West Richland woman carves over 120 pumpkins to share Halloween spirit
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. — Pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns have long been a symbol for Halloween, and Monette Roberts carves throughout the month of October to deck out her house for decoration.
The West Richland resident has over 120 pumpkins in front of her family home, which is the highlight of her neighborhood during this time of the year.
Roberts has blanketed her front yard with jack-o-lanterns by carving between 25 and 30 pumpkins a day. She can cut one to completion in under three minutes.
As a wife and mother of four and being allergic to pumpkins, family is the drive that has kept her carving for the past 20 years.
“It’s about our family and making traditions and raising our kids so that when they’re older, they can look back and say gosh, mom did a lot for us,” said Roberts. “My family means a lot, and they love it and I love when people come and they love it.”
The tradition began during her youth when her mother Mary Allison would carve pumpkins to bring family and friends together.
“We always tried to get the biggest ugliest bumpiest pumpkin we can find,” said Allison.
Just like Roberts learned from her mother, she hopes her kids will continue the tradition.
“We’re instilling those traditions in our kids so that when they get older we can go over their house and do it,” said Roberts.
Roberts also decorates for Christmas, which she said the decorations are better than her Halloween tradition.