Where Pumpkins Go To Die

January 21, 2010 · 7 comments

On October 31, we wrote a post featuring photos of Rick’s Dad’s miniature Halloween world.  This week a few of the photos were picked up and re-posted, with credit, on the oddly popular pumpkinrot.blogspot.com. If you’re not a big fan of Halloween, old horror movies, or anything that falls under “gently macabre” in the dictionary, maybe give it a pass. Our ghoulish little figures are by FAR the cuddliest images on the site.

In any case, the name of the blog reminded us that we’ve been meaning to stop and take photos of this:


We pass Pastorinos Pumpkin Farm on our commute, and every morning we note with curiosity and a slight revulsion that the Halloween rejects have morphed ever closer into dirt.

Perhaps it’s more than just the mold progression that is disturbing.


Who wants to see disembodied Frosty play the lead in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”? It has all the appeal of that freaky Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Yet if I can get beyond the Hollywood-induced imagination trauma…


… and if I ignore how much the carved ones in the compost heap look like human heads…


… and that we waited until we were splash-dab in the middle of Rain Week to take the photos where even the houses in the background seem like they’re looking at you….


… then I can remember that this cyclical live-die-nourish process is part of The Big Plan.

And without that, Mr. Rot would have had to find a different name for his blog.

And there wouldn’t be photo ops like this.


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Kate January 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm

i HATE the child catcher. still have nightmares and can’t stand the sound of the ice cream truck…


Satchel June 10, 2016 at 1:20 am

Hi GusnnUderytasd that chef has broken his razor (that old chestnut!)and the grandchildren have been offered prize money for the first to spot him on arrival, as none of us has any idea what he will look like with a full face of hair! Charlotte (age was a little confused though, as she thought that it was the captain that had to wear the beard and felt sure it was only right that Tom grew one too! (Sorry Karen this wasn’t meant to give him an excuse.)Lovin your blog. Keep up the good work.Helen x


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Keith January 22, 2010 at 7:50 am

In the squash family apparently?


rickandkathy January 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm

yup… you got it!


Sandi Fentiman January 21, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Very….down to earth post there. ;P 🙂 Love it!


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