New For 2014
If you, like Charlie Brown's friend Linus, have learned that "the Great Pumpkin is a subject not to be discussed," you'll love wearing one of our pumpkin costumes. We have sizes and shapes to fit the whole family. There are scary pumpkins and cheerful pumpkins, masks and tunics and hats.
Did you know that botanists consider pumpkins to be a type of squash and not its own separate species? The round orange fruit we call pumpkin is actually a variety of winter squash, and botanists classify squashes according to characteristics of their leaves, seeds, vines and fruit stalks. The size, shape and color of the fruit isn't a consideration!
Fun pumpkin facts:
More than 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are grown in the US each year
The states that grow the most pumpkins are Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania & California
The biggest pumpkin ever recorded weighed more than a ton--2009 pounds, grown in 2012
Most of the canned "pumpkin" sold for use in pies is actually made from several different varieties of winter squash such as butternut
The earliest known use of pumpkins is at a site in Mexico, where pumpkin seeds were dated to more than 5500 BC
Though they're native to the Americas, pumpkins and other squashes are now grown on every continent except Antarctica
The word "pumpkin" comes from the Greek word pepon, meaning "large melon"
So, have a nice, cold glass of pumpkin juice, join Linus in the pumpkin patch, and sing a few pumpkin carols!