Halloween is originally an Irish invention, but now it seems the success of the day has overwhelmed pumpkin suppliers.

Retailers there are struggling to meet Halloween lover’s demands of pumpkins this year, as the holiday is growing in popularity “year on year,” according to the biggest retailer Tesco.

A spokesperson for the company told the Independent that the chain’s 52,000 pumpkins, which are grown just outside Dundalk in Co Louth, have all gone. Other suppliers are reporting the same problem.

So whatever about the recession, or perhaps because of it, the Irish are determined to have all the trimmings.

Consumers in Ireland are also splurging on Halloween decorations and costumes, with Tesco reporting a 30% increase in the sale of adult costumes.