Quite possibly the largest inflatable Halloween decoration in the city is delighting children and bewildering neighbors on Berkshire Road in Windsor Farms. Its owner, Andrew Beil, says he picked up the sinister, two-story-tall pumpkin from a company in California for $2,400.
He plans to buy another next year. Both will go in his yard, he says.
Neighbors aren't exactly sure what to make of it. Ollie Reese, who lives next door, says he likes it. But his girlfriend thinks it's creepy, he says: "It's not a happy pumpkin."
Another neighbor, who declines to give her name, worries that it will scare children. "It's menacing," she says.
A 1-year-old in a stroller doesn't seem to notice. His mother, Lauren Patton, stops to take a picture, assuring a reporter that her son "absolutely loves it."