Pumpkin House Workers Prepare for Severe Weather

KENOVA, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The worries over high winds have now led workers at the Pumpkin House in Kenova to rope off an area outside the home to make sure pumpkins won't fall on visitors.

"We're getting prepared," Pumpkin House owner Ric Griffith said. "Were going to try to secure some of the more vulnerable pumpkins."

Griffith fears the weather Halloween night could send pumpkins falling to the ground bellow.

"We'll work on it and hopefully make it work tonight," Griffith said. "High winds are not our friends because the only thing holding the pumpkins on the roof is gravity."

Griffith's biggest fear this Halloween isn't ghosts or goblins, it's a 16-foot tall Grim Reaper inflatable that could become a victim to the high winds.

"We will tie him down and secure him," Griffith said. "It will be disappointing in a sense because people won't get to see him inflate during the music, but it's better than the alternative."

The potential for bad weather has led many people to make an early trip to the Pumpkin House. Despite the bad weather, Griffith says he still expects hundreds if not thousands of visitors Halloween night.

Griffith plans on leaving the pumpkins up throughout the weekend, but only if Mother Nature doesn't take them down first.


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