Written by Aaron-Michael Fox. 

Nothing says fall more than apple cider, caramel, cinnamon and clove, deep-colored leaves, crisp mornings, campfires, and football. However, of all the things we associate with fall, perhaps nothing represents the season more than pumpkins.

While there will certainly be pumpkins displayed on virtually every porch and front yard in the country soon, they will all take a backseat to the Griffith Pumpkin House in Kenova, Wayne County, West Virginia, which will feature more than 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins.

A tradition started in 1978 with four pumpkins, the Griffith Pumpkin House is now the centerpiece of the annual Ceredo-Kenova AutumnFest and takes more than a thousand volunteers weeks to carve all those pumpkins.

Each year Ceredo and Kenova welcome more than 30,000 visitors to the Pumpkin House. Over the years, the house has watched children visitors grow up to have children of their own that they now bring to see the display.

The Griffith Pumpkin House in 2019 courtesy The Today Show/Steven Wayne Rotsch.

Whether you’re a regular visitor or whether you’re going for the first time, if you’re one of the tens of thousands of people who visit annually, the Griffith Pumpkin House is always a sight to see and will surely put you in the Halloween spirit.

Located at 748 Beech Street in Kenova, the Pumpkin House is expected to be completed and ready for visitors by October 27 and will be open through November 2, 2023. For more information, visit their website HERE

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