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Smashing the Guinness World Record: 32,000 jack'o lanterns lit for Halloween

Pumpkin fest aims for the best

Pumpkin-carving history is about to made if the Great Pumpkin Fest of 2010, held in Chicago in the US state of Illinois, is a success. The aim is to beat the 2006 Guinness World Record for 30,128 jack'o lanterns lit up in one location (a merit currently held by Boston). The target: a mind-blowing wall of 32,000 illuminated carved pumpkins.

"We are going to break the world record this year by working with pumpkin farmers from all over the Midwest from Wisconsin to downstate Illinois, and have pumpkin carving at every school, religious organisation, community organisation and the local military bases," says festival organiser Alderman Eric Falberg in a press release.

We'll find out if they succeed in making Halloween history on Saturday October 23, at the end of the four-day festival, which also features pumpkin pie-eating competitions, pumpkins fun runs and a pumpkin regatta. Watch the video above to see the pumpkin connoisseurs' practice for their world record attempt.

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What do you think of their world record attempt? And what are your plans for Halloween?

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