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Kenova Halloween tradition hangs on for trick-or-treat

Oct. 31, 2012 @ 11:50 PM

KENOVA -- It's been a week-and-a-half of highs and lows at Ric Griffith's world-famous Pumpkin House.

The last 10 days have taken Griffith and his team of volunteers for a roller coaster ride since they began carving pumpkins last week, when the high temperatures were in the 70s.

When the stroke of Halloween arrived Wednesday, temperatures were in the 30s.

"The weather has been keeping us at work this year," he said. "Last week, when the weather was warm, we were losing pumpkins because they were rotting before we could carve them. Now that it's cool, it would be great without the rain and snow because that is the kind of weather that makes us lose lights and blow fuses."

Sure enough, Griffith and company spent Halloween night replacing strand after strand of lights in his display to make sure everything is all set for Kenova's trick-or-treat night from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Griffith said his main focus is making sure everything is as fresh and well-lit for trick-or-treat as he can make it.

"Because of the weather and the timing, we haven't really had the crowds like we normally do," he said. "We're hoping kids get a chance to come by and enjoy it for trick-or-treat."

A small crowd gathered to enjoy Griffith's hard work Wednesday, despite the rainy and cold weather.

Kristy Gruber was chaperoning a trip for Boy Scout Troop 104 out of Ashland. She said the troop of about 10 scouts was working to earn an "Out and About" badge, and the Pumpkin House was just the place to do that.

"It's pretty amazing to see because, when you're here, you can tell that a lot of hard work and talent went into making it happen," she said. "People should come out and see it when they get the chance because it's something fun to see with the whole family. It makes people happy."