Generally speaking, I am a huge fan of traditions: with holidays, with family, with routines and coffee, with everything. And every year I go to The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Croton-On-Hudson, NY. Set on an 18th century landscape you will find over 10,000 illuminated Jack O’Lanterns, a show only achievable thanks to over 1,000 volunteers who help scoop, carve, and light the pumpkins daily. The Blaze is about 45 minutes away via driving from Greenwich (although I always get lost on my way because I am challenged when it comes to foreign roads!!)
This gorgeous display and maze like path of over 10,000 pumpkins, is outdoors so bundle up. And you view it in the form of walking a well lit path where you and the crowd all walk at a leisurely pace, stopping, looking and taking pics as you go. Security is plentiful so safety is not a concern and there is tons of parking as well, but don’t risk timing because you will be surprised at just how many people go! The BLAZE is open through November on weekend and weeks day evenings.
Get your tickets ASAP because they sell out!
And, NEW THIS YEAR is the Museum of Pumpkin Art, where classic paintings get the gourd treatment, see who let the (pumpkin) dogs out, listen for the Headless Horseman—and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats! See the Pumpkin Carousel twirl and the Pumpkin Windmill whirl and step inside the Pumpkin Planetarium for a star show like you’ve never seen. You’ll certainly hold a torch for the 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty and get personal with Instagrammable signs of the zodiac. Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed!
Where: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.
2018 dates: September 28-30, October 4-31, November 1-4, 7-11, 15-17, 23-24.
Cost: Adults $22, children 3-17 $16 (Fridays and Saturdays $27 and $20).
Free for members and children under 3.
All proceeds from Blaze and other Halloween events support the programs of Historic Hudson Valley, a non-profit education organization.