With Halloween just around the corner, you can transform your pumpkin carving experience in the Hudson Valley for a mere $20. Despite what you may be accustomed to, the pumpkins on display at The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze are no ordinary jack o’lanterns.
The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze is a Halloween event that takes place at the Van-Cortlandt Manor in Sleepy Hollow Country. Various displays of carved pumpkins are arranged throughout the 18th century riverside landscape to create an aura of mischief and magic for visitors.
“I am thoroughly impressed by the entire display,” said Michele Muro, a visitor. “I have never witnessed such intricate pumpkin carvings before attending The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.”
Visitors are able to take themselves through a self-guided tour of the Van-Cortlandt Manor property lined with thousands of jack o’lanterns. Each pumpkin is designed and hand-carved by artists hired specifically for the event.
“I enjoyed the walk-through of the manor property,” said Andrew Muro, a visitor. “It was interesting to take a tour of the historic property while simultaneously appreciating the jack o’lantern artwork.”
Each portion of the manor property is arranged into a different display of pumpkins. The displays include a dragon, a spider and spider web, a Jurassic Park display, a grandfather clock, and last but not least, a Headless Horseman display.
“My favorite pumpkin arrangement is the dragon,” said Matthew Muro, a visitor. “You can tell how much time and effort the artists put into carving the jack o’lanterns and creating the blaze just by looking at this dragon.”
Thousands of people witness The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze each year for this exact reason. Ticket sales begin in mid-August and go until Nov. 26. Due to the high demand for tickets, it is suggested that visitors purchase tickets months ahead of time in order to secure their place in line.
“My friends and I purchased tickets in early September because we could not bear the thought of missing out on this Halloween spectacular,” said Kaylee Polinsky, a visitor. “By this time of year, tickets are completely sold out.”
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is considered the tri-state area’s most popular Halloween display according to the amount of ticket sales and the large crowd it draws in each fall season.
“I have been to several Halloween events this fall, but none of them compared to the blaze,” said Halli Stewart, a visitor. “The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze deserves all the hype it receives for its delicate pumpkin carvings.”
The popularity level associated with the blaze can also be attributed to its uniqueness. Besides for the hand-carved pumpkin designs, The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze’s displays are complete with various sound effects, lighting, and songs throughout the entire walk-through. There is no other event around quite like this Halloween extravaganza.
“The best part about working at the blaze is getting to see all the different reactions from visitors as they walk by the displays,” said Robin Bolson, Digital Marketing Associate of The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. “Each visitor interprets the displays differently.”
Visitor satisfaction plays a major role in the design and the maintenance of the displays.
“The displays are updated frequently to ensure the pumpkins are fresh and new designs are added per year to keep visitors on edge,” said Robin Bolson. “Visitor satisfaction and interest is highly valued to everyone who works at The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.”
The blaze runs for two months in total to accommodate numerous guests. Those who still wish to attend are advised to purchase the select few remaining tickets as soon as possible.
For all the Halloween fanatics out there, The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is the place for your fall fix.