Hannah Dill and Stella Harrison with the 232-pound pumpkin that Hannah, 5, won in a contest from Save-On-Foods.  (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

Little kid, big pumpkin in Oak Bay

Neighbour makes expert Jack-o-lantern of 232-pound gourd

A giant Jack-o-lantern lit up Oliver Street this Halloween.

Following a trip to Vic West where so her older brother could zoom around the skate park, five-year-old Hannah Dill scratched her name on contest entry for a giant pumpkin at the Save-On-Foods store.

Grandpa Tim Weckand helped her fill out the form. And she won. Getting the 232-pound pumpkin home was easier than one might think, but still involved a palette.

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“When we won, we called [Weckand], who has a truck,” said Hannah’s dad, Ryan Dill.

“It took three of the store employees to put it in the truck,” Weckand said.

Then came the conundrum of what to do with the pumpkin.

“We’ve been here for a few years and we knew Bob [Strachan] from a few houses down is great at [carving] pumpkins so we thought we’d ask,” Dill said. “I didn’t want to butcher this. If it was me carving it, it would have triangle eyes and mouth.”

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Strachan is known for having two dozen highly detailed Jack-o-lanterns in his yard each Halloween. He humbly cleared his day and spent seven hours carving a face that’s not too spooky, but not too friendly, just as Hannah hoped.

The kindergarten student from Margaret Jenkins, in fact, would likely fit inside the pumpkin though she didn’t find the idea particularly inviting and opted to decline.

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