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Huge pumpkins get in spooky shape at NYC station

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October 18, 2013 04:35 PM EST | AP


NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — Call it Gourd Central Terminal.

Giant pumpkins as big as 1,500 pounds are being carved into the shapes of carnivorous plants and other eerie life forms at New York's Grand Central Terminal.

The event kicks off a weekend of giant-pumpkin carving at the New York Botanical Garden. The biggest gourd there is a 2,032-pounder grown in Napa, Calif.

The slightly smaller squash at Grand Central Friday included a 1,496-pounder from Edinboro, Pa.

Master carver Ray Villafane was sculpting it to form part of a spooky Halloween tableau. He says it's neat to see a pumpkin seem to come alive as it's carved.

As for his advice to the everyday pumpkin carver: Pick one with some girth to it — and don't take it too seriously.