Feral pumpkin sightings appear to be on the rise and certainly reports of attacks are, unfortunately, becoming more commonplace (via PF Magic). Furthermore, feral pumpkin attacks tend to peak during the spring mating season, which falls roughly six months after Halloween. However following a few easy tips and your risk of a feral pumpkin attack can be greatly reduced.
First, never garden at night. No matter how urgent it might seem your night vision is no match for a feral pumpkin’s. Keep in mind over 90% of pumpkin attacks occur during night time gardening so stick to afternoon gardening and your risks of an attack drop greatly. Second, consider skipping gardening at dusk and dawn as well. Feral pumpkins appear to be primarily nocturnal but there have been numerous sightings at dawn and dusk, especially near compost bins. Third, feral pumpkins tend to roll in packs and when confronted with a large feral pumpkin you must be prepared for the smaller feral pumpkins attacking from the back and sides. Try to keep your back to a wall or ditch or side of the house. Avoid large flat areas with thick low shrubbery. Finally, always wear sunglasses when gardening. The feral pumpkin’s preferred mode of attack is spitting partially fermented pumpkin seeds into the eyes of it’s victim. Sunglasses can prevent this.