Special Award and that goes to Jemma McGowan for a Poppy Day Memorial pumpkin in honour of our fallen heroes.  The special award wins £7.00  

Congratulations to the 4 winners!

Here are a few other entries that were on our shortlist but just missed out. Luka showed her brother a thing or two when it came to pumpkin carving and Mario added a boys touch for this Pumpkin dinner guest! The Larkin family made this one; “Luka and Mario loved carving pumpkins but it turned the pumpkin’s stomach.” (Luka showed her brother a thing or two when it came to pumpkin carving, but Mario added the boys touch of sauciness to this dinner guest)   Caitlin Teo made this scary cat! (mystery shopping mum Eileen supervised) Mystery Shopper Eileen Teo’s daughter Caitlin made a scary yet cute cat:   Kieran Teo made this scary pumpkin! (mystery shopping mum Eileen supervised) Mystery Shopper Eileen Teo’s son Kieran created this one, the triangle eyes are great:   Emma Easton's effort scared everyone in the office, we even had to get it approved to publish! hahaha (precision carving skills) Mystery Shopper Emma Easton, very scary!:   Florinela Nedelcu's beautiful Halloween cat is a well deserving entry (we can't wait to see next years...) Mystery Shopper Florinela Nedelcu, cute kitty, the whiskers are great:   George Laws and Son send us a stern faced pumpkin from Scotland Mystery Shopper George Laws, the eyes make this one look extra evil:   Georgia Knight makes what must be the prettiest scary pumpkin with this lace-style effort. Mystery Shopper Georgia Knight, the crosses above the eyes look like stitches eeeeek!:   Jacinta Zechariah's stunning designs seem to float in the air Mystery Shopper Jacinta Zechariah, such an excellent effort:   Katie Shacklock's Day of the Dead style entry has soft-touch lighting elegance, a Tim Burton touch of artistry. Mystery Shopper Katie Shacklock, the bug on top is just class:   Katy Mitchell's pumpkins made us laugh.. (the poor left pumpkin...) Mystery Shopper Katy Mitchell, the one on the left looks afraid of the one on the right haha:   Kerrie Haywood produced a stunning Witch pumpkin with this photo Mystery Shopper Kerrie Haywood, wicked witch:   Another intricately carved Pumpkin by Kerrie Haywood Another one from Kerrie Haywood, outstanding effort:   Lauren Hulme sent us a Peppa Pig special pumpkin made by mummy and daddy for their daughter (clever daddy!) Mystery Shopper Lauren Hulme, this was made by her husband for their daughter who is Peppa Pig crazy:   Our mystery shopper Leyla Preston has a wonderful blog (www.motherhooddiaries.com) where she shows her creative mind like this photo of a cute little pumpkin Mystery Shopper Leyla Preston, we loved this small cute pumpkin:   Scary Pumpkins from creative Leyla Preston! Another one from Leyla Preston, scary pumpkins:   Prize winner Olivia Hack produces a 2nd special pumpkin (this witch ate a lot of mince pies with a slightly large bottom!) Mystery Shopper and first prize winner Olivia Hack, this was another entry that was submitted, the hat and broom are awesome:   Petra Robertson makes Portuguese Jam from Pumpkins!  Now that's creative! :) Mystery Shopper Petra Robertson, not a pumpkin but we loved this entry. Petra makes Portuguese Pumpkin Jam:   Shane Walker knows how to create animated characters with his Pumpkins (cool eyes Shane) Mystery Shopper Shane Walker, the eyes stand out:   Are Shane Walker's Pumpkins  cool or what?  Looks like Disney's Monsters Inc. Another one from Shane Walker, we love the teeth:   Final entry from Shane shows forward planning and perceptual artistry to get the eyes and teeth just right. One more from Shane Walker, this one made us laugh:   Tamsin Mathias shows great talent with this very spooky pumpkin for little Esme (how clever is your mummy Esme?) Mystery Shopper Tamsin Mathias, spoooookyyyy:   Mystery shoppers are keen market researchers and online media experts who undertake a variety of work for our clients and those of our parent company YouCom Media.  Work includes online questionnaires, qualitative studies, focus groups, product reviewers and many more ad-hoc market research work which assists us in supporting our clients and their brands.  We have tens of thousands of online followers and enjoy building a fun online community of new friends and valued members.  This year we look forward to sending all Elite mystery shoppers a beautiful motivational calendar which will be our next event following the Halloween Pumpkin Carving 2016.  Thank you everyone! Follow the YouDirectories news posts to see the next developments.   Required reference: YouDirectories News Article, Oct 2016, London, ‘Pumpkin Competition.
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