Hannibal Parks & Recreation is hosting the seventh annual Pumpkins in the Park — a pumpkin-decorating contest and exhibit — at Central Park Saturday, Oct. 26. The contest this year features a new location and new categories.

There will be a performance by the Eugene Field Pirate Pride singers at 11:30 a.m.  Winners will be announced at noon.

From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the pumpkins will be on display in Central Park. The pumpkins will be judged by the spectators. Each person will be allowed vote once in each category.

The categories are:

  • Scary
  • Funny
  • Creative
  • Hannibal Proud
  • Mayor’s Choice

Participants are being asked to bring pumpkins to Central Park from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 26 and can retrieve their pumpkins at noon. Pumpkins will be displayed at City Hall through Halloween and then will be disposed of.

Pumpkins can be decorated with paint, glitter, markers, etc., but cannot be carved.

Prizes are donated by SC Contact Centers and Hannibal Parks & Recreation. Each entry will also receive a pass to the Hannibal Ramp Park.