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This West Virginia House Is Decorated With Exactly 3,000 Pumpkins Every Halloween

Elizabeth Gulino
Photo credit: @wildwonderfullifestyleco - Instagram

From Prevention

Nothing says Halloween decor quite like a festive display of fake cobwebs, haunted gravestones dotting the yard, and glowing Jack-o'-lanterns. While the average house might put out a few carved pumpkins each year, one family in West Virginia goes above and beyond for spooky season—by putting out 3,000 of them.

That's right: Every October, you can find thousands of Jack-o'-lanterns covering the Griffith family's property in Kenova. The front steps, the grass, and even the roof are dotted with gourds.

Why 3,000, you ask? The family wanted there to be one pumpkin for every single resident in their small town of Kenova.

According to West Virginia Tourism, the Pumpkin House attracts almost 30,000 tourists each year. There are so many visitors, in fact, that food trucks have started to park themselves on the curb just outside of the famous house.

"It’s become a tradition for many people in our immediate area, and it feels good to keep that going," said Ric Griffith, the homeowner, to KOST 103.5.

“Locals take great pride in it, and then there are people from around the country who plan fall trips and include it on the route just so they can see it," said President of the Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tyson Compton. "It’s really something.”

The family doesn't do this just on their own, either. A local farm delivers the pumpkins, and hundreds of volunteers help carve them into Jack-o'-lanterns and scoop out the insides—even hordes of volunteer electricians and carpenters come to build out the displays for the pumpkins to stand on. It takes a village!

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