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Get your carving tools ready — the city of Highwood, Ill., just outside of Chicago, will become pumpkin central Oct. 18-20.

Attendees at the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival can expect both a parade and a giant pumpkin “land” regatta, as well as a bid to break the town’s own Guinness World Record for the most jack-o’-lanterns (30,919, to be exact) lit in one place. Two other world records you can help squash: the longest line of pies and the most people carving pumpkins simultaneously.

www.highwoodpumpkinfest.com