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Monday, October 15, 2012

Pumpkin Smashing

Holiday Lane- Fort Thomas Ky

Well, once again a lively discussion has ensued on our Facebook page which I love to see!  The only downside is that this time, it was started by an event that caused my son to burst into tears: the theft and subsequent smashing of the pumpkins he had searched so hard for at Benton Farms (see Mama on a Budget story for this, coming tomorrow).  I posted the picture of Holiday Ln. where dozens of pumpkins were smashed in the road and asked “How do we stop this Fort Thomas tradition?”
As of this morning, there are 34 comments on this topic ranging from “That’s hilarious” to suggestions to put tacks on the bottoms of the pumpkins or “doggie doo doo” and the creation of new traditions such as one reader who suggested Ft. Thomas celebrate a “pumpkin smashing day” after Halloween and make it a fun and controlled event.   There were also discussions about the need for increased police patrol in October, knowing this is an issue and, quite possibly most pointedly, cries for people to know where there kids were and what they are doing.
It was a mix between some real rage and some who found comedy in the situation.  Personally, I take issue with the fact that it is the theft and destruction of property even if it is only intended by the thieves to be a harmless prank.  Additionally, it does not make me feel safe to know that people are coming on to my porch and stealing things from me. 
This “tradition”, which we called “Cabbage Day” when we were in high school, has been going on for more than a decade at least and I have never seen any attempts at curbing this.  I enjoyed reading the suggestions about how to redirect the behavior in a positive manner.  To me, what was most germane, was the question posed by several readers to the parents of those who were doing the destruction (I am assuming it was bored teenagers): do you know what your kids are doing?
As a society, it seems a lot of us have deviated from parenting our children instead choosing to befriend and accommodate and indulge them but as a community, I was hoping we were better than that.  To me, “it takes a village” is not just a turn of phrase but a call to action for a community to educate our young people and raise them to make good decisions, not “harmless pranks” and “victimless crimes” which actually reduce our even younger kids to tears.
A pumpkin costs only $4.00 but at what true cost was it smashed?


  1. Very well written & I totally agree!

  2. love to see kids out smashing pumpkins hahahahaha this is great. the more you complain the more kids are going to do it. kids love when parents chase them down. it gives them a thrill

  3. I think it is terrible when this happens, especially to families with young children. It is not funny at all. If teenagers want to do this, they should only do it on Cabbage night (October 30th) so that people know to put their pumpkins inside that night. That is how it was done when I was a kid. You knew that was the night and if you didn't want your pumpkins smashed, you took them in.

  4. For you who think its funny, you must not have a young child. You wouldn't be laughing so hard if it was your child in tears. They really look forward to going out to the pumpkin patch every year and searching for just the right one. That gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment. And for some young punk kid to do that is simply wrong. Nothing funny about it.

  5. It is just for this reason that I delay our pumpkin search and cutting and only have them out on halloween proper. The bottom line, is that if we don't teach our kids that it is theft and destruction that we ARE teaching them that vandalizm is ok. Ask it? I think if your car was keyed or your house was painted you would not find that to be funny. Children spend time selecting, designing and cutting pumkins, we celebrate their efforts every year with the pumpkin walk but then we let this behavior go unpunished. Mixed signals. Its a shame.