|Every Halloween a neighbor around the block from us buys giant pumpkins. This year there are three of them.
The first photo was at the beginning of the week, before the pumpkins
were carved. I went back, and
a group of children from the nearby school were also checking them out and taking photos of the carvings.
You can see "1100" written on this pumpkin. That's the weight!
This one was not carved, it's just sitting on the lawn.
Over 1800 pounds! The largest one they ever had
was over 1900 pounds.
|This one is the biggest: I think it was 1820 pounds.
The Giant Pumpkins of Past Halloweens
Here's the 2015 Halloween parade in front of that year's pumpkins.
The Burns Park School parade has been held as long as I remember.
|In 2013 I saw the pumpkins being delivered with a fork-lift.
|In 2010 -- a smaller giant pumpkin, lit up during trick-or-treating.
UPDATE: Several people asked questions about these pumpkins. Here are my answers:
- The giant pumpkins are delivered on a flatbed truck, and handled with a fork lift. They are removed the same way, usually a day or so after Halloween. Remember, they weigh more than half-a-ton!
- The pumpkins are carved by a carpenter using some amazing wood-carving tools. The entire process is amazing.
- Some pumpkins, including these giant pumpkins, are cultivated for their use as jack-o-lanterns and decorations. They are not the same type as cooking pumpkins, which are typically quite small. Decorative pumpkins like these wouldn't poison you if you ate them, but the flesh is woody and they don't make good pies or other foods.
A Few More Halloween Decorations around the Neighborhood
|Many houses all around me are dramatically decorated, especially along the route of the school parade.
|Meanwhile, the leaves have become very vividly colored this week.
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