The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze | Historic Hudson Valley

October 30, 2015

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze_Historic Hudson Valley_Sleepy Hollow_NY_New York_Halloween_Pumpkin_1I’ve lived in Westchester county for 3 years and I just found out about The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze this year. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a display of around 7,000 hand carved pumpkins at the Van Cortlandt Manor. Yes, I said 7,000. Around 1,000 of the pumpkins are real and they are re-carved each week for 7 weeks so they stay fresh.

 

Ben and I had the perfect evening to walk through the display.

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The woods, house and all the pumpkins are all lit perfectly to show off the carvings.

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Even the trees are filled with bats carved into pumpkins.

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I’m a scardey-cat and even I could handle The Blaze. Some of the real little kids weren’t too fond of the scarier pumpkins, but really all ages were there.

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The pumpkin arch was pretty sweet!

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I got some really good ideas for ways to carve future pumpkins.

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These were my favorite faces.

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One tree had all carvings of butterflies.

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These pumpkin carvings would be for the really advanced carvers.

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There were also snakes slithering through. (Those pumpkins were real so the snakes and all that detail is carved every week!)

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There  were also some dinosaurs roaming through.

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Baby dinosaurs coming out of their pumpkin eggs.

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These were probably the scariest of the pumpkins.

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I kept calling the spider web a ferris wheel until we got closer and I realized I was just a little off.

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Washington Irving lived in Tarrytown and based The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and his headless horseman on a fictional town called “Sleepy Hollow” along the Hudson River. In 1996 North Tarrytown was actually renamed “Sleepy Hollow.”

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There’s even a pumpkin tunnel!

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The circus also came to visit!

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And yes, there were lions and tigers and bears : )

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I liked the clown in this shot…. I thought he was cute, but the more I look at his face the creepier he gets.

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That’s a jack o’lantern in a box and a wedding cake.

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The pumpkin clock even worked. The jack o’lantern pendulum even swung.

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is sold out of tickets for this year, but I HIGHLY suggest going to see it next year. Check out the Historic Hudson Valley website for more information.

Happy Halloween!

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