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Forget about spooky black cats, witches, ghosts and goblins; think about what happens to your pumpkin.

Halloween is indeed well-timed to the season of conspicuous death and decay. Forget about spooky black cats, witches, ghosts and goblins! Instead think about what happens to Jack 'O Lantern left to itself over the next several months…

Whether you love or hate the pumpkin spice trend that is rampant this time of year, it seems the marketplace is finding an increasingly large number of ways to incorporate the flavor of fall into nearly all ingestible products. We had planned to give our own top five weirdest pumpkin flavored products, but then we realized that virtually everything has a seasonal pumpkin slant these days. Instead, we present to you: Things That Should NEVER Get Pumpkin Spiced. We encourage you to submit your own.

Here's a few that didn't make the fancy poster:

1. Pumpkin Tuna

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According to Wells-Fargo, the e-cigarette market is an estimated 2.5 billion dollar industry and is projected to reach 10 billion dollars in the next 3 years. On Today’s show, we uncover the surprisingly complex vaping scene.

Then, from gum drop bread to the rib sticker, we get nostalgic for the locally-produced-independently-published cookbook. Plus, a look at the beer industry’s dangerous love affair with pumpkin-spice.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

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Governor Maggie Hassan says a company may have staged the massive house parties that broke out into riots in Keene Saturday and early Sunday morning.

After meeting with officials from the city and Keene State College Sunday, Hassan explained the parties were broadcast on social media.

"As far as we can tell," Hassan says, "there are companies now that advertise parties around certain events often near college campuses, attract people there, and the people are encouraged to do things that are then videotaped and put on social media."

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Before riots overshadowed the festivities in Keene on Saturday, thousands gathered in the city's downtown for the annual spectacle of thousands of jack-o'-lanterns lining Main Street.

Click above to see a gallery of some of the pumpkins, which include corporate-sponsored carvings, political messages, and at least one marriage proposal. 

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A New Hampshire man's 1,900-pound pumpkin has won the top prize at a fair and is believed to be the state record.

Hiram Watson of Farmington won the $5,500 prize at the recent fair in Topsfield, Massachusetts, which is affiliated with a group called the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth that and sets weight regulations.

Watson planted his seed on April 10. Some cold weather in September caused some worry that the pumpkin would split, but Watson and his wife covered it with blankets and a tarp.

Disheartened Jack-o-Lanterns
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With pumpkin season in full swing, many Granite Staters are enjoying baked goods, snacks, and beverages flavored with this signature fall fruit.  And then, of course, there's the annual rite of pumpkin carving. Weekend Edition host Amanda Loder talked with The Heart of New England e-magazine's Marcia Passos Duffy about how to wring pumpkin flavor out of post-Halloween jack-o-lantern remains.

This November, tens of thousands will again head for a frozen field in Delaware to watch more than one hundred massive machines throw fruit into the sky. It turns out New Hampshire has some top teams in the sport of pumpkin chunking.

Yes, those who do it consider it a sport.

Photo by Rick Ganley

Cartoon character Linus Van Pelt explains to Charlie Brown’s sister, Sally, how the “Great Pumpkin” rises from the “most sincere” pumpkin patch.

The website “pumpkinnook.com” tracks pumpkin festivals and weigh-ins from coast to coast. NH offerings this year included the highly competitive weigh-off at Deerfield Fair, the Pumpkin Festival in Keene, a pumpkin “chunkin” contest in Milford, a “giant pumpkin drop” from a crane into a portable swimming pool and a pumpkin regatta with giant pumpkins floating on the Piscataquog River in Goffstown.