Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Waitin' in a Pumpkin Wonderland

by Kerry Blair

There's a very good reason I didn't blog on Friday. I was in fact with The Frog, touring pumpkin fields far and wide in search of the most sincere pumpkin patch in the country. (This information will be all kinds of valuable come All Hallow's Eve, you know.) While we think we've found it -- Collier's Farm in Chino Valley, Arizona! -- we're still open to other possibilities. So that is our first contest:

If you think you can top this picture, send your digital snapshot to I'll post all the pictures as we receive them during the week, and we'll vote for the winner next Sunday.

But since you probably CAN'T top Collier's, we'll give you another chance to win a free book:


I've been collecting pumpkin carols since many of you were toddling around in the pre-existence, but I'd love to have more. Take any Christmas carol melody, write Halloween- and/or autumn-related words to go with the tune, and send them in! Here's one of my favorites to get you started:

Pumpkin Wonderland
Screech owls hoot, are you list'nin'?/'Neath the moon, ghouls are glist'nin'--/A real scary sight, we're happy tonight/Waitin' in a pumpkin wonderland!
In the patch we're watching for Great Pumpkin/We've been waiting for this night all year/For we've tried to be nice to everybody/
And to grow a pumpkin patch that is sincere!
Later on, while we're eating/What we got trick-or-treating/We'll share all our sacks/Of Halloween snacks/Waitin' in a pumpkin wonderland!
(Author Unknown)
Okay, you wonderfully creative, competitive people you, those are the contests. Winners will receive a copy of "Ghost of a Chance" -- which is appropriate since it's set on Halloween!


At 10/22/2007 1:04 AM, Blogger Janette Rallison said...

But did you run into Linus while you were there? Or maybe the Great Pumpkin . . .

At 10/22/2007 9:44 AM, Blogger Anne Bradshaw said...

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At 10/22/2007 11:19 AM, Blogger Jon said...

Wish I could be in Arizona to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (or whatever) with you. =)

(Well, not entirely, sounds too scary for me!)

I have a great pumpkin picture at home, I'll have to see if it's "without wax."

At 10/22/2007 7:34 PM, Blogger James Dashner said...

I'm dreaming of a white Halloween.
Just like the ones I used to know.
Where the treetops glisten,
And children listen,

Okay, I'll stop. How's this, to Jingle Bells:

Hall-o-ween, Hall-o-ween
Halloween is here,
Lots of people dressed like ghosts
And mostly drinking beer...hey!
Hall-o-ween, Hall-o-ween
Halloween is fun,
Apples with those razor blades
Really hurt my tongue...hey!

Okay, really, I'll stop.

At 10/23/2007 12:43 AM, Blogger Heather B. Moore said...

Fun picture, Kerry! My kids are so excited to carve pumpkins. Although I'm dreading the gooey mess.

At 10/23/2007 1:14 PM, Anonymous Jennie said...

Cute pictures! Okay, I entered your contest--the picture part. I don't do music--not even really bad music.

At 10/24/2007 12:39 PM, Blogger Anne Bradshaw said...

Ha! So there WAS a fixit button! It was a little bin called delete.

So once again, here's my amazing, lengthy, and erudite pumpkin carol.

"Jingle Pumpkin"

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie,
Covered in thick cream.
Tastes delish,
Makes me wish,
Spooks were just a dream.

At 10/25/2007 12:48 PM, Anonymous marlene said...

After much deliberation, here are my submissions: a New England pumpkin patch (note the autumn leaves and rock wall in background) and my carol.

Froggy, a green skinned critter,
Known for his deep love of prose,
Hid in a pumpkin patch in autumn,
Scrunching up his non-existent nose.
All of the kids from his town, Dressed in costumes big and long, Scattered the streets with flashlights,
Singing out a three word song.
(chant, Trick or Treat, Trick or Treat.)

Then he saw a horrid sight.
Through the night they came,
Witches, goblins, ghosties, too,
Screeching out a howling refrain.

Our froggy heard the uproar
And he looked up in the sky.
He saw the crowd of misfits.
He knew their howls would make kids cry.
"Hush, now!" he called to the fiendish group.
"Stop with this disgusting game!"
"Let's go scare those little brats!" they called,
And continued just the same.

Then he saw a horrid sight
Through the night they came.
Witches, goblins, ghosties, too.
Screeching out a howling refrain.

Froggy, the green-skinned critter
Made a leap into the skies.
Took a gulp, and then said, grinning.
"Witches and ghosts taste just like flies!"

At 10/25/2007 12:52 PM, Anonymous marlene said...

Sorry that I didn't get the tune title in there. The words go to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. My computer and blogging don't always get along and after losing the thing several tries, I left that out.


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