Ric Griffith is crazy about pumpkins he has already got 2,400 in his garden, with 600 more due to be delivered.
Each year at his home in Kenova, West Virginia, Griffith builds a bigger Halloween display than the year before. However Griffith’s wife calls his annual pumpkin craze an obsessive-compulsive disorder, but visitors to the ”Pumpkin House” on Halloween call it an astonishing display .
Since 1978 Griffith has carved a total of 25,798 pumpkins. Each year Griffin tries to increase the number of pumpkins to carve out, this has led to an increase in the number of volunteers to help.
”The most important part is scooping out the guts of the pumpkins,” he said. ”We have hundreds of volunteers who start coming on Oct 25 to help.”
This year he plans to make a 16 ft x 16 ft high-tech display wall made up of pumpkins playing the “1812 Overture.”
A computer program will play the music while lights inside the pumpkins flash on and off in time with the music .
In addition, there will be a cat choir singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” in cat voices.
Griffith said, “I’ve been thinking about this for about two or three years. ‘There will be a scarecrow as the conductor and a cannon pumpkin at the end that has a little pumpkin that will sparkle as its fuse.”