Year created: 2016
Hours to carve: 88
Total pumpkin count: 378
The Pumpkinferno team has remade this theme a total of three times in its 11 years of production. Being one of the most sought-after themes by our partnering companies who put on their own Pumpkinferno events, the Chinese [pumpkin] dragon has found a home in Morrisburg, Sudbury, Penetanguishene, and now Kingston!!
Reason for choosing this theme:
This theme was first created in 2012, the year that Pumpkinferno debuted. The year 2012 was also the year of the dragon in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese dragon represents good luck, strength, and health, making it the perfect theme to kick off what has turned into well-admired event! Back by popular demand of our visitors in 2016, this specific version of the dragon is the most recent remake (the third rendition)!
Year created: 2017
Hours to carve: 62
Total pumpkin count: 308
Though the entire event uses exclusively orange pumpkins, the Great White North was the exception: this exhibit uses only white pumpkins! With limited inventory of white pumpkins at the Pumpkinferno workshop, this made for a challenging endeavor, but in the end the results helped to create that “wintery” glow that the production team was chasing.
In 2017, Pumpkinferno celebrated Canada 150 by creating ALL CANADIAN themes! Inspired by Northern Canada and our famous Canadian winters, the Great White North was meant to immerse visitors into a winter wonderland.
Year created: 2018
Hours to carve: 162
Total pumpkin count: 725
In exhibits depicting people, such as those waiting for the train in this theme, our designer often uses the faces and/or bodies of staff on our production team (or their friends and family) as models for the designs! And made up of 271, the train in this theme is the largest exhibit on display at Pumpkinferno!
Steampunk is a fictional historical era that combines the aesthetics of the Victorian Era with retro-futuristic technology. Inspired by the juxtaposition of operating a contemporary event, Pumpkinferno, on the grounds of Upper Canada Village, a Victorian-age historic site (the original Pumpkinferno location), Steampunk Station was thus created. As Douglas Fetherling describes, “Steampunk is a genre that imagines how different the past might have been had the future come earlier.”
Part of this theme is a subtle play on “The Hockey Sweater” story by Canadian author Roch Carrier. The story is based on the author’s own love for hockey, and his childhood obsession with Montreal Canadiens’ star player, Maurice Richard, who wore jersey #9.
In 2017, Pumpkinferno celebrated Canada 150 by creating ALL CANADIAN themes! Of course, Patriotic Pastimes was at the top of the list; you can’t celebrate Canada without a good ol’ hockey game!
Hours to carve: 122
Total pumpkin count: 549
Creatures of the Current was chosen in order to provide variety in subject matter while keeping the event family friendly and enjoyed by all ages. Using blue backlighting and surrounding visitors with a large array of fish, seaweed, coral, sea shells, and many other underwater creatures, this theme was created with the intention of immersing visitors into the scene, to make them feel like they are underwater or in an aquarium.
Year created: 2015 + 2016
Hours to carve: 38
Total pumpkin count: 187
• The figures and symbols in this theme represent various legends and stories told to children in the Mohawk culture to instill morals and principles to follow as they grow into themselves. Depicted are the “Three Sisters”, “Flying Head”, “Celestial Tree” and “Atotarho.”
In 2015 and 2016, Upper Canada Village partnered with a local Indigenous artist, Victoria Ransom, from the Native North American Travelling College (NNATC), to come up with the ideas for this theme. She created the preliminary sketches and the Pumpkinferno team turned those sketches into pumpkins!