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Frank Zappa with pumpkin, during one of his Halloween concerts, late 1970s.

Pumpkins are a part of Zappa's Conceptual Continuity. Zappa used the word as a nickname for his wife, Gail Zappa.


  • Zappa later named the record company Barking Pumpkin Records after Gail's smoker's cough, which made her a "barking pumpkin" in his opinion. The logo of "Barking Pumpkin" feature a jack-o-lantern pumpkin saying "Arf!", while a cat says "Holy shit!" in Chinese.
  • The mail order number of Barfko-Swill was named "818-Pumpkin".