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Well, the unexpected but irrefutable winner of Halloween is NASA.

The Jet Propulsion Lab held its sixth annual pumpkin carving competition and the results are more creative and surreal than an M. Night Shyamalan plot.

In addition to reminding the world that scientists are basically superheroes, the festive affair also celebrates the 80th birthday of the JPL.

Highlights from the world’s geekiest jack-o-lantern contest include Ms. Pacman Pumpkin, Europa pumpkin, alien abduction pumpkin, Darth Vadar pumpkin, and of course, a Demogorgon pumpkin.

You might think JPL scientists spent days, even weeks, working on these things but you’d be wrong. They had one hour to build their jack-o-lanterns, according to Wired. We don’t know how they did it. Black magic, probably.

See videos, tweets, and photos of the glorious creations below. Just be prepared to feel very humbled if, like me, you have a sad droopy faced pumpkin sitting on your stoop.

A pumpkin Ms. Pacman

Juno and Europa


Just a scratch

Halloween carnival

Juno orbiting Jupiter

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