Anoka-grown, record-setting pumpkin carved outside of Anoka City Hall

The Halloween Capital of the World is getting a little spookier this year due to the world’s largest jack-o-lantern being carved outside Anoka’s City Hall Friday!

As previously reported, the pumpkin known as Maverick recently won the title for the largest pumpkin in North America – and it was grown in Anoka.

The pumpkin will be carved into an eagle.

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The Anoka Grande Day Parade will be happening Saturday at 1 p.m. at State Street and Main Street. The parade will then follow Main Street to Military Road.

The city says spaces for chairs and blankets can be reserved starting at 4 a.m. Saturday, and anything placed earlier will be removed.

For anyone who is carving a pumpkin at home, cities around Minnesota are sharing how you can properly dispose of your jack-o-lanterns.

Pumpkins can be composted, put into recycling cards, or included with your yard waste. If you don’t have a compost bin, many cities have free drop off locations.

Make sure to remove all candles, candle wax and decorations on the pumpkin before disposal.

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