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Swedish kids celebrate with unusual Halloween pumpkins

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Swedish kids celebrate with unusual Halloween pumpkins
This Swedish pumpkin brings back troubling memories from last summer. Photo: Arvika kommun
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Sweden doesn't have centuries of Halloween tradition behind it like the US or UK, but the celebration is increasingly popular in the Scandinavian country, as a group of pre-school kids in western Swedish town Arvika proved.

Their expertly carved pumpkins have been given pride of place in the town’s main park, and while some stick with the tried and tested Halloween approach of making the vegetables look as ghastly as possible, others take a more Swedish, seasonal approach.


Photo: Arvika kommun


Photo: Arvika kommun

So while there are ghosts and witches aplenty, there is also one pumpkin with an autumnal hairdo, and another that looks to be in it for the long run with a Christmas theme.


Photo: Arvika kommun


Photo: Arvika kommun

This is the third year in a row that Arvika has displayed pumpkins carved by pre-school kids in the park, and making a point of visiting to look at them is turning into something of a tradition for the locals.

“Coming and looking at the pumpkins is usually a popular feature. They tend to be very beautiful and so imaginative that you’re impressed. The kids have used their imagination so the pumpkins are a lot of fun,” Dagmar Nilsson, the head of the parks and greenhouses department of Arvika municipality told SVT.

If there’s one of the 80 pumpkins that sums up 2016 best, it’s perhaps the impressively accurate representation of Pikachu. For anyone who missed it, Pokémon made an unlikely comeback in Sweden last summer thanks to a mobile phone game which had priests, politicians, and even a lowly reporter hooked.

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