Forget about over-the-top Christmas decor. The former mayor of Kenova, West Virginia has upped the ante on holiday displays—with 3,000 pumpkins for Halloween!

The Kenova Pumpkin House is a hallowed Halloween attraction in the small town (which borders West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky). Ric Griffith, the former town major, started with four pumpkins that he placed outside the local drugstore. After moving to his current home, Griffith expanded the display to include one pumpkin for each of the town’s residents.

As the number of pumpkins grew, Griffith needed help to carve the jack o’lanterns. Luckily, plenty of locals volunteer annually to gut and carve the pumpkins for display.

The popularity of the pumpkin house attracts nearly 30,000 visitors each year and inspired to the towns of Kenova, and nearby Ceredo, to create the now-annual C-K AutumnFest. Along with plenty of pumpkin viewing, the festival includes food vendors and much more.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Reese Witherspoon via Instagram

 

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