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Like many other crops, pumpkins have had a hard season this year.

In the east, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee swamped the pumpkin patches. But Oklahoma growers have had the opposite problem – sweltering heat and not enough water.

Little ghosts and goblins shouldn’t despair. The resourceful operators of local pumpkin patches have made sure there will be enough jack-o’-lanterns to go around.

“Don’t worry. We will have pumpkins a’ plenty,” said Don Carmichael of Carmichael’s Pumpkin Patch at 171st Street and Mingo Road in Bixby. He said they open the pumpkin patch for the kids Oct. 1.

“I am in good shape. As far as availability, we are going to have a pumpkin for every kid.”

Carmichael said that they usually raise some of their own, but this year the summer heat took its toll.

“The flooding on the East Coast hurt the pumpkin patches, and the dry weather here cut back the pumpkin crop,” Carmichael said.

Carmichael’s patch has been offering pumpkins for the past 35 years. When they need to buy pumpkins from other states – like they did this year – he relies on his longtime contacts.

“So even though there is a shortage, they are not running up my prices because they know I am looking to buy next year,” Carmichael said.

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