Here's an eerie tale of Cinderella and her pumpkin that will be sure to get you in the spooky spirit!
Her step-family forbade Ella to go to the Royal Ball. So she made her own Prince Charming using a pumpkin for a head, kindling for a body, her father's old clothes and a glowing coal for a heart so she would always carry a flame for her. She carved the magic word into his forehead and brought him back to life.
They danced around the kitchen all night until she fell asleep by the hearth The Pumpkin Prince knew he didn't have much time. He wanted to do one last thing for her. He crept out of the house, returning as the clock struck twelve. His kindling body collapsed, his pumpkin head tumbled to the ground, and the coal clattered to the floor, a cold cinder.
Ella awoke to the news that her cruel stepmother and stepsisters had been waylaid on their way back from the Ball and would never come home.
Sitting down to a bowl of fresh pumpkin soup, Ella didn't mind at all.
🎃 Written by the wonderful Patrick from our Visitor Engagement team.
🖼️ Valentine Cameron Prinsep, Cinderella, 1899