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Unusual looking pumpkins growing in popularity

Posted October 6

— The month of October could be summed up in two words. Pumpkin everything.

Luckily, Illinois is a mass producer of pumpkins so there's plenty to go around.

Local pumpkin sellers, like Corn Crib owner Derek Engstrom, have already sold hundreds of soon to be Jack-o-Lanterns.

But if you want to get a little more creative, check out the specialty pumpkins.

"There are Cinderella's, there's the longer looking squash, the white ones, we've got a lot of mini ones", says Engstrom.

Choose from a variety of gourds like ones called the 'Cinderella pumpkin,' which are good for stacking, or the 'peanut pumpkin,' which looks like it has peanuts growing on it.

"It's a conversation piece because they're so different and crazy looking," says Engstrom.

They are a bit more expensive than the average pumpkin because they tend to be a little bigger. They can range from $8 to $15, depending on size.

Some look unusual but perfect for the creepy factor your home needs for a Halloween vibe.

It's been a growing trend over the past few years with more people buying these unusual looking gourds.

"A lot of this has changed over the years, where your specialties would be a smaller gourd but now they're more of the giant size," says Engstrom.

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