Published on October 29th, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings
Spooktacular Pumpkin Facts For Halloween
Halloween can be traced back as far as 2,000 years ago when it symbolised the end of the harvest season. It originated during the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when Celts believed that the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became somewhat blurred. At this time the Irish started carving turnips for their annual Samhain holiday.
The term Jack-O’-Lantern is said to date back to the 17th century and means a ‘man with a lantern’. Of course these days Halloween just isn’t the same without Jack-O’-Lanterns made out of pumpkins which replaced turnips and go hand in hand with the celebrations.
The name pumpkin originated from ‘pepon’ – the Greek word for ‘large melon’. Originating from Central America, pumpkins are 90% water. It is claimed that Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats out of them. Pumpkins were also once even recommended for curing snake bites!
As well as dishing out snacks and sweets, here are some pumpkintastic facts to share with any trick or treaters coming to a door near you this weekend.
Carving world record
The world record for carving a tonne (1,000kg) of pumpkins belongs to Stephen Clarke who managed the feat in 3 hours, 33 minutes, 49 seconds on 29th October 2008 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For any novices out there looking to follow suit, this guide to carving a pumpkin is a must.
Longest line of carved pumpkins
When it comes to the longest line of carved and lit pumpkins ever created, the world record stands at an impressive 1,510 of the humble vegetables which were displayed at the ‘Pumpkin Glow’ event in California.
Monster one tonne pumpkins
The current record holder for the world’s largest pumpkin is Beni Meier who grew the giant fruit weighing 1,054kg in Switzerland last year.
Laying claim to the largest pumpkin grown worldwide this year is Ron Wallace. Produced in America weighing 1,012kg, Ron previously broke the world record in 2006 for the largest ever pumpkin. So it’s safe to say Ron and Beni both know a thing or two about producing them as proven giant squash experts!