1: number of previous blog posts to check out before you read this one
- 101: number of carved pumpkins on the wall
- 10: number of shopping carts filled with purchased pumpkins
- 1: number of UHaul trucks used to transport the pumpkins to my house
- 1: number of trips to Walmart (made possible by the aforementioned UHaul)
- 1: how many carving parties it took to carve all the pumpkins
- 57: how many friends and neighbors helped carve
- 126: number of carving tools used
- 0: number of stab wounds and lost fingers while carving
- 43: how many Halloween songs were played during the carving
- 2: number of pinatas the kids got to play with
- 4: how many sections of construction scaffolding supported the pumpkins
- 6: number of feet tall the wall stood
- 30: number of feet wide the wall stretched
- 900: how many LED light bulbs illuminated the wall
- 7: how many days the wall lasted before fruit flies took over
- 1: how many local publications featured the wall on the front page (!!!)
- 1,820: number of dollars raised in support of Food Allergy Research & Education
- 50,724: how many seeds are in 101 pumpkins (just kidding, I made that one up)
- 1,000,000,000: number of thanks to everyone who made this possible!!!
When I was little, my mom read about a neighborhood in my city that builds a gigantic wall of illuminated jack-o-lanterns every Halloween. My family and I went to check it out, and we were amazed by what we saw. The wall made a huge impression on me. When I grew too old to trick-or-treat, my family and I decided that we wanted to build a pumpkin wall of our own.
We bought some construction scaffolding, planks of wood, black spray paint, and outdoor Christmas lights and constructed the six foot tall structure in our front yard. In the first year, our wall held roughly two dozen pumpkins carved and donated by my family and our neighbors on our street. The next year, the wall held closer to thirty pumpkins. This year, it displays sixty carved pumpkins. We even hosted a carving party for friends and neighbors in which we provided pumpkins to be carved (we were able to buy them in bulk with a price break at a big box store).
From the beginning of the pumpkin wall project, we linked it with FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) so that we could raise awareness about food allergies and the difficulties faced by food allergic kids when trick-or-treating. We asked people to donate a carved pumpkin and/or a small monetary donation. As the wall grew, my food allergy story spread to more and more people. The word circulated around my neighborhood and every time someone stopped to stare at the wall, I would tell them about food allergies, and how they had always been difficult to handle on Halloween. Now our pumpkin wall has become a treasured neighborhood tradition that also supports a good cause!