Yes, that's a real pumpkin from last Fall...it rests comfortably on this antique kitchen scale on my counter.
They are both survivors...the scale is well over 100 years old and the pumpkin is going on 7 months. I am amazed that this little pumpkin is still holding strong...not a soft spot to be found.
I originally had three of these pumpkins but when I was taking down my Fall decor to decorate for Christmas I tossed the other two. I really liked how this pumpkin looked on the old red scale so I decided to leave it for just a little while longer, I check it every week for signs of decline but so far there are none.
It just goes to show you that with a good support system you can survive just about anything.