Although the Halloween season is officially over, last weekend I traveled to Hudson Valley to catch the last night of The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.
A friend of mine has been going for years, so I finally decided to check it out for myself. I’m so glad I did. I was very happy to see that the previous weekend’s snow didn’t seem to affect the pumpkins or the Halloween spirit of all those that attended.
The town of Croton-on-Hudson holds at this event every year at the Van Cortlandt Manor. There are more than 4,000 hand-carved jack o’ lanterns to be seen – each one more elaborate and unique than the last. The jack o’ lanterns vary from traditional face shapes to snakes, pirates and rats, political and historical figures, characters from Greek mythology and sugar skulls to represent Día de los Muertos.
I was really impressed by the life-sized King Kong sculpture, giant spider web and undersea aquarium. Since we were near Sleepy Hollow, I was expecting to see a headless horseman, but sadly, Ichabod Crane was safe for another day. My favorite of the night was definitely the giant dinosaurs and dragons.
If you’re in the area, check out The Blaze next year – it runs for the entire month of October through the 1st weekend of November.