One of the area’s most exhilarating and successful fall events has arrived for the 13th consecutive year—in true Halloween spirit. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Westchester County is a jaw-dropping experience, featuring more than 7,000 elaborately designed, hand-carved pumpkins that illuminate the landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor, which alone is a site to see. Michael Natiello, creative director of Blaze, noted that the landscape is in fact the true inspiration for the event; Blaze is likened to a land art installation informed by notable artists like Robert Smithson, and the pumpkins are arranged and placed to complement and bring attention to the site’s rich architecture and history.
The pumpkins are sorted into different thematic arrangements throughout the manor. This year’s event will feature a 20-foot pumpkin carousel and a new pumpkin Statue of Liberty. It will also include old favorites like “Jurassic Park” with a herd of dinosaurs; a circus train with clowns and animals; giant spider webs; a pumpkin planetarium; and an area with swimming aquatic creatures with a giant sea serpent.
Over 160,000 people experienced the Blaze last year, which was sold out every night, and the event is already a hit again this year. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze has not only attracted locals and families, but has also impressed A-List stars and tastemakers. Martha Stewart has featured the event on her show, and referred to the happening as a “Halloween extravaganza.” Blaze has also been praised by actor Neil Patrick Harris and actress Laura Prepon.
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience all the hype of this innovative and magical event! With tickets starting at $16 for children and $20 for adults, you will have the chance to visit all the thematic sites to the official Blaze Halloween–themed soundtracks created by recording artist Richard Christy, along with additional new tracks for this season. Be sure to have your camera ready for these picturesque moments, and keep in mind the other seasonal exhibits nearby like the terrifying Horseman’s Hollow at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow.