Weird Frankenstein-Shaped Pumpkins on Sale in Vancouver

Photo credit: Tony Dighera

Photo credit: Tony Dighera

Have $79.13 and want to get yourself a really cool pumpkin for Halloween?

Vancouver’s Urban Fare grocery stores are selling what may be the world’s creepiest (and most expensive) pumpkins.  Known as Pumpkinsteins, they’re actual pumpkins that have been grown to look like an orange Frankenstein head.

And I’m not just talking about a passing resemblance.  These pumpkins have eyebrows and noses and lips and a receding hairline and ears … basically everything except the two bolts that stick out of Frankenstein’s neck.  It’s like Frankenstein got stuck inside a pumpkin and is trying to burst out from inside.

Photo credit: Tony Dighera

Photo credit: Tony Dighera

They’re the handiwork of California farmer Tony Dighera, who has perfected a technique for growing pumpkins inside special plastic moulds.  After spending more than $500,000 and 12 growing cycles tinkering with the grotesque pumpkins, he finally released his first batch of Pumpkinsteins to the public this year.  27 different varieties of pumpkins were tested before he settled on the final product.

Only 5,500 Pumpkinsteins were made available, and they quickly sold out to retailers around the world.  Urban Fare stores in Vancouver and Kelowna were lucky enough to get their hands on a few of the eerily lifelike squashes.  If the pumpkins are hollowed out and a candle is placed inside, the eyes – which have a thinner rind than the rest of the pumpkin – will appear to glow from within.

Photo credit: Tony Dighera

Photo credit: Tony Dighera

This isn’t the first time that Vancouver’s Urban Fare has stocked some uniquely shaped – and uniquely pricey – produce.  Back in July, the stores were selling those famous square watermelons from Japan, for the bargain price of $199.99. (And here’s the kicker – The melons never really ripen and are virtually inedible.)

If you can’t get your hands on a Pumpkinstein this year, wait until Halloween 2015, when the same farmer is harvesting a crop of white pumpkins shaped like human skulls.

Would you spend $79 on a Pumpkinstein? Let us know below.

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