Who doesn’t love a harmless pumpkin? In the past, we’d admitted that we’re incredibly biased when it comes to our love of all things pumpkin and Halloween-related, but it’s true! Consider Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest the world’s number one fan of pumpkins…unless, of course, you’re a pumpkin fanatic yourself.
Make Your Way Down Before Halloween!
With Halloween just around the corner, this is by far the most exciting time of year for our Illinois pumpkin patch. With the 2017 season being the largest expansion in our 37-year history at Bengtson’s, this is a pumpkin festival that you don’t want to miss out on. Put down those smartphones and stop searching “pumpkin fest near me” because Bengtson’s is the pumpkin patch near Homer Glen that Illinois families know and love! Go here to plan your visit.
Pumpkins have made their way into popular stories over the years, and we thought that these famous pumpkins would make for some interesting reading material for our truly dedicated pumpkin fans. Speaking of reading material, these pumpkins are found in famous works of literature that charm us just as much as they spook us – the perfect topic for this time of year. Let’s take a look.
Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage
Ah, what a classic. Cinderella is quite an old story, with the earliest known version dating all the way back to 7 B.C. Many of the core tenets and tropes we all know and love in the classic Cinderella story actually come from Cendrillon, the 17th-century Charles Perrault retelling. Indeed, it’s from Perrault that we get the benevolent fairy godmother, the lizards that turn into footmen and the mice that turn into horses.
From Perrault’s Cendrillon, we also get the fragile glass slippers and, most importantly of all, the iconic pumpkin carriage itself. How many pumpkins function as moving carriages, anyway? Not many, or at least, none as famous as Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage. Indeed, the pumpkin carriage has enjoyed much praise over the centuries and will continue to do so.
Who has a pumpkinhead? Jack does. Jack Pumpkinhead first appeared in L. Frank Baum’s The Marvelous Land of Oz, the sequel to the forever-famous The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Published back in 1904, this time-honored series of literature features Jack Pumpkinhead, a dapper gentleman with a jack-o-lantern for a head. It’s important to note that this jack-o-lantern is made out of an actual pumpkin instead of a rutabaga, or a turnip-like vegetable that jack-o-lanterns were originally carved out of (seriously, look into the history of jack-o-lanterns if you don’t believe us).
As you could probably guess, Jack lives in a pumpkin-shaped house and gets into a number of adventures with his friends. His main problem is that his head decays just like normal pumpkins eventually do (seriously folks, act fast on visiting our pumpkin patch), so he must continually grow new pumpkins that are carved out by the story’s character Princess Ozma. Though not always the brightest pumpkin in the patch (there might be a correlation between the number of seeds in Jack’s head and his intelligence), he’s a reliable friend and a gifted architect in the story.
The Shattered Pumpkin
The Shattered Pumpkin comes from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, featuring a less-than-likable character named Ichabod Crane. Out to marry an 18-year-old just for her wealth, Crane received swift justice in the book’s story by being tormented and attacked by a terrifying headless horseman riding around with a pumpkin “head” on his saddle. The horseman apparently falls off the face of the earth afterward, only leaving behind his horse, his saddle, and a shattered pumpkin.
While this Shattered Pumpkin is a little violent to be a wholesome kid’s tale and never rose to the fame of Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage, it does make for some quality autumnal justice.
This pumpkin-headed scarecrow is from Mosses from an Old Manse by classic author Nathaniel Hawthorne. A sad tale, this scarecrow was built to protect a garden, only to come to life at the twisted whim of one of the main characters. Feathertop is then sent off to woo the daughter of a judge, and they fall happily in love…only to have Feathertop’s true appearance revealed in a mirror later on in the story. This causes the judge’s daughter to faint, which then causes Feathertop to plunge ‘headfirst’ into a depressive existential crisis. We won’t go into any more detail about this story, but let’s just say that it does not end well for poor Feathertop – a festive tragedy indeed.
The Great Pumpkin
How could we ever forget about Charles M. Schulz’ great classic, Waiting for the Great Pumpkin? Well, we’re here writing about it now. A holiday icon on the same level as Santa Claus, the Great Pumpkin is an extremely important figure. The only problem is that the Great Pumpkin only has one die-hard believer: Linus van Pelt.
Made famous by the animated television special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, the viewer can see (or not see) that the Great Pumpkin never appears. Though this is the case, Linus never stops believing in it and continues to wait for this mysterious legend in the town pumpkin patch. Even the band Journey would be impressed with Linus’ commitment to believing.
Get Your Fill Of Pumpkins Before It’s Too Late!
Pumpkins might be immortalized in literature, but they’re a seasonal thing in real life. Come on down to Homer Glen’s largest pumpkin patch festival featuring an incredible number of rides, games, food vendors, and of course, pumpkins! View our pumpkin farm attractions in greater detail here.