For the fourth year in a row, the Chicago suburb of Highwood has its eye on the Guinness Book of World Records as it prepares for its annual Pumpkin Fest.
This year, the four-day festival is going to attempt to break the world records for the most people carving pumpkins simultaneously as well as for having the most lit jack o'lanterns -- 32,000 -- on display.
According to a news release, the pumpkin-carving record attempt will benefit Superman Sam, a local boy battling leukemia, and the St. Baldrick's Foundation and participants are being urged to wear superhero capes in support of Sam.
Highwood's world-record attempts are part of an ongoing rivalry with Keene, N.H., a town that hosts a similar pumpkin festival each year.
“It’s always fun to have the bragging rights to a world record,” festival spokeswoman Tali Hylen told the Sun-Times. “It’s part of history.”
Last year's attempt by the city to beat the record was documented on HGTV's "Pumpkin Wars" but was thwarted by both overcrowding and a strong wind that blew out many of the jack o'lanterns' candles during the judging, according to the Chicago Tribune.
This year, things could be different -- for one, Guinness is allowing the use of electric candles for the first time.
The festival, which also includes a pet costume contest, a pumpkin pie-eating contest, a 5k pumpkin run and more, begins Thursday and runs through Sunday, Oct. 20.