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Breaking pumpkin records by Ann Treacy
October 24, 2010, 7:10 pm
Filed under: Chicago

We had a very Halloweeny weekend in Chicago. On Saturday afternoon we went and painted shop windows in Glenview – we were invited to do so. We weren’t going for any graffiti gags. The girls did a nice job with their painting. (Sean was at a birthday party.) Later that evening, we went to break a world record – the most jack-o-lanterns. They were going for 36,000 lit jack-o-lanterns. We personally carved 8. It was very fun. We got there right at dusk so by the time we figured out the pumpkin process it was pretty dark. It’s perfect environment for carving pumpkins with kids.

Actually it wasn’t bad. Aine let me help a little. Bridie was OK with a lot of help – and the other girls were fine on their own. Then the big girls started to light up pumpkins. As you can see from the pictures, there were 5-6 rows of scaffolding for the pumpkins. I at least made the girls promise to focus on the lower rows.

We thought the planners were very lucky with weather. They had been predicting storms all day and it had rained much of the morning. So when we felt a few raindrops we headed for the car. We got there just before the big downpour. We’re not sure what then become of the pumpkin light – but I think they were very close to the numbers they needed. And everyone had to sign in when they carved a pumpkin so I think they’ll be OK.

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