The Great Jack ‘O’ Lantern Blaze (A Photo Story)
What is It?
The Great Jack ‘O’ Lantern Blaze is a Halloween festival in Pocantico Hills, NY in the Hudson Valley. With over 7,000 pumpkins arranged in light up displays, the event will be sure to wow you!
And with the event lacking some of the more traditional Halloween features, such as “scary” costumes, it is the perfect event to attend with children!
The event takes place at the Van Cortlandt Manor residence, a historic home that once housed a patriot family in the years following the American Revolution. The home can be toured in the daylight hours (currently closed due to the pandemic).
The event contains many display arrangements, including the Museum of Pumpkin Art, Pumpkin Carousel, fire truck and ambulance, pumpkin windmill, headless horse bridge, statue of liberty, and see the Van Cortlandt Manor aglow!
The event takes place in October through mid November.
The event has scheduled entry times between 5pm to 10pm and are very limited this year due to COVID-19.
How Long Do You Need?
A walk through the blaze typically takes an hour to an hour and a half.
Ticket prices start at $24 and range upward to about $50, depending on the time and day of the week. Be aware, prices are higher this year due to reduced capacity.
Photo Story of the Great Jack ‘O’ Lantern Blaze
The event includes a one way path through the area, taking you past many bright, lite up displays along with a colorful light show and sounds/music.
The first display we saw was the welcome flag outside the entrance that was light up with the words Hello in 48 different languages.
After passing through the entrance arch, we first came across many single carved pumpkins and pumpkin skeleton displays.
We then came across a replica of the Tappan Zee Bridge and were able to walk across it!
Continuing on we came across many displays of celtic knots. Throughout the walk we found informational signs explaining the carvings and displays.
The next stop was the Museum of Pumpkin Art. The artwork was quite amazing and included replicas of famous paintings, including the Mona Lisa and Starry Night.
The dragon was next, and actually blew smoke out of its mouth every so often!
Across from the dragon were displays honoring EMT’s and firefighters, as well as a who let the dogs out scene.
The next display was one of my favorite-the Pumpkin Planetarium.
On the other side of the planetarium was a pumpkin emoji wall and moving carousel.
Across from the Carousel was a witch display, complete with sound effects.
Past this we came across the headless horseman pumpkin display with a pumpkin lit path. We were not able to walk along the path, but it was a beauty to look at!
The next display was the zodiac signs wall, which featured carvings from each of the zodiac signs.
After this we walked along the path through multiple displays, including a unicorn, statue of liberty, spider web, and dinosaurs before coming upon the Van Cortlandt Manor.
The final major display was the Van Cortlandt Manor, which was lite up with a light and sound show.
To the left of the manor was a group of scarecrows and sunflowers.
Following the manor we continued along the final path past a moving wind mill, the headless horeseman bridge, and many skeleton displays and single carved pumpkins.
On the way to the exit there is a small gift shop with some cool pumpkin items you can buy, such as t-shirts, light up bracelets, and pumpkin emoji magnets.
Looking for more to do in the area? Visit nearby Sleepy Hollow!