Rhode Island Man Creates A House Of 1,000 Pumpkins To Raise Funds For Cancer Society
A guy in Rhode Island named Tim Perry is using his annual Halloween display to raise money for the American Cancer Society again this year. He calls it the "House of 1,000 Pumpkins."
Tim Perry from Cranston, Rhode Island, has set up a unique fundraising display for the American Cancer Society. At his residence, located at 46 Elm Dr, he has carved at least 1,000 pumpkins to create what he calls the "House of 1,000 Pumpkins."
What Is The Purpose?
The purpose of the display is to raise awareness for people fighting cancer, including Perry's wife, Sue.
My wife was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago. She had two surgeries and is cancer-free, thankfully," Perry told The National Desk during an interview outside his home, adding that he is empathetic to anyone who has cancer or knows someone who is fighting the disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and their goal is to end cancer through advocacy, research, and patient support.
How Long Has He Been Carving Pumpkins?
Perry has been carving pumpkins for nearly 20 years and this is his fourth year creating a big display. The number of pumpkins he carves has been increasing year by year, from 500 to 660 to 1,000 in 2022 and now to 1,400. However, only 1,000 will be available for viewing after swapping out the older ones. It takes Perry around three hours to carve an average pumpkin, while some more intricate designs take longer, like the one for the Day of the Dead.
They are craft pumpkins, so I can save them and add more every year,” Perry said.
His pumpkins display a variety of characters such as rock stars, villains, child-friendly movie characters, and even reality TV judges.
I'm big into rock music, and rock bands, and heavy metal, especially," he said. "And then, of course, I love horror stuff," he said.
What Else Is At The House Of 1,000 Pumpkins?
The display is further enhanced with various props like a 12-foot skeleton, a giant spider, a 9-foot zombie, and a skull tower. The property also has a line of 100 illuminated mini-pumpkins, making it a unique and enjoyable experience for visitors.
"My friend, who's in a band, created this music for me to play," he said, noting that the band's name is Jump the Fall. They are based out of Massachusetts.
When Is The Display Up?
The display is lit up nightly until 11 p.m. Perry loves interacting with the visitors, and he is passionate about creating these jack-o-lanterns.
"I work on them basically throughout the whole year because I just love carving pumpkins," he said. "This is what I do for fun."
Learn more about the display and how to donate on Perry's Facebook page.