Nestled in the small town of Kenova, West Virginia is the home of what can arguably be crowned the Jack-O-Lantern capital of the world. When Ric Griffth (former Mayor of Kenova) first started decorating for Halloween in 1978, it was with only five pumpkins. Now he’s inspired the entire town to take a stab at decorating for the favored fall holiday.
Each of the 3000 orange gourds are hand carved and then carefully placed in the display. There’s even a pumpkin ORCHESTRA, with each instrument of the ensemble represented by a carved pumpkin that lights up with the music. Various scenes around the home play out like a day in the life of a scarecrow with Jack-o-lantern topped figures depicting assorted activities like fishing.
This tourist attraction draws over 30,000 visitors annually. For those burning for a gander at the glowing gathering (best viewed after dark when the crafted creations come to full illuminated life), the plethora of pumpkins can be found at 748 Beech St. in Kenova West Virginia.