October 28 2011 by Claudia Kunkel
The costumes are ready. The candy bowl is full. And the jack-o-lanterns are set--glowing like a beacon to Halloween lovers nearby. While most people look at carving pumpkins as a fun and gooey family activity, for some individuals it's a serious competition.
Some competitions are regional and require all participants to carve their pumpkins at a pumpkin carving showdown. Others merely require a photo to be sent before an appointed deadline. Here are a few favorite contests:
World Record for most lit Jack-O-Lanterns -- Both Highwood, Illinois and Keene, New Hampshire, set out to be become Guinness world record holders this year. But the Chicago suburb of Highwood, came out on top with more than 30,900 jack-o-lanterns. Be a part of the Great Pumpkin Fest next year and be sure to stay at a Best Western hotel. Learn more at: bestwesternillinois.com
ExtremePumpkins.com -- Submit your photo of original carving genius and you may win a prize.
The AGM Pumpkin Carving Contest -- This contest encourages you to be wild and crazy with your designs. Voting ends at 12 p.m. on November 1st with winners displayed on the AGM website through the first week of November.
Food Network Star's Pumpkin Contest -- Take a look at what the stars of the kitchen created in their annual contest.
Who knew gourds could be ghoulish and gorgeous?