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Pumpkin Spiced Giraffe

A Halloween Wonderland in Louisville, Kentucky

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In Kentucky, a glowing trail of 5,000 carved pumpkins transports visitors to a Halloween wonderland: the Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. “It’s not spooky, but it is magic,” says Kara Renee Bubenchik (@__karadise__), a local artist who has been carving intricate pumpkins for the event the past four years. “You’ve got beautiful artwork on these 80- or 90-pound [36- or 41-kilogram] pumpkins that are surrounded by thousands of different types of jack-o’-lanterns. You can’t walk through this trail and not feel in complete awe.” While the celebration only lasts about three weeks, in Kara’s house, the anticipation starts to build at the first signs of fall: “My 7-year-old daughter usually starts asking me right around September, ‘When does Pumpkin Land start? When does Pumpkin Land start?’”