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This article is about the holiday drop from Hallowe'en 2001. For the disguise penguins wear on Hallowe'en, see Penguin (Penguin Hide and Seek).
For the pumpkin that can be worn on the head, see Jack lantern mask.
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Pumpkin can no longer be obtained in RuneScape after an update but still exists in-game for those who had done so.
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Pumpkins were the first Holiday item to be dropped, and the first item to be discontinued from the game. The drop occurred all around Gielinor on 31 October 2001, marking the 2001 Hallowe'en event. During the Hallowe'en event of 2001, pumpkins were found scattered around various towns and areas at different times during the day.

As no holiday event had been done before, everyone was taken by surprise and not many players managed to obtain them. There were players who didn't bother to pick any up because of the limited bank space (48 items) available in RuneScape Classic at the time.

A large quantity of these items were lost early on as players viewed them as nothing more than a fun item/food, the concept of discontinued items weren't formed until much later. Players would take pumpkins into the newly released wilderness as food or simply drop them when they needed inventory space.

Upon release, many players ate their pumpkins, because they heal more than lobsters, which were more difficult to obtain at the time.

It is strongly recommended for players with a pumpkin in their possession to note it when withdrawing from the bank, as it may be accidentally consumed. Jagex has added a warning message that appears if you attempt to eat it. Eating it heals 200 to 900 life points, depending on your Constitution level. Like the Easter egg, Ghasts will rot this item without giving a warning. Oddly enough, they cannot be given to adventurers and starving campers during Temple Trekking as apparently, they do not count as a food item.

Despite their release being earlier than Partyhats, there is a significantly lower demand for pumpkins due to no wear option, so players are unable to show off their wealth as easily. It is possible to do this by feeding it to a baby troll, whose name is that of the first thing it eats; however, this could be considered wasteful as it permanently removes the item from the game. Before the re-introduction of free trade, Pumpkins, along with Easter eggs and Disks of returning, were used as currency to trade up for the more expensive Partyhats.

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