Glowing zombies sculpted from pumpkins crawl out of the ground at Botanical Gardens

If you want a real fright this Halloween,  take a look at these glowing zombies crawling out of the ground in front of  trembling passers-by.

The creepy undead figures have been carved  out of giant pumpkins at New York’s Botanical Gardens.

An upright zombie pulls his decaying friend  out of the ground in this terrifying display at the Haunted Pumpkin  Garden.

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Grim on the inside: The zombie pumpkins' skin peels off to reveal pale, bony bodies

Grim on the inside: The zombie pumpkins’ skin peels off  to reveal pale, bony bodies

Neighbour from hell: You wouldn't want to see this foul vegetable peering up at you from next door's garden

Neighbour from hell: You wouldn’t want to see this foul  vegetable peering up at you from next door’s garden

The scary sculptures are part of a month of  haunted horrors at the gardens, with families jumping out of their skin at  chilling sights including the biggest bat in the world and the Gigantic Flying  Fox of Malaysia.

Visitors will also be able to take a  masterclass and learn to craft their own ghoulish gourds.

Each petrifying pumpkin was hand-carved by  master carver Ray Villafane, of Food Network fame, and his team – Andy Bergholtz  (a  current contestant on Food Network’s Halloween Wars), Trevor Grove,  Alfred  Paredes and Chris Vierra.

Members of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth  will also be on hand to talk about their passion for growing the gargantuan  gourds.

Putrid pips: Visitors can have a go at creating their own designs - although their pumpkins may not be as massive

Putrid pips: Visitors can have a go at creating their  own designs – although their pumpkins may not be as massive

An upright zombie carved from giant pumpkins
Pumpkin scene
Spooky squash: The terrifying creatures lurch through  the gardens after being carefully carved into shape

Brave souls will be able to follow up their  lesson in the ways of the undead with a spooky forest walk.

This year has seen a bumper pumpkin harvest,  despite an early drought, with some already smashing weight  records.

The latest champion to visit the garden is a  2009-pound behemoth, which took the title for grower Ron Wallace on September 28  in Massachusetts.

There are at least two weeks left on the  weigh-in schedule, which means another pumpkin might sneak up on us to produce a  surprise win.

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