The Haunted Pumpkin Patch

Okay, another crazy country story to go with this pic. All weekend I have been shooting stock. We were tooling along the main highway looking for pretty country things to photograph, as we live in the city and never see lots of grass and trees. We were having fun being out there, when I spied a 4 foot tall orange sign on the side of the road that was cut into the shape of a pumpkin. The sign boasted of a pumpkin farm with a 300 lb pumpkin. Thinking that we might find a quaint photo opportunity we traveled down the side road, past acres of corn fields, towards the famous pumpkin farm.

Being as city-fied as we are we never expected what we found.


It was like the perfect X Files or Steven King setting for a Halloween Farm thriller. A dingy, run-down farmhouse with junk strewn allover the lawn, and an old rickety barn that was overstuffed with hay, and falling apart. Lots of broken down cars and trucks everywhere, garbage, old furniture and bathtubs on the front lawn, and 3 tiny little wire cages that barely contained 3 forlorn baby cows who looked so pathetic I wanted to go free them immediately. I think they were meant to become veal. Their sad brown eyes begged me to free them from their tiny, torture chamber pens, which kept them immobile, but standing up. There was a creepy looking pumpkin patch next to the ramshackle, but there wasn't any driveway or parking lot, and of course, no signs of human life around. Just sad little calf eyes peering out at us from behind the bent up, old wire cages. Needless to say, I shot this pic from my car window as we passed by, there was no way we were going to get out of the car and fall victim to some one-eyed, hunchback, chainsaw-toting hick. We were impressed by the size of the pumpkins, though. My husband suggested that they grew so large because of the rich fertilizer that human body parts provided.


I would venture to guess that there's something wrong with the water in McHenry County, Il.

  • Beth.Fernandez 7y

    Ouch!!....I just came across your stream looking for pumpkin photos to boost my fallish mood. I myself live in McHenry County, IL and there are certain parts of the county, Marengo, Harvard (and a few other towns I will leave out) that I wouldnt wander around in the dark in. But lets not give McHenry County a bad name ;-) there are plenty of a nice "normal" non "hick" towns in the county.

    The cows being caged is pretty sad part of the story, I probably would've set them free myself.
  • valentino * 7y

    bella fotografia
  • 13SPUN 7y

    Great shot!!!!
  • Dale Janzen PRO 7y

    Beautiful image... such depth!
  • *GE* 7y

    Great picture!
  • Jofel Tobias - Banez 7y

    Fantastic and interesting! ;-) Like the scene in Lord of the rings! I like this..........
  • tropicalart77 (Tammy Dial Gray) PRO 7y


    Please add your image to the Pumpkin Art Group
    Pumpkin Art
  • Debs 7y

    wow, i keep staring into this photo looking for the axe dragging grandma in the dirty apron who hacks people to death and cooks them in special receipe batter! So atmospheric it makes the hairs on my neck stand up.
  • Solitaire Miles 7y

    That's a wonderful image, one that perfectly fits the place! lololol
  • Ricardo Wang 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Weekly Theme Photography, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    This Week's Theme is SCARY!
  • rlantoniak PRO 7y

    That is a fabulous shot even if it is photoshoped a little.
  • John 6y

    Great image......maybe you would consider posting to our October Challenge.
    Pumpkins Allowed
  • wilf.. PRO 6y

  • deelannniiiii 6y

    this picture is amazing, and creepy.
    and well your story, was pretty amazing.
  • Solitaire Miles 6y

    Thanks! It is a real story
  • Eliza Frydrych PRO 5y

  • Dave Smith PRO 4y

    Ohhhh, spooky and beautiful....wonderful work!
  • ♥DonnazMagicalPix♥ PRO 4y

    Thank you, Solitaire, for posting this crazy and scary and spooky and beautiful and fun and wonderful "The Haunted Pumpkin Patch" image into my TMI Specialty Holiday Card thread for "Halloween" .. October 31, 2011. Post as many as you want to, my friend.

  • Murdale 3y

    Hi there. Love the photo! I have an app called Baby Snap & Date and we're running a Halloween Comp. Can I use this image and tweek it to include a pumpkin baby for out Facebook page?
  • Solitaire Miles 3y

    Murdale This isn't a stock piece, if you use it you will face copyright law, I have it copywritten.
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