Pumpkin farmers are warning that the jack-o'-lantern will be in short supply this year. The dearth is due mostly to unusual weather patterns across the country this year: this year's Spring saw heavy rains, and last month Hurricane Irene destroyed hundreds of pumpkin patches in its path. This means there will be fewer patches to choose from, especially in the Northeast, and a definite hike in price.
So take some advice from one farmer, who put it simply, saying, "Get your pumpkins early." Have you spotted pumpkins yet?