If you live near New York City, you may have heard of the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. If you haven’t, you should add it to your list of autumn activities! It’s a great way to celebrate the kick-off of fall and get into a spooky mood.
The event in Croton-On-Hudson, NY attracts over 7,000 carefully carved pumpkins that are either standalone works or constructed into fantastic masterpieces. A team of 1,000+ volunteers helps to create the magic behind the Great Pumpkin Blaze.
Some of the pumpkins are fake because of the volunteers months in advance and it lasts approximately 2 months. Albeit, the fakes are created with convincing plastic. The real scent of pumpkins hangs heavy in the air.
The pumpkin carvers were incredibly inventive and creative. There were dinosaurs, a 25-foot tall Statue of Liberty, flocks of skeletons, a massive dragon, a train attached to cabooses, various animals, horoscope signs, and more. There were even works that recreated famous works from artists like Salvador Dali, Edvard Munch, and René Magritte.
The event typically starts late September and runs through November. Entry fees range from $16-$27, and you must reserve a date and time slot. More information and tickets can be found here. There was plenty of parking, and we didn’t struggle to find a spot on a weekend.
Upon entering the park, you’re able to purchase souvenirs, a variety of drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and autumn-inspired sweets. It takes around an hour to walk the grounds, especially if you’re stopping to admire the craftsmanship and snap photos. Visitors are also able to spy constellations in the night sky at the Pumpkin Planetarium.
While Blaze is a family fun activity, it would be a fun experience at any age.