A lack of pumpkins this year is being blamed on low numbers of bees this summer, and a blight that attacked crops in the fall.
Would-be pumpkin carvers have been going from store to store on the Northeast Avalon, only to discover that the pumpkins are sold out.
Jeremy Taylor of Taylor's Farm in Foxtrap said although spring was a good season, bees were scarce in July when pollination is critical.
"A lot of pumpkins didn't get pollinated, and numbers were down, especially from last year," said Taylor.
"We set extra seeds in the spring ... still, we had a pretty good crop, and then in early October, seemed like a fungus, a blight got into the pumpkins ... and with all the rain and humidity, seems like a quite a bit of rot got in there."
It was a double whammy for Taylor who said other farmers were having similar experiences.
"I talked to other farmers on the west coast, Paul Lomond in Cormack, farmers in the Goulds ... and everybody had the same story. "
Taylor said that pumpkins brought in from the Maritimes were also affected.
"I was talking to a farmer in the Goulds, and they brought in some, and they ran into the same problem with those. They had a nice bit of spoilage with those, and it made for a real scarcity," he said.
"Once it [rot] hits, and starts to show, it happens pretty quickly. Before Thanksgiving weekend, I had about, maybe 20 pumpkins, I just saw the rotten ones ... but then over three or four days, I had almost 700 that went."
Taylor sold out of his pumpkin supply last Saturday.