There’s only a few days left until the trick-or-treaters come knocking at your door, but as you break out the dull kitchen knife and inevitably cut yourself on your real pumpkin this year to make a haphazard Jack-o-lantern, you might consider entering in Oculus’ spooky pumpkin-carving contest instead. It’s certainly less messy.

Two new categories have been added since last year’s inaugural contest, allowing for both new and experienced Medium users: a simple Jack-o-lantern carving for newcomers, and an advanced pumpkin object or scene for the pros.

The winners, who will be chosen by the Oculus Medium & Home teams, will receive 3D printed versions of their creations and a spot in Oculus Home.

Image courtesy Oculus

The judging criteria is based on a 100 point system; 30 points go to design creativity and uniqueness, 30 points go to interpretation and clarity of theme to the judges/viewers, 30 points go to the structural integrity (if 3D printed and imported into Oculus Home), and the final 10 go to presentation.

There are a few other rules to watch out for too:


1) Use the base pumpkin sculpt downloadable from the Medium Newsfeed
2) Submissions must be made in Medium only.
3) Submit three (3) photos and/or a (1) 20-second video of your final sculpt.
4) Submission screenshots and videos must be taken with Medium internal photo and video tools – emailed to and specified which category you’re competing in
5) Submission must be shared to your Medium web gallery (press Share inside Medium and find your sculpt at
6) One entry per participant.
7) Must be 18 year or older, must be in located in United States, United Kingdom, Canada (excluding Quebec), France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland or Japan.
8) Submissions must be original designs!

The final deadline is October 21st at 11:59pm PT (local time here), so get carving!

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  • impurekind

    Cool idea.

  • Mettanine

    SculptrVR did the same thing 2 years ago already AND provided a limited free version of the app, so everyone could take part.

    • Bruce Banner

      Oculus Medium is already free, and just because someone else already did it, doesn’t mean nobody else can ever do it again either. I’m sure you had more than 1 pumpkin carving contest as a kid, no?

      • Mettanine

        Nope, Medium is not free. You get it for free, when you buy a Rift. Small but important difference. And of course everybody and their mother can hold a pumpkin carving contest for all I care.

        • Bruce Banner

          This is an Oculus story, about Oculus Medium, which is free on the Oculus store. What the hell is your issue?

  • Firestorm185

    “inevitably cut yourself”
    I honestly had to read that twice to figure out what you guys meant. That was an odd sentence.

  • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

    Alt-right Luckey on one side.
    Trump on the other.

    Call it, Oculus Drumpfkin.