Frightfully clever carving: Glowing zombies sculpted from pumpkins crawl out of the ground at Botanical Gardens
If you want a real fright this
Halloween, take a look at these glowing zombies crawling out of the
ground in front of trembling passers-by. The creepy undead figures have been carved out of giant pumpkins at New York's Botanical Gardens. An upright zombie pulls his decaying friend out of the ground in this terrifying display at the Haunted Pumpkin Garden.
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Grim on the inside: The zombie pumpkins' skin peels off to reveal pale, bony bodies
Neighbour from hell: You wouldn't want to see this foul vegetable peering up at you from next door's garden
The scary sculptures are part
of a month of haunted horrors at the gardens, with families jumping out
of their skin at chilling sights including the biggest bat in the world
and the Gigantic Flying Fox of Malaysia.
Visitors will also be able to take a masterclass and learn to craft their own ghoulish gourds. Each petrifying pumpkin was hand-carved by master carver
Ray Villafane, of Food Network fame, and his team - Andy Bergholtz (a
current contestant on Food Network's Halloween Wars), Trevor Grove,
Alfred Paredes and Chris Vierra. Members of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth will also be on hand to talk about their passion for growing the gargantuan gourds.
Putrid pips: Visitors can have a go at creating their own designs - although their pumpkins may not be as massive
Spooky squash: The terrifying creatures lurch through the gardens after being carefully carved into shape
Brave souls will be able to follow up their lesson in the ways of the undead with a spooky forest walk. This year has seen a bumper pumpkin harvest, despite an early drought, with some already smashing weight records. The
latest champion to visit the garden is a 2009-pound behemoth, which
took the title for grower Ron Wallace on September 28 in Massachusetts. There
are at least two weeks left on the weigh-in schedule, which means
another pumpkin might sneak up on us to produce a surprise win.