Halloween Impalements: The Toll of Time

Halloween Impalements: The Toll of Time

– 1998, 2000–2004, 2006–2013, 2017 –

Inspired by the spikes on the long iron fence on the corner of Kane and Strong in Cobble Hill, I began, in 1998, to impale pumpkins on Halloween. For years, with the help of friends and family, I impaled 80 to 100 pumpkins on these spikes. Every pumpkin was unique. The impaled pumpkins were left to age as nature commanded, into gnarly remnants of themselves.

Starting in 2012, I invited neighbors and all pumpkin artists to contribute pumpkins to the fence.  In 2013, contributors added 62 to our 104 for a total of 166 pumpkins, and more than 1500 trick-or-treaters and their families stopped by.

Related Press

Untapped Cities2013 Pumpkin Impalement Featuring One Cobble Hill Fence and a Few Hundred Pumpkins, November 1, 2013.

The Wall Street JournalIn Cobble Hill, Bidding Farewell to a Rotten Art Exhibit, October 31, 2013, p. A17.

New York MagazineNeighborhood News, October 21, 2013.

HyperallergicThe Persistence of Time at Grand Central Terminal, May 23, 2013.

The New York TimesJane the Impaler and a Ghastly Halloween Tradition, October 31, 2011.

Today, Pumpkin impaler: Artist decorates spooky fence with heads for Halloween, October 17, 2012.

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