EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPumpkin House At Its Peak In Kenova
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Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Oct. 29, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 30, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
Kenova , Wayne County , West Virginia
Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith's pumpkin-filled house on Beech Street has been the premier Halloween destination in the Tri-State for more than 20 years.
Sara Tschop visited the pumpkin house for the first time Tuesday. "I'm amazed. It's overwhelming! There are so many things to look at," she said.
Whether you've been here a dozen times, or just once, the Mayor Ric Griffith's pumpkin house in Kenova has grown into the premier Halloween destination in the tri-state.
Donna Griffith, who brought some of her church members to the house, said she's been coming for about six or seven years. She said there's something that keeps her coming back year after year. "All the different designs and the whole atmosphere of the house is just a great thing," said Griffith.
There are nearly 3000 pumpkins, and each one hand carved by hundreds of volunteers. You can find pumpkins of all shapes and sizes carved into things like presidents, pineapples, pigs, and even a bit of pop culture.
Everyone has their favorite. Tschop said she like a sports-themed one. "There is a Marshall Go Herd pumpkin that is fantastic. Somebody did a wonderful job on that," she said.
There are old favorites like the cat choir. Ric Griffith said, "Some of the figures that you carve are like old friends that we've carved the year before."
New attractions this year include a pumpkin piano and a 16-foot grim reaper. It's enough to bring in thousands of visitors from the Tri-state and beyond. "We had no intention of doing that but when they do we're both flattered by it and we're glad that our area has something a little different to bring people each year," said Griffith.
The pumpkin house will be open 24 hours a day until at least Friday, weather permitting.
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