Lonely Planet Writer

Meet the Pumpkin-steins – these farmers are growing pumpkins with Frankenstein faces

Husband and wife Emily and Guy French of Foxes Farm Produce in Colchester in England, have got into the Halloween spirit by growing Frankenstein’s face onto the front of their pumpkins.

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The husband and wife team  decided to follow the trend from the US.  All Image by: JessArcher

The Colchester farmers have been branded the “Pumpkin-steins” and are thought to be the first creators of freaky-shaped pumpkins grown in the UK. Emily said: “We saw that pumpkins were becoming more in demand because of the huge popularity of Halloween in America and we wanted to see what we could do next in our business to stay ahead of the game.

The husband and wife team decided to follow the trend from the US.
The husband and wife team decided to follow the trend from the US. Image by JessArcher

“We grow thousands of pumpkins every year, and we just wanted to come up with something different. They are the perfect pumpkins – they look spooky already and don’t need much carving.”

The husband and wife team decided to follow the trend from the US.
The husband and wife team decided to follow the trend from the US. Image by JessArcher

The Essex pair took inspiration from America when adding another freaky dimension to their crop. A mould is attached to baby pumpkins which develop into the scary shape as the vegetable grows.

The husband and wife team decided to follow the trend from the US.
The husband and wife team decided to follow the trend from the US. Image by JessArcher

The pair have already grown 20 pumpkins with the face of novelist Mary Shelley’s tragic villain – and next year plan to do more.  Unfortunately, the pumpkins are not available for sale, but visitors are welcome to come and take photos.

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