West Seattle scenes: ‘Magic Wishing Pumpkins’ pop up

Three sightings of these “Magic Wishing Pumpkins” have been reported to us in the past two days … from two West Seattle neighborhoods. Top photo is from Dano, who says he happened onto them in the Alki area. They are accompanied by a poem, and a whimsical warning – he shared photos of both:

Dano reported, “Children walking by were making pumpkin wishes after reading the little Halloween poem….. So cool!” Then, two Junction sightings came in .. Desiree sent photos tonight that had the poem and warning on the same page, along with a smaller group of pumpkins, while this one was sent this morning by Mike, saying he saw one big “wishing pumpkin”:

Each of the three “warnings” in Dano, Desiree, and Mike’s photos suggests a different fate would befall a tamperer; the wish invitations, though, each have the same verbiage. To check that it’s not something mass-produced, we tried web searches … nothing comes up for “Magic Wishing Pumpkins,” so maybe they’re just … magic

26 Replies to "West Seattle scenes: 'Magic Wishing Pumpkins' pop up"

  • Watsosc October 9, 2012 (11:23 pm)

    Where are the cross streets of the junction pumpkins?! I wanna make a wish!!

  • shed22 October 10, 2012 (12:51 am)

    Yes!! More of this, please!

  • JoB October 10, 2012 (5:35 am)

    i love living where whimsy abounds

  • Eilis Flynn October 10, 2012 (6:03 am)

    I just figured it was part of the charm that is West Seattle!

  • SudsyMaggie October 10, 2012 (6:52 am)

    The spirit of Halloween – I love it!

  • Jennifer October 10, 2012 (7:03 am)

    How fun!

  • AG October 10, 2012 (8:38 am)

    Aww, I love this! We need some magic wishing pumpkins in the Westwood area too. :)

  • sun*e October 10, 2012 (9:18 am)

    Awwwww, Whimsy West Seattle…it’s just the best place to live. :-)

  • WSDiva October 10, 2012 (9:31 am)

    What are the cross streets in the Alki area? Would love to stop by and make a wish with the kids! Thanks for the magical treat!

  • Sonic October 10, 2012 (9:43 am)

    I can’t remember exactly where the magic pumpkins are in the Junction. I do know they are on the East side of the street, perhaps just a little north of where Fleurt is…

  • BlairJ October 10, 2012 (11:12 am)

    Oh those artists. Making our lives unpredictable again!

  • HC @ Arbor Heights October 10, 2012 (11:22 am)

    Very very cool! Warms my heart and makes me smile. :-)

  • miws October 10, 2012 (11:33 am)

    How cool!


    I like the “Warnings”! May give a potential vandal a chuckle, and soften their heart a bit to where they won’t carry out their act after all.



  • 2 Much Whine October 10, 2012 (11:45 am)

    I have a special place in my heart for magic pumpkins.

  • EPanther October 10, 2012 (11:51 am)

    Reason number 1,200,073 why I love living in West Seattle and have been here since 1995.

  • Stargater October 10, 2012 (11:54 am)

    THIS IS AWESOME!! How wonderful is it for someone to take the time to do this. Especially, without having a need for credit. I saw one at the crosswalk by Puerto Vallarta in the Junction. It made me smile.
    In a world in turmoil, what a great positive thoughtful thing to do. May the curses truly befall anyone who damages them !!!
    THANK YOU to the Great Pumpkin(s) that have left us this treasure!

  • norsk girl October 10, 2012 (12:02 pm)

    Thank you imaginative folks for this whimsical treat. And to the other kindred souls (i.e. yard artists) who bless W. Seattle with such magic, fun, silliness,whimsy and help keep us all young at heart.

  • Mike October 10, 2012 (12:25 pm)

    The one I snapped a picture of in the Junction is on the West side of the street by Husky Deli (near the crosswalk)

  • gina October 10, 2012 (1:08 pm)

    Saw two in Admiral area. One on California Ave and one by College St. Lander and 42nd are the other cross streets. Both are in very PUBLIC places.

  • Cranky Westie October 10, 2012 (1:28 pm)

    This is just the sort of supernatural TERRORISM I have been trying valiantly to warn West Seattle, The Kiwanis Club and the TSA about for weeks! These pumpkins are the shock troops of the new world order! Clever, attractive vegetables
    today- your slave master tomorrow! Beware! I, for one, will be hiding in my laundry room. Watch the skies!

    • WSB October 10, 2012 (1:30 pm)

      Cranky, you sure they’re not fruits? No, wait. Gourd vs squash! Discuss!
      Gina – that’s at least four sightings, then. The plot – pulp – thickens!

  • water taxi rider October 10, 2012 (5:04 pm)

    On 60th ave and alki ave..just a walk down from Tully’s. My dog and I got a kick out of them when they lit up our morning walk at 5:30am!

  • soosan October 10, 2012 (8:02 pm)

    There’s one in front of the WS library — some kids were enjoying it immensely this afternoon.

  • Carrie Ann October 10, 2012 (8:24 pm)

    There are three in front of Lafayette Elementary. I thought someone at the school (a class project, perhaps) had done them. My kids were having fun making all sorts of wishes, yesterday. My son instantly wishes for “a billion more wishes!” Well played, kid.

  • breezygirl October 11, 2012 (2:47 pm)

    One of these wonderful pumpkins appeared outside of my work this morning at Alki Mail & Dispatch!! Its wonderful and we love it!

  • Dano October 13, 2012 (10:08 pm)

    I saw another pumpkin outside of Coastal on Alki this morning!

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