"Every once in a while in the carving station, you'll hear the dreaded word, 'oops,' " he said. "But if I ever get to the point where that upsets me, I should give this up."
Griffith, who calls himself the Clark Griswold of Halloween, started all this in 1978 when he carved a modest five pumpkins for his three then-young daughters.
The next year he did a few more, and a few more after that, and then the idea just seemed to take off exponentially as neighbors, town folk and others heard about the guy with all the pumpkins.
Griffith, now a grandfather of five, pays for the pumpkins out of his own pocket. When he ran for mayor in 2007, a friend put pumpkins on his campaign literature and he figures that's what got him elected.
Three years ago, he approached his town leaders and folks next door in Ceredo and said, "Most towns have a festival and worry about getting crowds there. We have a crowd and no festival."
Thus began the Ceredo-Kenova Fall Festival, an event that started earlier this week with a parade and continues with food, crafts, a haunted house and other events. Pumpkin House will remain up and lighted through Halloween, as long as weather permits - warm temperatures can wreak havoc on the condition of the pumpkins.
"The end of this is ugly. There's no other way to say it," Griffith said. Pumpkins, once they are carved, start to mold and attract fruit flies pretty quickly. Fortunately, area farmers are happy to pick up the scraps, which become animal feed.
The pumpkins keep on giving, too. Griffith said without fail, vines will crop up in his yard. One year, a bag of scraps hoisted by a volunteer burst, dumping residue all over the volunteer and into a nearby forsythia bush.
The next spring, the bush sprouted more than its own yellow blossoms as a pumpkin vined up through it.
"We got a dozen pumpkins from our forsythia bush that year," Griffith said.
Next week, the whole process will be reversed, the wiring and infrastructure taken apart and stored at Walker Transfer, the tools rinsed off and the tables stored away.
And Griffith will lay low. Sure, he says, he decorates for Christmas.
"But it's rather traditional."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.