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October 26, 2009

Circleville Pumpkin Show
Circleville, Ohio

This is even weirder than it might seem; last week, my friend Joe sent me the following article from a 1938 issue of Popular Science, which he found here, on Boing Boing:

The thing I’ve been noticing after a few years of attending the Pumpkin Show is that nothing changes from year to year. All the same rides/booths/attractions are in the same place every year. I have never, however, seen the above at the show before, and given the huge crowd around the older gentleman talking about the mold and the pumpkins, wouldn’t have registered it if not for having seen the article so recently. I had to fight my way over to get this shot, and in the chaos, overheard only that they’d been doing this since 1938, and that either there were only two molds left in the world or that they were made in only two places in the world.

Synchronicity, I guess.

Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London

Patrick Wolf – Lycanthropy

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising

Ozzy Osbourne – Bark At The Moon

8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2009 10:51 pm

    Hey, that’s the mold next to the sign. I like how that front pumpkin face looks like it has two horns.

  2. Dane permalink
    October 26, 2009 10:58 pm

    I didn’t notice the horns till you pointed them out! Yeah, the mold itself is by far the creepiest thing about this. It looks like a medieval baby torture device.

  3. October 27, 2009 4:32 pm

    Okie doke then… I definitely agree with you on the device!

    You always find the best stuff for Halloween!

  4. October 27, 2009 7:10 pm

    Okay, that is one of the coolest things I have ever seen…that mold is just creepy!!!! 🙂


  5. Dane permalink
    October 27, 2009 10:12 pm

    Oh, Angie, thank you – I love hearing that. 🙂 I plan posts all year for this.

    Frog Queen – pretty cool, isn’t it? It’s a shame this never caught on.

  6. October 29, 2009 10:19 am


  7. October 30, 2009 6:45 am

    Ok, that’s definitely creepy. Carving that pumpkin (especially scooping out the guts) would be really unnerving.

  8. Dane permalink
    October 30, 2009 11:09 pm

    Todd: thanks for stopping by! I know you’re busy producing Vlad’s show.

    Greg: well, that adds a whole new disturbing layer.

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