There’s  a lot of scary being posted around the web this Halloween, but I know the linked-in horticulturists and agronomists are clamoring for fair cyber representation on this scariest day of the year. For all of them and those that have a fondness for flora or just get a kick out of agricultural oddities, Farmers Almanac TV (Tilzy.TV page) has some Atlantic Giant Pumpkins to show you.

 

They’re a specific breed of the orange gourds that has been naturally engineered over the past quarter century by a handful of pumpkin enthusiasts – most notably Howard Dill of Windsor, Nova Scotia – whose largest specimens reach unbelievable sizes of 1,500 lbs.

Below, grower Al Berard of Southern Maine takes you through the process of growing a squash fruit that weighs in at half a ton.

### Giant Pumpkin rearing has spread to ideal climate conditions all over the globe, but it’s home still rests in Windsor. In this eastern Canadian town of a few thousand that claims to be the birthplace of hockey, locals carve out the insides of their prized pumpkins, emblazon them with markings that have the air of a makeshift America’s Cup

, get inside, and paddle furiously in hopes of wining the Pumpkin Regatta. For the past four years a 70 year-old has taken home the trophy and been the guy to beat.

Here’s to huge jack-o-lanterns!

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