October 16, 2013

I’m thinking we won’t be seeing any hooligans smashing the pumpkins on our porch this year. Unless they’re The Hulk, I guess, ‘cause I can’t imagine anyone else who could strongarm a 2,032-pound squash.

Monstrous, record-breaking pumpkins from around North America have been trundling into the NYBG over the past few days, just in time for this weekend’s Great Pumpkin Carving event with Ray Villafane, and that means trucks, forklifts, and at least one Baby Bjorn for behemoths. At over one U.S. ton, the heaviest of them—from Tim and Susan Mathison in Napa, California—is now officially the beefiest pumpkin on record, topping last year’s record-breaker by about 23 pounds.

If you’re in New York, Ray will be carving these beasts into…well…even more absurd and upsetting beasts this weekend, October 19 and 20, right here in the Garden. And on Friday and Saturday nights this week, you’re welcome to join us with tickets to Spooky Nighttime Adventures for some after-dark wandering along our Trick-or-Treat trail. At the very least, we’ve got enough Halloween activities planned on these nights to wear your kids down to a reasonable bedtime. —MN

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