In addition to being carved and baked into pies, pumpkins are routinely smashed in the lead up to the Halloween holiday.
WARREN, RHODE ISLAND (NBC) - Late October is a cruel time to be a pumpkin. As Halloween approaches, these large round gourds, once so imposing and orange, are routinely smashed in varied and imaginative ways.
One garden variety squash of average size and weight met its demise at the hands of a troop of Orangutans at the Griffith Park Zoo in Los Angeles.
Not to be out done, keepers at the Oklahoma Zoo drove a herd of elephants straight through the pumpkin patch. Even the baby got into the act.
But the most horrifying fate is reserved for the largest and most noble specimen. In Buffalo, New York, a 1000 lb giant was dropped from high in the air without any regard to what will happen when it hits the ground.