This Farmer Is Growing Pumpkins Shaped Like Frankenstein’s Head

10/13/2014 at 12:10 PM ET

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Courtesy Twitter via Cinagro Farms

You could spend time carving your pumpkin into a crazy shape. Or you could just order a “Pumpkinstein” from farmer Tony Dighera—assuming they don’t sell out first.

Dighera, who runs Cinagro Farms (“organic” spelled backwards, get it?) in Fillmore, California, has become an overnight sensation thanks to his pumpkins that he grows in the shape of Frankenstein’s head.

The farmer told the Los Angeles Daily News that that he first grew square-shaped watermelons (which he’d seen coming out of Japan), before getting inspired to create his monster mash-up, which cost him $500,000 and took about four years to develop.

Dighera uses a plastic mold (picture a double-sided Halloween mask) and places the growing gourd inside when it’s still fairly small. The timing of the placement is crucial to his success. “If it’s too small, and it moves too much, it snaps the stem,” he said during an interview on KTLA.

The pumpkins, which are organic and retail for between $100 and $125, are available at stores local to the farm (such as Whole Foods) as well as on Cinagro’s web site while supplies last. Dinghera has shipped them as far away as Dubai, Japan and Denmark.

When he was making the molds, the creepster’s knowing grin gave him a little trouble: The first version was too scary, the second was too joyful-looking, but eventually he got it right. “He has a slight smile — it is a Mona Lisa look,” Dighera told the News.

Like any Halloween pumpkin, Dighera added that this one goes best with a candle. “The eyes light up,” he said.

—Lexi Dwyer

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Anonymous on

I think this pumpkin kind of looks like William H Macy! HAHA

Lit on

Frankenstein is the Dr’s name, not the monster’s name. Talk about misinformed idiots. So this is irrelevant. Check your facts.

seabot on

Lit, it is considered accurate to call the monster Frankenstein. He is considered the child of Dr. Frankenstein, and is often referred to as such, even by literary scholars. So speaking of being misinformed and not checking facts…

Me on

Who would pay 100 to 125 dollars for a pumpkin that you end up throwing away?!

fruitmould on

it is good to know that tony has made success on the Frankenstein pumpkins ….please contact if any one interested in other shaped molds ..

Indianna Jones on

This is seriously so cool. I love seeing new forms of art emerge, and while Japan has cubical melons, this is a whole new level of awesome.

And Lit, it’s a pumpkin, now a d***; don’t take it so hard. “Twit” would be a more suiting username for you!

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