The “highlight” of our trip to Vermont last weekend was the Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire.
The community was competing to win the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of simultaneously lit Jack-o-Lanterns.
Thousands of people hauled their carved pumpkins to the town square.
At nightfall, the jack-o-lanterns were all aglow– over 30,000 of them, displayed on stands for blocks and blocks on Main Street.
What a spirited showing for this small town!
Lots of kids at the family-friendly event were in costume, and the cosplayers were out in full force.
The official count was 30,581 pumpkins, which topped the previous world record set by Boston in 2006.
There were many elaborate carvings, but the artwork was scarified at the the end of the evening, when volunteers cleared out the pumpkin displays.