By HOLLY THOMAS
Getting hers early: Vanessa Hudgens does her pumpkin shopping in Studio City amidst a country-wide blight
One of America's favourite holidays has come under threat, as severe weather and disease have blighted the pumpkin harvest in swathes over the country.
But it seems 22-year-old Vanessa Hudgens is planning to beat the Great Pumpkin Shortage and ensure she at least enjoys a traditional Halloween.
The High School Musical star was spotted browsing a local patch with her younger sister Stella.
Is this the white one? Vanessa was joined by her sister Stella, and the pair checked out some unusual pale gourds
Looking casual in jeans and a white vest, Vanessa hit Ralph's food shop and a furniture store in Studio City Los Angeles before getting her hands dirty among the squashes.
The star looked at a variety of sizes, appearing interested in some unusual white gourds.
Vanessa is wise to snap up her Halloween accessory early, as the major celebration looks to be severely hit by the pumpkin shortage.
Size matters: The duo seemed interested in some very big pumkins
Tender moment: The sisters shared a hug in the patch
According to farmers in the Northeast, wholesale prices of pumpkins have doubled in some areas, with 'pumpkin profiteering' by unscrupulous traders being reported.
The dearth has occurred as a result of the heavy rains during the spring and summer, which aggravated a subsequent outbreak of fungus.
Hurricane Irene was also a crucial factor, with one New York farmer seeing '15,000 to 20,000 pumpkins, washed into Lake Champlain.'
Watch where you tread: Stella's sturdy red leather shoes were in danger of rushing some of the more delicate squashes
Revealing: Vanessa's top showed a little more than it should while she was in the furniture shop
Preserving her modesty: Vanessa had to pull her vest top up as it kept riding low and revealing her green bra
Quite a haul: The sisters seemed to be stocking up
Light refreshment: Vanessa stopped off for some cooling drinks and healthy snacks
More Halloween preparation? Vanessa bought an Epson Projector at Best Buy in Sherman Oaks
Steady on Stella! Vanessa's younger sibling looked keener to smile for the pap than the High School Musical star
Not a hair out of place: The duo checked their 'dos in unison