It’s officially Halloween season in the Hudson Valley, and what better way to begin celebrating then with a visit to the famous Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
I’ve been attending The Blaze for years and I gotta say that every year I go these pumpkins continue to impress me. What started as a Hudson Valley native event, has now become a tri-state masterpiece complete with more than 7,000 hand carved pumpkins on display. This walk-through exhibit takes you on a journey through some of the most intricate scenes to really get you in the Halloween spirit.
This year the blaze features a few new installations including a working carousel a zodiac scene and the “pumpkin-zee bridge” (If you’re a HV native, I’m sure you’ll recognize the play on words there). If it’s your first time visiting here are a few of my favorites that you won’t want to miss:
The Pumpkin Planetarium: This scene always leaves me in awe as you walk through a tunnel completely surrounded by pumpkins that resemble the night sky.
The Van Cortlandt House: This has been a staple since year one. Every year they switch up the display of pumpkins and incorporate a different light show to go along with it.
The Spider Web: This 25-foot web is hands down one of the best photo opportunities throughout the whole event. Make sure to snap a pic as you walk by!
Each time slot for the walk-through event is 30 minutes, but you can begin parking 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time. So I suggest heading down a little early to enjoy all of the festivities this event has to offer. As if these pumpkins aren't already enough to bring you in, this Hudson Valley event also offers festive food and drink options to try before entering. Their freshly made pumpkin donuts are to die for and nothing beats a cup of hot (or hard) cider to enjoy as you begin your adventure.
Where: Van Cortlandt Manor 525 S Riverside Ave, Croton-On-Hudson, NY
When: Select dates between September 28–November 24
Cost: Adult tickets are $22 Children 3-17 are $16
Be sure to grab your tickets soon, the weekends in October are already sold out!