We had so many great entries for our 8th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, thanks to all who participated. Your creativity always amazes us! This year's celebrity judge was none other than Gillian Anderson herself. Here are her winning choices.

In First Place, this "Je Souhaite" scene from Liina.


Update: Gillian Anderson will be the judge for this year's contest, so sharpen up those carving tools and get to work on your X-Files masterpiece. 

The leaves are falling, the air is cooling, and just around the corner monsters are lurking. When you hunt the paranormal for a living, Halloween is the most magical time of the year. Who knows how many dark corners Mulder and Scully investigated every October. It was probably just swamp gas though, right Scully?

Well in celebration of the spookiest holiday of them all, it is time for The 8th Annual XFN Pumpkin Carving Contest. The rules are simple:

  • Your pumpkin must feature The X-Files in some way, but you already knew that because that's why they put the I in FBI.
  • You can submit a pumpkin you didn't carve for the contest, but not one you've submitted before.
  • You must send a photo of your pumpkin to contests[at]xfiles.news by 11:59pm PT on October 31st, 2017.
  • One entry per Phile.

Why join this illustrious contest, you may ask? Well the winner always receives a special X-Files prize. Plus, you'll probably recognize the contest judge. In the past our judges have included Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Annabeth Gish, Chris Carter, and Frank Spotnitz. So you know there's going to be a qualified judge deciding your pumpkin's fate. Who will it be? We'll let you know, but in the meantime, the Truth is out there.

If you need some XF inspiration, check out some of the previous entries from 2016, 2015, and 2014. Happy carving, Philes!


Last week, X-Files News teamed up with Macmillan Publishing to give away a prize pack containing a copy of each of the two latest X-Files novels: "Agent of Chaos" by Kami Garcia, and "Devil’s Advocate" by Jonathan Maberry.

To be in with a chance of winning, we asked you to answer the following question:

“What LP did a young Dana Scully once hope to find under her tree on Christmas Day?”

The answer was, "Hotel California" by The Eagles, as we saw in the episode “Christmas Carol” almost 20 years ago.

Congratulations to Hanna Simcsuk who was randomly selected out of all the correct entries. We hope you enjoy reading the books!

Thanks to all who entered, and don’t forget to pick up your own copies of both "Agent of Chaos" and "Devil’s Advocate."

Our judge, the one and only Frank Spotnitz, has chosen a winner in our 7th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest. Watch his video announcement:


Congratulations to Michala on your winning pumpkin!

Thank you to everyone who participated, we had a lot of great entries this year. Check out our facebook album to see all of the creations.

The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and somewhere in the greater DC area Fox Mulder is reminding Dana Scully that she once had a crush on a vampire; Halloween is just around the corner, and that means the Annual XFN Pumpkin Carving Contest has arrived.

Do you need an excuse to make this holiday about The X-Files? Because this is it. Not only is this a great way to celebrate the ~spookiest~ day of the year, but the judge for this year’s contest is probably one of your favorite X-Files writers.

The always incredible Frank Spotnitz will make the final decision this year. So sharpen your carving instruments and bring your A game because the winner gets some cool XF goodies!

Here are the rules you need to know before you get started:

  • Your pumpkin must feature The X-Files in some way, but you already knew that because that’s why they put the I in FBI.
  • You can submit a pumpkin you didn’t carve for the contest, but not one you’ve submitted before.
  • You must send a photo of your pumpkin to contests[at]xfiles.news by 11:59pm PT on October 31st, 2016.
  • One entry per Phile.

If you’re having trouble getting inspired, check out the previous entries from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Happy carving, Philes!


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