An unsolved mystery continues for a third consecutive Halloween in Chico. The Root wonders who is leaving elaborately-decorated pumpkins outside their South Chico Home.
It all started two years ago, in 2010. The Root family said they had extra white pumpkins left over from wedding decorations. They placed the white pumpkins on the fence posts outside their home on Fair Street.
One by one, someone started removing the pumpkins, and then returning them, fully decorated, until all 18 fence posts were filled with the colorful gourds.
The tradition continued in 2011. The pumpkin prankster started leaving notes last October, requesting more pumpkins. The pumpkins returned featuring some outrageously intricate designs including an alligator, a penguin, a globe and a rainbow.
Homeowners Marvin and Sherrie Root haven’t been able to figure out who is behind the pretty pumpkins. But they’re loving every minute of the mystery.
“I’m shocked someone would have this much creativity and want to share it with the world,” said Sherrie Root. “I think it’s actually for the community of Chico, I don’t think it’s for us. It makes me thrilled.”
Now it’s started again in 2012. The first decorated pumpkin arrived on the first day of fall, decorated as a royal courtier, carrying a trumpet and a printed message for the Roots.
The message reads “His & Her Royal Highness of the Pumpkin Capers bequest the Lords and Ladies of this Fair land to present the Royal Couple with their most regal and unique white pumpkins. The anointed Royal Pumpkins, befitting of the King and Queen will reside on these eighteen sovereign posts of Root Castle. The King and Queen have spoken!”
A second pumpkin followed decked out as a shiny royal carriage, and the third appeared Tuesday night. It resembled a royal guest, complete with veiled headpiece.
The dedicated decorator has even branched out to other holidays, leaving decorated pumpkins at Easter, St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s.
It appears the tradition will continue to grow. A small pumpkin patch as sprouted up on the edge of the Roots’ yard where they discard all the seeds from all those pumpkins. One pumpkin vine has wound its way up a nearby olive tree, where a large green pumpkin appears to be hanging from the tree, almost like a giant olive.