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Dinosaur Sighting: Pumpkinosaurs

Watch out! Get to close to these giant, jack o' lantern dinosaurs and they might squash you

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Pumpkin Tyrannosaurus at the Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze. Photo by Stacey De Lorenzo.

I really do wish that I were better at carving pumpkins. Sure, I can paint a crummy Velociraptor on the side of the seasonal squash, but the ability to carve a scary dinosaur into a pumpkin is a skill that has eluded me so far. And I have just found out that a group of artists in New York have raised the bar considerably. This year, the annual Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze in Westchester County is home to several massive dinosaurs made from multiple illuminated pumpkins. Ever see jack o’ lanterns that could squash you? These would be the ones.

Pumpkin Stegosaurus at the Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze. Photo Stacey De Lorenzo.

Pumpkin Triceratops at the Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze, with a guest appearance by the non-dinosaur Dimetrodon in the background. Photo by Stacey De Lorenzo.

Thanks to Laura Downing for the tip and Stacey De Lorenzo for the photographs.

Have you seen a dinosaur or other prehistoric creature in an unusual place? Please send your photo to dinosaursightings@gmail.com.

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Brian Switek is a freelance science writer specializing in evolution, paleontology, and natural history. He writes regularly for National Geographic's Phenomena blog as Laelaps.

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