Sometime back in the 1930s or 1940s a researcher named T. P. Vukavonic was conducting an intensive study of the Lesani Gypsies.
The Gypsies told him many tales of their people, one of which was of the Vampire Pumpkin.
The mythology of the creature was well explained, but in retrospect, it was almost certainly made up to play a prank on the poor researcher.
An entry of this creature is in my book, Actual Factual: Dracula not because I believe that it is real, but because the Vampire Pumpkin has become a part of the mythology of the vampire.
I have a Travel Doll, a sock monkey named Salty. For the past 7 years he and I have gone lots of places together and have had our photo taken with stars of ever calibur.
But what I love the best is when I met other folks who have their own Travel Dolls, as I did at DragonCon 2007.
Deb (aka Sister Cuervo) and Rebecca from Atlanta have a Voodoo Gunn (from Angel TV show) and a Spike doll (from BtVS and Angel fame) as well as Captain John from the BBC TV show Torchwood.