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Happy Halloween: The story behind Google's 1,000-pound pumpkins

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(Read caption) Happy Halloween, says Google with its pumpkin carving video doodle.

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Happy Halloween, everyone. What better way to celebrate this spooky occasion than with some massive pumpkins? The Google doodle team picked out six enormous gourds for its special video tribute. Just how big are those pumpkins? Some were more than half a ton!

"To celebrate Halloween this year, the doodle team wanted to capture that fascinating transformation that takes place when carving a pumpkin," writes Sophia Foster-Dimino, a Google doodler. "Instead of picking up a few pumpkins from the grocery store, however, we decided to work on six giant pumpkins, specially delivered from nearby Half Moon Bay (some weighing well over 1,000 pounds)."

Google's largest tipped the scales at 1,298 pounds. Even after scooping out the seeds, the team estimates that the walls of the "L" pumpkin were six inches thick.

The team carved them smack-dab in the middle of Google's campus in Mountain View, Calif. The process took eight hours.

Check out the behind-the-scenes video below.


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