The Great Pumpkin visits Mukilteo

Nov 06, 2013
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Jim Brice, of Mukilteo, with The Great Pumpkin he won in a contest from QFC. It weighs 163 pounds.

Mukilteo’s Jim Brice correctly guessed the weight of a pumpkin on display at the QFC at 163 pounds.

The Mukilteo store’s Halloween contest asked shoppers to guess the pumpkin’s weight to win a prize. Brice won a $25 gift certificate and the very large pumpkin.

Without thinking much about it, he guessed 163 pounds and wrote it on a slip of paper and stuffed it in the guesses box. Within an hour, he received a call from QFC: He not only won the contest, he had guessed the pumpkin’s weight exactly.

“I have the biggest pumpkin in the city,” Brice said, adding that there had been about 100 other guesses. “My number was right on.”

His neighbor Jason MacDonald helped Brice get the heavy pumpkin home on Oct. 28 with his truck and a lift. They set it on his porch in the Harbour Wood neighborhood.

“We hoisted it up on a dolly, rolled it up the steps,” Brice said. “It fit! I didn’t think it would.”

For Halloween, Brice and his wife, Ann, drew a Jack-o-Lantern face on the pumpkin in black marker and added other decorations to their porch, such as fake spider webs, a hat atop the squash’s head and a sign that reads: The Great Pumpkin.

The sign was inspired by 1966 “The Peanuts” animated TV special that aired in October.

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is the story of how Peanuts character Linus sits in a pumpkin patch on Halloween night waiting for the Great Pumpkin – comparable to Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny – to appear.

Every year, the Great Pumpkin fails to turn up, and a humiliated but undefeated Linus vows to wait for him again the following Halloween.

With Thanksgiving on its way, the Brices have transformed the pumpkin into a turkey. Ann bought decorative pieces to stick into a pumpkin at a bazaar years ago.

The Great Pumpkin, with its bird wings and head, is now a Great Turkey.

-Sara Bruestle

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