You wanna see something really scary? Just open the new Guinness World Records 2010 book. The latest almanac/tribute to the folly of mankind has a slew of Halloween-related records. No word on any record attempted for most candy corn consumed on Oct. 31 — please, do not try this on Saturday — or number of sleepless nights after repeated viewings of A Nightmare on Elm Street. But the gang at Guinness does manage to highlight a few achievements that would make Beetlejuice blush.
Compiled by Steve Spears, Times staff writer
Here are five of our favorites
•1HEAVIEST PUMPKIN American Joseph Jutras showed up at the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Mass., with a pumpkin weighing 1,689 pounds on Sept. 29, 2007. The piemakers at Village Inn are still drooling.
•2LARGEST GATHERING OF ZOMBIES Surprisingly not achieved during the filming of the new release Zombieland (because Hollywood stars aren't dead, just heartless). Instead, credit the 4,026 participants of The Big Chill festival in Ledbury in Britain on Aug. 6, 2009.
•3LARGEST GATHERING OF SKELETONS Fashion Week in New York? Wrong. Victoria's Secret calendar shoot? Nope. The largest gathering of skeletons is a mere 197 people, set by a bone-lovin' audience at The Paul O'Grady Show in London only weeks ago, Sept. 24, 2009.
•4MOST PUMPKINS CARVED IN ONE HOUR You'll need a sharp knife and quick hands to top the 50 pumpkins carved by Stephen Clarke in Times Square on Halloween last year. Sad thing is that they were all probably rotting outside 50 doorways in New York come Nov. 2.
•5LONGEST PUMPKIN-CHUCKIN' A whopping 4,491 feet through the use of (a hopefully fictitious) "Aludium Q-36 Pumpkin Modulator" in Morton, Ill., back in 1998. Really? You take the symbol of this great holiday and turn it into a projectile? Forget all our previous sarcasm. You, devilish pumpkin-chucker, have no soul.
Top 5 prime-time TV shows
NFL Sunday Night Football: Chicago at Atlanta (NBC)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS)
Source: Nielsen Media Research for week ending Oct. 18
Top 5 Netflix rentals
Land of the Lost
Drag Me to Hell
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Source: Netflix for week ending Oct. 17
Top 5 songs on iTunes
Fireflies, Owl City
Meet Me Halfway Black Eyed Peas
Party in the U.S.A. Miley Cyrus
3 Britney Spears
Whatcha Say Jason Derulo
Source: iTunes Music Store as of Oct. 21
Top 5 search terms on Yahoo
Weekend movies Dollar amounts in millions
Paranormal Activity, $22
Saw VI, $14.8
Where the Wild Things Are, $14.4
Law Abiding Citizen, $12.7
Couples Retreat, $11.1