Here at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm, we’re all about fun. So while you might learn a few things while you’re at our pumpkin patch, here are some fun facts that just aren’t brought up enough.
Americans Spend a Lot of Money on Halloween
Halloween has become one of the most expensive holidays for Americans. It ranks just after Christmas for money expenditures, with American spending about $6 billion (that’s billion with a “B”) every year. This includes the costumes, decorations, and fun fall attractions like the ones you’ll find at our pumpkin patch. (Our carnival rides are free once you’re in the door, though!)
Why Are Pumpkins Orange?
Not all pumpkins are orange, just as not all apples are red. Some pumpkins are white, others are red, blue, or yellow. Traditional orange pumpkins change color from green to orange for much the same reason that leaves do. When they lose their chlorophyll, the “underlying” orange color is revealed. The orange color is caused by carotenoids, a healthy source of vitamin A and the same thing that makes carrots orange.
What Is Samhainophobia?
Scientist have a name for just about every phobia out there, don’t they? Samhainophobia is a deathly (ha!) fear of Halloween.
Where did Jack-O-Lanterns Come From?
Trick the devil too many times and you might end up becoming a jack-o-lantern! Read our blog about how the tale came about, and how the original veggie was actually a turnip!
How Big Can A Pumpkin Get?
The heaviest pumpkin in the United States was grown in 2013 by Tim Mathison and weighed over a ton…2,032 pounds! That record was broken a year later when a German named Beni Meier grew a pumpkin that shattered the old record at 2,323 pounds. Of course, many of these huge pumpkins look more like Jabba the Hutt than a pumpkin, as they warp under their own weight and flatten in a most unflattering way.
Want to know more about pumpkins? Come visit our pumpkin patch in Homer Glen. Just get here before we close on October 30. We look forward to seeing you!