West Cape May’s Pumpkin Man

West Cape May, NJ -  Every Halloween for years, one West Cape May house has been a must visit for children both young and old.
Doug Letterman and Susan Crossan have delighted a generation of West Cape May kids with dozens of hand carved pumpkins.

But this year, they put the word out to the town that health issues would prevent Doug, the master pumpkin carver, from delivering on those carefully crafted pumpkins.

West Cape May’s mayor Pam Kaithern remembered taking her grown children, when they were young, to see the pumpkins on Pearl Street.  She called it a community tradition.  Doug said many of the original children who came to see his pumpkins years ago were now bringing their own children.

Unfortunately, after so many years and so many pumpkins, it looked like this Halloween tradition finally was about to end.

West Cape May would not let that happen.

The small community marshaled its pumpkin carving forces and churned out dozens of  intricately carved jack-o-lanterns, in time for the big night.

West Cape May residents delivered carved pumpkins with every face imaginable to Doug Letterman’s Pearl Street house on Halloween.



Doug and Susan said, simply,  they were overwhelmed.

Among the 50 or so jack-o-lanterns, one line of carved pumpkins clearly spelled out West Cape May’s message to their Pumpkin Man.

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Jane Kashlak - a journalist, gardener and Cape Island resident - is writing a book.