Boston Pumpkin Festival

2006 Boston Pumpkin Festival

After falling over 2,000 jack o' lanterns shy in 2005 of the record for most in a single location, Life Is Good decided to try again in 2006 with a second Pumpkin Festival. Many different locations, including in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, have their own Festivals or Pumpkinfests, and there is apparently now a rivalry between Boston and the previous record holder, Keene, NH. However, on October 21, 2006, over 30,000 jack o' lanterns were shipped to or carved at the Boston Commons, a record verified by a member of the Guinness Book of World Records. And I was there, and now you can share in the experience.

Ring around the Commons. I arrived with about 24,000 pumpkins already on the lawn.

All the pumpkins on the stand in the background of the first photo on this page (that's a lot of modifiers) had hearts carved into them. Here are a few with faces.

Pumpkins and scarecrows and pumpkins, oh my!

The Great Pumpkin liveth! Toddlers included for a sense of scale and general cuteness.

At dusk, seemingly every single jack o' lanterns (though it couldn't have been that many thousands) was hand-lit by a few daring volunteers.

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere, and not a drop for pie.

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