All Things Halloween From Look At This Blog

Look At This blog has a mega-post about all things Halloween. A few fun facts from the site:

Black cats were originally believed to protect witches' powers from negative forces.

A pumpkin is really a squash, and comes from the same family as the cucumber.

About 99% of pumpkins sold are used as Jack O' Lanterns at Halloween.

The biggest pumpkin in the world tipped the scales at a whopping 1,446 pounds. This gigantic gourd was weighed in October 2004 at a pumpkin festival in Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada.

The record for the fastest pumpkin carver in the world is Jerry Ayers of Baltimore, Ohio. He carved a pumpkin in just 37 seconds!

The very first jack o' lantern was made out of hollowed out turnips.

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That largest pumpkin record was just broken by pumpkin grower Thad Starr of Oregon. His pumpkin weighed 1,528 pounds.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95683613
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