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Pumpkins And Pop Culture

At Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, we’ve done our best to improve our pumpkin patch experience year over year. This year, we’ve got new rides and attractions, like the Barnyard Dance Cow Coaster and others. We also have a ton of the long-loved classics, like our Tractor Pulled Hay Rides, Pig Races throughout the day, a Pumpkin Chucker, a Jimmy Cracked Corn Box, Twirling Honey Pots, the Happy Swing, Flying Frogs Ride, two different train rides, the Frog Hopper, and even a 90’ Mega Fun Slide!

Throughout our 37-year history, one of our favorite parts of having a near-Chicago pumpkin farm is that we get to see generations of families return to us every year. Kids have grown up and become adults to have kids of their own. The fact that their kids are able to experience the same feelings of joy and pumpkin happiness that their parents did brings a smile to our faces and is one of the biggest reasons that we continue to love doing what we do.

Kristin E. gave us a glowing review a few weeks back which was pointing to the exact fact we are describing.

“I have been coming to Bengstons pumpkin farm since I was a kid and I am so impressed with how it has evolved over the years! Still has all my favorite things– best hay rack ride in the country!  And so many new fun experiences too! This year will be my daughter’s first year picking a pumpkin straight from a patch and needless to say we’re so excited! Thank you for providing my growing family with a fun fall tradition!”

It’s great to be able to point to a real-life example of something we see pretty much every day. Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a kind review, Kristin!

Alright, it’s time to get to today’s promised topic, Pumpkins and Pop Culture. As owners of our very own pumpkin patch, it’s safe to say we have an affinity for pumpkins. With that in mind, we thought it would be appropriate to do a little research and enlighten our readers about pumpkins in movies and music. Keep reading if you want to know more about pumpkins within American pop culture!

Pumpkins In The Movies

  • Cinderella (1950) – Let’s get this one you probably already thought of out of the way. When the Fairy-Godmother uses her magic to transform an ordinary pumpkin into a stage-coach, your little mind was likely blown, at least the first time you watched the Disney classic. And while this happening might not be scientifically possible, it does illustrate the greater point that the pumpkin is a versatile object.
  • Return to Oz (1985) – This little-known and little-watched sequel to the American classic The Wizard of Oz is creepy and, at times, downright weird. If you grew up in the 80s, you probably already knew that. But if you didn’t, Dorothy’s main companion is an odd character named Jack Pumpkinhead. As strange as Jack might be, he’s harmless and not bothersome when compared to some of the other characters in this film. We don’t recommend this movie.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – A relatively modern flick, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a stunning display of imagination. When it’s Halloween at Hogwarts, the Great Hall is a sight to behold. In this film, the floating candles are all replaced by floating carved pumpkins.

Pumpkins And Music

  • “Pumpkin,” Randy Newman – The Oscar award-winning songwriter wrote the score for Seabiscuit, the 2003 movie about a famous racehorse. “Pumpkin” is named after the horse’s friend, a horse named Pumpkin. If it’s Randy Newman, there’s good money on it being a good song.
  • “Pumpkin,” Mount Eerie – If you are a fan of contemplative, offbeat folk, this artist and track just might be for you. Phil Elverum goes to a bookstore in the song, but it is closed. In a moment of angsty introspection, a broken pumpkin adds to the melancholy vibe.
  • “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead,” XTC – Here’s a good story for you. When Andy Partridge, frontman of XTC, made the best jack-O-lantern of his life, he was so pleased with the result that he hung the pumpkin on a fence post which he passed on his daily route to the studio. He watched it rot, day by day. Partridge, being the artist that he is, decided to write a story for the rotting squash. This became the song “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead.” As Wikipedia puts it, “The song follows the story of Peter Pumpkinhead, a man who comes to an unspecified town, “spreading wisdom and cash around.” He is extremely popular with the people of the town, but extremely unpopular with government figures. In the end, Peter Pumpkinhead is killed by his enemies and, ‘nailed to a chunk of wood.’” Suffice it to say, Partridge combined a Christ-like narrative with Halloween, and this song is the end-result!

The Smashing Pumpkins

We would be remiss if we wrote a pumpkin and pop culture post and failed to mention a mainstay in the world of 90s grunge rock, The Smashing Pumpkins. This is especially true because The Smashing Pumpkins are from Chicago, which is just a short, 40-minute drive away from Homer glen, where Bengtson’s pumpkin patch can be found. The style of music fits well with the angsty horror that some people find in Halloween. They have 20 million albums sold in the USA alone. We recommend checking out Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, you know if you are into a beautiful marriage of dream pop and alternative rock. Whether you listen to these guys or not, come visit us in Homer Glen before we close! October 30th, 2017 is our last day of the season this year.