Happy Halloween from all of us here at Guinness World Records!
The spirit is alive in the world of record-breaking, like this massive Halloween GPS map record that was just announced today. So to get you in the mood for your trick-or-treating, here are 13 of the spookiest, kookiest, Halloweeniest world records from the official GWR database.
LARGEST GATHERING OF ZOMBIES
The largest gathering of zombies numbered 15,458 participants, and was organized by Zombie Pub Crawl in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, just a couple weeks ago. The attempt took place on the closed-off streets of the Minneapolis Warehouse District, featuring multiple outdoor stages, food trucks, and entertainment, including a live performance by DJ Steve Aoki.
That's one giant gourd. The heaviest pumpkin weighed 1,054.01 kg (2,323.70 lb) when it was presented by Beni Meier (Switzerland) at the European Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off in Ludwigsburg, Germany, this Oct. 12. Beni's got the formula down pat: he grew three record-breaking pumpkins in a single season.
MOST PEOPLE DRESSED AS SUPERHEROES
The Avengers, X-Men, and Ninja Turtles are popular costumes this year, but the most people dressed as superheroes was achieved by 1,580 participants in Los Angeles, in an event organized by Paramount Studios to promote the DreamWorks movie Megamind, starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey, back in October 2010.
Think you could attempt this one at your local haunted house? Classroom assistant Jill Drake of the UK let out a scream that reached 129 dBA when measured at the Halloween festivities held in the Millennium Dome in London in October 2000.
MOST PUMPKINS CARVED IN ONE HOUR
This record was just broken this week, on The Meredith Vieira Show in New York City, when carver Trevor Hunt gave 109 pumpkins a mouth, nose, and eyes in just 60 minutes for a new record.
MOST COSTUMED RIDERS ON A THEME PARK RIDE
This was 330, achieved by Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, on Aug. 18, 2011. The "Steel Force" roller coaster trains were loaded to full 36 passenger capacity and consecutively dispatched to achieve the record, which was part of the park's "Zombie Invasion" Halloween Haunt program.
MOST LIT JACK-O'-LANTERNS ON DISPLAY
This record has hit an incredible 30,581 and was achieved by the City of Keene, New Hampshire, represented by Let It Shine, Inc., in October of last year. The original record holders in this category, the jack-o'-lantern capital of the world has broken it eight times since!
LARGEST PUMPKIN SCULPTURE
Ray Villafane (USA) carved a zombie apocalypse from two giant pumpkins – weighing 824.86 kg (1,818 lb 5 oz) and 767.9 kg (1,693 lb) – in New York City on Oct. 22-23, 2011. The sweet sculpture took 16 hours to carve and was created using the heaviest and second heaviest pumpkins from the 2011 Prince Edward County Pumpkinfest held in Wellington, Ontario, Canada.
LARGEST GATHERING OF PEOPLE DRESSED AS WITCHES
Sort, Lleida, Spain saw 1,607 witches come together last year in this attempt achieved by La Bruixa d'Or on Nov. 16. The participants all dressed in a black hat and a black floor-length dress with a broom, all gathered to perform an incantation to bring them luck for the Spanish Christmas lottery.
LARGEST TIME WARP DANCE
Having grown into a cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show inspires celebrations every Halloween. But on Halloween night 2010, Twentieth Century Fox and the City of West Hollywood in California celebrated the film's 35th anniversary with 8,239 people dancing the Time Warp.
LARGEST GATHERING OF PEOPLE DRESSED AS VAMPIRES
No Edwards or Jacobs here. Kings Dominion theme park in Doswell, Virginia, USA hosted 1,039 "vampires" at an event to kick off its month-long Halloween celebrations on Sept. 30, 2011.
FASTEST TIME TO CARVE A TONNE OF PUMPKINS
And we mean this literally. The fastest time to carve one tonne of pumpkins is 3 hours 33 minutes 49 seconds, achieved by Stephen Clarke (USA) at Harrah's Casino Resort, Atlantic City, NJ on 29 October 2008.
LARGEST HALLOWEEN GATHERING
But this is the grandaddy of all the records. In this attempt, people needed to be dressed in full traditional Halloween costume, meaning vampires, witches, Frankensteins, etc. And on Halloween night in 2010, the New Orleans Saints and NBC Sports hosted 17,777 costumed participants at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, as part of its audience for a Sunday Night Football game againstn the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Saints went home with a win, and the fans with a record.
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