Halloween is upon us! Most people like to dress up, carve pumpkins or go trick-or-treating to celebrate Fright Night, but these daring dudes decided to take it a bit further, breaking a few Halloween world records on the way!
1. Most pumpkins carved in one hour
Last Halloween, Trevor Hunt from New York achieved the accolade of most pumpkins carved in one hour – a cool 109! He smashed the previous record, which had been held by Stephen Clarke, who carved 42 pumpkins back in 2002 (pictured above).
2. Largest pumpkin pie
The New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers know how to celebrate Fright Night. In September 2010, in Ohio, they made a pumpkin pie that weighed in at a whopping 1,678kg. Hope it didn’t have a soggy bottom!
3. Largest gathering of people dressed as witches
In November 2013, a total of 1,607 Halloween-lovers dressed as witches took to the streets in Sort, Spain, for the largest ever congregation of cackling cronies. Brooming ‘eck!
4. Loudest scream (individual)
In October 2000, classroom assistant Jill Drake let out the loudest ever blood-curdling scream in the Millennium Dome, London. It reached a deafening 129 dBA when measured. Maybe she saw a ghost?
5. Largest jack o’lantern
Scott Cully from Bronx, US, scooped the award for largest jack o’lantern with his petrifying pumpkin in 2010, which weighed in at a massive 821.23kg! It also broke the record for heaviest pumpkin at the time. However, he was ‘squashed’ out of the running for the second award, when Beni Meier from Germany grew a 1,054kg pumpkin in 2014.
6. Most bones tattooed on the body
Rick Genest never has to worry about what to wear for Halloween – he has a ready-made, permanent costume! His body is covered in no less than 139 human bones tattoos, not to mention other corpse-like inks. The record was verified in Milan in 2011 – the same year that Rick also featured in Lady Gaga’s hit video for Born This Way, with Gaga shown covered in fake tattoos to replicate Rick’s.
7. Most costumed riders on a theme park ride
Put your hands in the air! In August 2011, a monstrous 330 witches, wizards, ghouls and goblins boarded the ‘Steel Force’ rollercoaster ride at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Pennsylvania. All the trains were loaded full to capacity and consecutively dispatched to achieve the record. Hair-raising!
8. First mathematical model for surviving a zombie attack
What would you do in an attack of the undead? In 2009, a group of students and mathematicians from Carleton University, Ottawa, and the University of Ottawa, Canada came up with a plan. According to their research, ‘While aggressive quarantine may contain the epidemic, or a cure may lead to coexistence of humans and zombies, the most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often.’
9. Longest line of carved pumpkins
Another squash-tastic record – the ‘Pumpkin Glow’ event in California last Halloween managed to line up a jaw-dropping 1,510 carved pumpkins. It was set up by FivePoint Communities. Wonder who created the best design?
10. Fastest 100m in a pumpkin
There’s a lot you can do with a pumpkin, but in May 2013, Dmitri Galitzine decided to use one as a raft! Using a kayak paddle, he managed to travel 100m in 2 minutes 0.3 seconds in a 600lb pumpkin at Trafalgar Wharf, Porchester.