A popular fall riddle about school crossing guards and pumpkins is:
Q: Who helps the little pumpkins cross the road to school?
A: The crossing gourd.
“Yield to the crossing gourd”—with a link to a picture of a pumpkin—was posted on Twitter on November 27, 2010. The riddle has been cited in print since at least 2012.
Digital art of “The Friendly Crossing Gourd” was posted on Reddit on July 12, 2016.
yield to the crossing gourd: d-faith-k has added a photo to the pool:
I thought I would take some fall sunset ... http://bit.ly/eOHHMG
8:23 PM - 27 Nov 2010
Canada Free Press
Questions We re Often Asked: What to do with Your Giant Pumpkin
By Wes Porter —— Bio and Archives October 9, 2012
Isn’t it dangerous for pumpkins to cross a road? No, they always wait for a crossing gourd
Corny Joke of the Day: Who helps the little pumpkins cross the road to school?—The Crossing Gourd.
5:26 AM - 14 Sep 2014
#RiddleMeThis Who helped the little pumpkins cross the road to school?
The crossing gourd! #FallFunny
12:37 PM - 25 Sep 2014
Who helps little pumpkins cross the road to school?
The crossing gourd!
Happy Fall Y’all!
7:09 AM - 1 Oct 2014
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October 3, 2014 Gail Terp
Who helps the little pumpkins cross the road to school?
The Crossing Gourd
How does a pumpkin cross the road? A CROSSING GOURD
9:41 AM - 25 Jun 2016
My Town Tutors
Fall Jokes: Top 25 Fall Jokes
Posted on September 22, 2016 by mmolloy
24. Who helps the little pumpkins cross the road to school?… The Crossing Gourd.
Orange County Department of Education—The Funding Tree (October 4, 2016)
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Pun-Kins: Punny Pumpkin Jokes
Who helps little pumpkins cross the road safely? The crossing gourd! What do you call a little pumpkin who doesn’t listen to the crossing gourd? Squash!