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Holtorf Pumpkin Display on Hiatus This Year

Crop failure closes beloved pumpkin carving display on Trott Avenue

For many residents in the Oakton-Vienna area, the annual Holtorf Pumpking Carving Halloween Art Display has become a regular stop around Halloween.

But this year locals will have to skip the Trott Avenue show, and Hurricane Sandy had nothing to do with it.

"Due to a crop failure, we will not have our display this year," Holtorf Pumpkin Carvers wrote to fans on its website. "After nearly 30 years of displaying creative pumpkin art, the driveway will be dark."

Last year, the Holtorf display had a record 248 carved pumpkins and its largest weighed 200 pounds. Its heaviest pumpkin ever, from 2010, weighed 325 pounds.

The carvers often created their own creatures on the pumpkins, but also put their own spin on famous artworks and well-known characters from pop culture.

For decades, Roger Holtorf has grown the pumpkins in his own backyard and carved them in his driveway with the help of volunteers. 

Have you seen the Holtorf display in the past? What was your favorite creation?

Groovis Maximus October 31, 2012 at 06:46 PM
This is sad news. A stop at Trott Avenue has been part of my family's Halloween for many years. Thanks so much to the Holtorf family for providing such a wonderful tradition. We'll be there next year!
Kim October 31, 2012 at 09:03 PM
I'll second that. I always enjoy seeing all the creatively carved pumpkins. So sorry they can't have it this year but hope they have a very Happy Halloween anyway!
Maryanne Fenwick Turner November 01, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Thanks Patch for the update, we would have been headed to Trott Avenue tonight for our annual family trek to see the pumpkins.
Laura C. November 01, 2012 at 01:45 AM
I never knew they GREW the pumpkins too! Just adds to my total amazement of their artistry and generosity to the public.

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