30 October 2020
Halloween is almost here. Who has the largest jack o’ lantern?
Two pumpkins in Jersey would like to win the honor. They’re nearly as wide as a picnic table.
They would lose to this 905.5 pound pumpkin from Ohio. Even if scooped out it would break the picnic table.
No squash can match the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden when dressed for Halloween. At 360 feet in diameter it’s wider than a football field, the largest jack o’ lantern in the world.
However, the universe wins the prize for size. The Jack O’ Lantern nebula is a cosmic cloud of radiation and particles emitted by a huge star 15-20 times heavier than our sun. This 2019 animation from NASA/JPL-Caltech shows why it’s called The Jack O’ Lantern.
(photos from Wikimedia Commons; click on the captions to see the originals)
p.s. Betty Rowland reports there’s a 1,179 pound pumpkin in Aspinwall raising money for Project Bundle Up. Here are her photos.