a porch decorated with many many orange pumpkins

Going Full Gourd This Year

You can feel it in the crisp autumn air. We’re all abuzz with excitement. It’s nearly Halloween and if you look around the neighborhood, read the news, or talk to your friends and family, it seems like we are all planning to bring our “A” game this year! We are pushing the boundaries of our imaginations so that we can celebrate like the bunch of grown-up kids we are!

From our front porch displays to our spooky houses getting ready for Halloween. It is going to be fun to be able to get creative and really celebrate this year with a bang!

Sure, we’re making up for the fact that most activities were cancelled last year, but when we’re forced to get creative to make the holiday special, often that’s what makes it all the more fun and the memories all the more vivid and cherished.

Let's Give 'Em Pumpkin to Talk About.

Decorating is a way for neighbors to connect to each other, and “even go a little bit overboard” since activities last year were canceled.

So why don’t we get those creative juices flowing and ramp up our autumn displays.

Did you know that we grow all of these GOURD-geous pumpkins ourselves? We have 16 acres that produces about 60,000 pumpkins every year. The pumpkins started as a couple of acres for a college fund for two of Al's Great Grandchildren and grew into 16 acres. Many people use them as school fundraisers, build your own pumpkin patches and of course, home décor!

Meet Your Pumpkins

Choose just the right pumpkin for the job or pile them all up for a fun display. Come into any of our Al’s locations and bring home some seasonal spirit!

Howden Biggie is exactly that, a biggie. This attractive pumpkin has a large, true pumpkin shape and a dark orange color and it’s ideal for jack-o-lantern carving.

Magic Lantern has a slightly upright shape and very dark orange in color. It’s the perfect traditional pumpkin patch pumpkin!

Baby Boo is a pure white miniature pumpkin. These are essential to add color and a variety of size to any and all autumn displays.

Crystal star is a new white variety, large with a great pumpkin shape and perfect for carving.

Cotton Candy has a nice white exterior with sizes ranging from 5-12 lbs. Excellent for painting.

Cinderella is an attractive decorative pumpkin with deep reddish orange color. It adds whimsy and a variety of shape to your pumpkin display. They are also great for baked goods and desserts.

Blue Doll pumpkin has an exotic blue color to its blocky, deeply ribbed fruit. Add to your pumpkin collection to create interest for the eye or create a color block using only Blue Dolls and make a bold statement with your arrangement. The Blue Doll's flesh is also good for pies, soups or canning.

Warty makes an unusual addition to your decorations and a very spooky jack-o-lantern! The fun texture is sure to get a double take from trick-or-treaters!

From left to right: Magic Lantern, Crystal Star, Cinderella, Blue Doll, Warty Pumpkins.

No matter your style, decoration choices and trick-or-treating work-arounds, as we attempt to make these holidays special in 2021, we can all agree: Life Is Gourd.