SPRINGFIELD TWP.  For those entering Young Middle School on Oct. 26, it was evident that Halloween was just around the corner.

As students, staff and parents entered the building for a day at school, 48 pumpkins were waiting in the hallway to greet them. The pumpkins were designed and created by students and their families. It was amazing to the students and staff members as to the creativity the families showed in their designs. There was a box of Dunkin Donuts - it appeared to be donuts - instead they were small flat pumpkins decorated with icing and sprinkles.

The honor of judging the pumpkins went to the school's roughly 60 third-graders. Principal Jennifer Ganzer said it is a rite of passage for students, who get very excited to be the judges. The kids had clip boards and walked around to exam the creative pumpkins until they chose their top three. Many of the students discussed the pumpkins and how they were made before casting their final votes. Each third grader voted, and then those votes were tallied.

The winner of the contest was third-grader Tristan Kisner with a Pennywise Clown pumpkin. There was a tie for second place between first-grader Makenzie Kisner for her version of a Haunted House and third-grader Kaitlyn Bittinger and her Unicorn pumpkin. In third place was third-grader Kinsey Roberts and her take on a Disney favorite, "Dumbo." All the winners said they had a fun time designing and creating the pumpkins with their families.

Other pumpkins included Cookie Monster with all the chocolate chip cookies he could want, the Goodyear blimp, monsters and many more. Parent Group President and Educational Aid at Young Becky Bittinger was working with parents to setup the pumpkins as they came in. She said the creativity was amazing.

Ganzer said this was the seventh year for the contest. It is a volunteer event for families to do.