Pumpkins Get Weird as Growers Breeding Uglier Crop for Halloween

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  • Buyers shun traditional orange for blue, pink, veins and warts
  • Unusual gourds fetch premium as seed companies add varieties

A pumpkin is hoisted off a truck to be weighed at the 42nd annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California on October 12, 2015.

Photographer: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Since 1999, the Ackerman family of Illinois has been selling the round orange pumpkins that most Americans carve into decorative jack-o’-lanterns every Halloween. But in recent years, the gourds have been getting a lot weirder.

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