Located just 30 miles from New York City, the Historic Hudson Valley has many fun and exciting activities in the month of October. It is a quintessential area to visit for people who are passionate about getting into the Halloween spirit, since its rich in history. Washington Irving penned his story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in this area. The most kid-friendly event is the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, located at Van Cortlandt Manor in the small village of Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
With more than 4000 hand-carved jack o’ lanterns illuminating the night, it is a breathtaking sight. All made out of pumpkins, there are pirates and ghosts, vampires, large dinosaurs, skeletons, and standard jack o’ lantern faces. his year features a jack o’ lantern shaped pyramid with mummies. Each year, the event gets bigger. Entering the trail leading up to the manor transports you back in time to the 18th century. Crinkled leaves, and pumpkins line the outside trail. Before heading down the winding trail, there is a wide variety of treats to buy before your journey. Choose from hot apple cider, cookies, and donuts. From the Youtube testimonial on the event’s website, children of all ages and adults really love this event. Jack O’ Lanterns are also lined up on the lawn in front of the manor and all along the white, wooden deck. The manor is illuminated with different colors, and changes from orange to aqua blue.
There’s usually heavy traffic around the area, and many families attend the event with their small children. Unfortunately, due to popular demand, the event is SOLD OUT for the weekend of October 28-31, 2010. Tickets are still available for November 5th–7th. If you’d like to still go Halloween weekend, I’d suggest networking with people on Facebook or Craigslist to see if they have any extra tickets. Reservations are strongly suggested. Directions to Van Cortlandt Manor can be accessed from the first link below.
Information is here: The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze
Great Jack O’ Lantern Facebook Page
October 29 : 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
October 30 : 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
October 31 : 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
November 5 : 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
November 6 : 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
November 7 : 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.Price: Adults: $16, kids 5-17: $12, kids under 5: free (with reservation)