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AP PHOTOS: Romania hosts carving of over 30,000 pumpkins

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a little girl carries the pumpkin she carved in Bucharest, Romania. The Halloween Pumpkin Fest, "the biggest pum...
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a Halloween decorated pumpkin sits on a scaffolding at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. The Hal...
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a staff member arranges carved pumpkins on a scaffolding at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. Th...
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a staff member arranges carved pumpkins on a scaffolding at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. Th...
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a carved Halloween pumpkin is placed next to a bench at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Ph...
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a child holds a carved pumpkin at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a staff member presents a pumpkin to a customer at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/V...
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a little girl examines pieces of pumpkin at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. The Halloween Pump...
In this Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 photo a girl tries to balance pumpkins on her head at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim ...
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a little girl presses her eyelids after placing the pumpkin she carved on a shelf at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest ...
In this Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 photo a child touches Halloween pumpkins waiting to be carved in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
In this Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 photo a little girl shows off her costume near Halloween pumpkins at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (...
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo children wearing costumes walk by Halloween pumpkins at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Ph...
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo people take pictures of Halloween pumpkins at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. The Halloween Pu...
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a little girl pulls on her hat while her mother carves a Halloween pumpkin in Bucharest, Romania. The Halloween ...
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a man carves a Halloween pumpkin at the Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. The Halloween Pumpkin Fest...
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo people carve Halloween pumpkins at the Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
In this Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 photo a child walks on Halloween pumpkins waiting to be carved for the he Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. ...

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a little girl carries the pumpkin she carved in Bucharest, Romania. The Halloween Pumpkin Fest, "the biggest pum...

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a Halloween decorated pumpkin sits on a scaffolding at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. The Hal...

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a staff member arranges carved pumpkins on a scaffolding at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. Th...

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a staff member arranges carved pumpkins on a scaffolding at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. Th...

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a carved Halloween pumpkin is placed next to a bench at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Ph...

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a child holds a carved pumpkin at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a staff member presents a pumpkin to a customer at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/V...

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a little girl examines pieces of pumpkin at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. The Halloween Pump...

In this Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 photo a girl tries to balance pumpkins on her head at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim ...

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a little girl presses her eyelids after placing the pumpkin she carved on a shelf at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest ...

In this Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 photo a child touches Halloween pumpkins waiting to be carved in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

In this Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 photo a little girl shows off her costume near Halloween pumpkins at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (...

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo children wearing costumes walk by Halloween pumpkins at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Ph...

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo people take pictures of Halloween pumpkins at The Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. The Halloween Pu...

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a little girl pulls on her hat while her mother carves a Halloween pumpkin in Bucharest, Romania. The Halloween ...

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo a man carves a Halloween pumpkin at the Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. The Halloween Pumpkin Fest...

In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 photo people carve Halloween pumpkins at the Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

In this Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 photo a child walks on Halloween pumpkins waiting to be carved for the he Halloween Pumpkin Fest in Bucharest, Romania. ...

BUCHAREST, Hungary (AP) — The Romanian capital Bucharest has hosted what organizers claim is Europe's biggest pumpkin carving event.

Thousands of visitors tried their hand at sculpting more than 30,000 pumpkins in a public park ahead of Halloween, spending hours on their work.

The results of their endeavor were then displayed on a 4-meter-high and 100-meter-long scaffold.

Halloween was virtually unknown in Romania before the fall of communism in 1989. It has since become increasingly popular with Romanians of all ages and is now an established event marked by parties and events throughout the country.

Some traditional Orthodox Romanians and members of the clergy disapprove of the celebrations, labeling them "anti-Christian," warning parents against allowing children to wear "evil creature masks" and deploring the "demonic" nature of the festivities.

But children in colorful Halloween costumes depicting ghosts, monsters and superheroes were the driving force of the weekend event in Bucharest, meticulously working on their pumpkins and then competing in an outfit parade.

The success of the Pumpkin Fest surprised organizers who saw the budgeted 30,000 pumpkins run out on the second day and had to bring truckloads more to satisfy demand.

The finished pumpkins were displayed on a 4-meter-high and 100-meter-long scaffold.