5,000 pumpkins used in Halloween exhibition

5,000 pumpkins used in Halloween exhibition
Jack-o'-lanterns are displayed at the "Rise of the Jack-O'-Lanterns'' exhibition, featuring more than 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins created by professional artists and sculptors in La Canada Flintridge, California, on October 22, 2014.

Thousands of pumpkins have been turned into giant skeletons, dinosaurs and even a solar system for the Rise Of The Jack-O-Lanterns exhibition at the Descanso Gardens in California.

A jack-o-lantern is a carved, lighted pumpkin often associated with Halloween, which is today.

The 5,000 jack-o-lanterns were created by dozens of professional artists and sculptors and illuminated by LED lights.

They have been laid out on a 500m-long scenic trail.

"They were amazing," Ms Maia Ricci of Los Angeles told CBS Los Angeles.

"I didn't know a few guys could carve up this many pumpkins."

Over in Vancouver, Canada, a similar exhibition featuring 20 giant pumpkins designed by well-known Canadian sculptors has also been drawing crowds since it opened on Tuesday.

Halloween, an essentially North American celebration, has caught on in many countries.

Indeed, it is now celebrated in places as far away as Singapore, Britain and China.

This article was first published on Oct 31, 2014.
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