Carve the perfect pumpkin and win $1,000

It’s time to get spooky and Rhodes Properties and Development, along with Rhodes Realty, is ready for a pumpkin carving contest. The winner will receive two free tickets to Dark Woods Haunted Attraction in Natchitoches, along with a $1,000 cash prize!

This contest is open to residents in the Shreveport, Natchitoches, Alexandria, Ruston, and Lafayette areas. Drop off will be open from Oct. 21-23 at any Rhodes Realty location. Please include your name and number with your pumpkin entry. Pumpkins must be carved to enter. Winners will be announces on Oct. 23 at 5 pm.

Locations include:

Shreveport- 9105 Ellerbe Road
Natchitoches- 404 Rapides Drive
Alexandria- 4508 Coliseum Boulevard
Ruston- 2304 Commons Court, Unit 3
Lafayette- 2835 Verot School Road, Unit B

This contest is brought to you by Rhodes Properties and Development, Rhodes Realty, Dark Woods Haunted Attraction, Daniels and Floyd: Title and Attorneys at Law, Durrett Law and Title, Louisiana Home lending, Bayou Title, Inc. and Interstate Building Materials.

Here’s some tips to help you get started:

Pick the perfect pumpkin! Find a fresh pumpkin with a sturdy stem and a flat bottom so it won’t roll.

Cut the bottom! Cutting your pumpkin’s lid from the bottom helps prevent the sides from caving in later.

Scoop it all out! Scoop out all the pulp and then scoop some more so there’s a thin inner wall, which makes it easier to pierce the shell when you begin carving.

Sketch it first! Sketch your carving design on paper first and then tape it to the front of the pumpkin. Use a fork to poke holes along the lines you want to carve.

Keep it fresh! Spreading petroleum jelly along the cut edges is said to seal in moisture. If your pumpkin starts to shrivel after a few days, revive it with a facedown soak in cold water for up to eight hours.

Spice it up! Sprinkle a little bid of cinnamon inside your pumpkin’s lid so it will smell like a pumpkin pie when you light the candle.