Happy fall, y’all! We’re celebrating the season with a North Carolina-themed jack-o’-lantern carve-off — and we want to see your skills! Find out how to enter our Instagram giveaway.


Instagram Giveaway

Your pumpkin might be featured on our social media or in a newsletter, and one winner will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to the Our State Store. Entries must be North Carolina themed, and are only limited by your imagination — we’re envisioning dogwood flowers and Venus flytraps, black bears and Blackbeard, race cars and lighthouses. Entries will be judged on their creativity and how much they impress our editors. The winner will be announced on this page and on our Instagram on November 1.


To carve a winning work of art, you need a flawless canvas! Explore 15 North Carolina patches where you can pick the perfect pumpkin. Next stop: a jack-o’-lantern that’s true front porch material.

… And they’re not just for carving! This fall, savor the season of spice with seven pumpkin recipes we love — from pumpkin biscuits with orange-honey butter to a zesty pumpkin soup.

Show off how much you love North Carolina with our state-shaped jack-o’-lantern template. Just print it out, stencil it on to your pumpkin, and get carving.


Pssst … if pumpkin carving isn’t your thing, you can still make your home festive this season.