Pumpkins and pints: 6 D-FW bars to satisfy your pumpkin carving craving 

Whether you're a true da Vinci or a Bob Ross fanatic, it's hard to resist the itch to try your hand at your very own jack-o'-lantern when Halloween comes around every year. But with carving always comes a mess -- pumpkin guts on the kitchen table, all over the floor, spilling out of your garbage can.

This year, swap the cleanup for a brewski.

The Ginger Man

Fans of this chain of beer bars will be excited to know that not just one but all four D-FW locations are hosting pumpkin-carving contests this year. Whether you're in Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth or Southlake, stop in for this free event, which will include a special tapping of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. The best pumpkin will win a prize from the Lexington, Ky.-based brewing company.

Oak St. Drafthouse

Get a little Southern if you're a little farther north with Oak St. Drafthouse's contest in Denton sponsored by Southern Tier Brewing Co. The free fun starts Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m., when judging starts. Prizes from both Oak St. and Southern Tier will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners.

Haymaker Dallas

On Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., head to Haymaker for its second annual Pumpkin Carving on the Patio. Buy a pumpkin for just $5 (or take your own for free) and get ready to get competitive -- the first-, second- and third-place finishers in this contest will win prizes.

The Old Monk

If you just can't commit to a date for pumpkin carving when there's so much going on this time of year, don't worry -- the Old Monk's got your back. Stop in any day Oct. 26-31 to make your jack-o'-lantern for $13, which gets you a pumpkin, carving kit and pint of either Guinness, Smithwick's or a Black and Tan. For each pumpkin sold, the Old Monk donates an additional $10 to a charity of its choosing (last year's beneficiaries were the North Texas Food Bank and a local elementary school). As always, prizes are awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners.

Flying Saucer Fort Worth

This one's for you, Beerknurds: Flying Saucer in Fort Worth is holding its fifth annual pumpkin-carving contest with Martin House Brewing Co. on Oct. 29, benefiting the Tarrant Area Food Bank. For just $10, you get a pumpkin, a carving kit and a Martin House beer. The bar will also accept donations of canned goods for the food bank. Candy and face painting will be available for free if your kids are feeling a little left out of the fun, and the top three winners will win Flying Saucer gift cards. The pumpkin fun starts at 1 and runs till 6 p.m.

The Libertine Bar

You'll have three hours to create your masterpiece at the Libertine on Oct. 30. For $10, you'll get a pumpkin to carve, plus a pumpkin beer. The event starts at 6 p.m.; prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place finishers.

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Pumpkin Carving on the Patio


Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Libertine


Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Ginger Man Uptown


Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Ginger Man Plano


Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Ginger Man Southlake


Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Ginger Man Fort Worth


6th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest Sponsored by Southern Tier


Old Monk Pumpkin Carving


Fifth Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest with Martin House Brewing Company