Watch: Knights go 'Medieval' on leftover Halloween pumpkins

 
 
Updated 11/5/2018 10:24 PM
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  • Edward Maciejczyk of Palatine uses a bola to destroy a tossed pumpkin as he and other knights from Medieval Times in Schaumburg used their weapons Monday to destroy leftover Halloween pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns.

      Edward Maciejczyk of Palatine uses a bola to destroy a tossed pumpkin as he and other knights from Medieval Times in Schaumburg used their weapons Monday to destroy leftover Halloween pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Pumpkin bits fly everywhere after Edward Maciejczyk of Palatine wields a mace as he and other knights at Medieval Times in Schaumburg destroyed leftover Halloween pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns on Monday.

      Pumpkin bits fly everywhere after Edward Maciejczyk of Palatine wields a mace as he and other knights at Medieval Times in Schaumburg destroyed leftover Halloween pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns on Monday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Travis Frerichs of Roselle and other Medieval Times knights used their weapons Monday to destroy leftover Halloween pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns in Schaumburg.

      Travis Frerichs of Roselle and other Medieval Times knights used their weapons Monday to destroy leftover Halloween pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns in Schaumburg. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Zachary Wiegand of Schaumburg eschews his sword and takes out his rage with a shield as knights at Medieval Times in Schaumburg use their weapons to destroy leftover Halloween pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns on Monday.

      Zachary Wiegand of Schaumburg eschews his sword and takes out his rage with a shield as knights at Medieval Times in Schaumburg use their weapons to destroy leftover Halloween pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns on Monday. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Zachary Wiegand of Schaumburg uses his mace Monday to crush a pumpkin to bits at Medieval Times in Schaumburg.

      Zachary Wiegand of Schaumburg uses his mace Monday to crush a pumpkin to bits at Medieval Times in Schaumburg. Rick West | Staff Photographer

While many may simply be dumping their used Halloween pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns in the trash this week, a few in Schaumburg Monday went absolutely medieval on the squash.

Knights at the Medieval Times castle observed National Pumpkin Destruction Day by attacking the autumnal orange fruit with the 14th-century weapons normally reserved for the jousting done during shows.

The guest cast of Monday's outdoor performance was donated by Goebbert's Farm & Garden Center in nearby South Barrington, as well as Medieval Times fans who wanted to dispose of their own leftover pumpkins in spectacular fashion.

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