By Emily Beliveau, Digital Project Assistant

This year, our museum pumpkin is inspired by the History Hall funeral parlour display — it’s a jack-o’-lantern hearse, complete with casket and occupant. The styling was based on a horse-drawn hearse on display at the museum, a late-1800s model that was used in Dungannon,  as shown in the photo below.

This is a picture of the hearse M950.1459.001. The men in it are Robert Bowers, the driver and William Sproul, the undertaker and owner of the hearse, in Dungannon, Ont.

Horse-drawn hearse with Robert Bowers, driver, (left) and William Sproul, undertaker, (right) in Dungannon, Ont. in the late 1880s. Photograph by J. W. Trussler, Object ID 1950.1459.039. You can see this hearse in person in the History Hall gallery at the Huron County Museum.