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Screen capture of the 2011 Halloween Google Doodle, which featured a 41-second time lapse video of the carving of six giant pumpkins. (PHOTO CREDIT: Google.com)

Halloween, a time for candy, costumes, pumpkins and the annual Google Doodle.

This year, the giant search engine company's splash page features a 41-second time-lapse video of six giant pumpkins.

The pumpkins, each weighing an average of 1,000 pounds (the heaviest clocking in at some 1,298 pounds), are documented from their pre-carving stage to Jack-O-Lantern status.

The final Google Doodle result spells out the company's famous six letters, lit up in Halloween fashion.

To celebrate Halloween this year, the Doodle team wanted to capture that fascinating transformation that takes place when carving a pumpkin. 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, fellow Doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino wrote on the Google blog on Monday.

Through the years, the Google has used various graphics and drawings of pumpkins, ghosts, cats, bats and other classic characters to celebrate the holiday.

Google even brought in some Hollywood talent in 2008, when horror film director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) designed a Doodle documenting a scary pumpkin carving (serrated knife and dustpan included).

In 2009, the Halloween Google Doodle was made up of four images of candy, each increasing with the number of pieces. The multi-panel format was used again in 2010, when Google featured five interactive panels of Scooby Doo characters in a ghost-filled chase for the missing Google logo.

 

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Screen capture of the 2010 Halloween Google Doodle, which featured five panels of Scooby Doo characters in search of the missing Google logo. (PHOTO CREDIT: Google.com)

 

Now, the Halloween Google Doodles from 1999 to 2010 can be seen in a video compilation, thanks to creator tagSeoBlog.

The video, which was uploaded over Halloween weekend, has been viewed by more than 1,100 people.

Google Doodle was created in 1998, after founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin featured a stick figure drawing on the Web site's logo to commemorate their attendance at that year's Burning Man festival.

The first Halloween Google Doodle was launched in 1999, the same year the company featured its first Christmas/Holiday Doodle.

Since the first Doodle, Google has celebrated holidays, figures and events around the world on its splash page, including the Olympics, Sesame Street's 40th anniversary, Earth Day and the Wizard of Oz.

Scroll down for the Halloween Google Doodles compilation video, as well as the Google Doodle video for Halloween 2011.

Happy Halloween!