Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze


The Headless Horseman at The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Photo by Tom Nycz

Don’t miss the area’s biggest Halloween event! The wildly popular Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze returns for 45 evenings, including Halloween night! It features over 7,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins set against the mysterious backdrop of Van Cortlandt Manor’s 18th-century buildings and riverside landscape. Wander along our main street Pumpkin Promenade and stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge. Gaze in wonder at swimming aquatic creatures and gasp at the sight of a giant Sea Serpent surfacing next to the Croton River. Get mesmerized by a color-changing star show in the plus-sized Pumpkin Planetarium. Squeal with excitement as the Circus Train rolls into town featuring a cast of colorful clowns and awesome animals. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken Little Monsters, and don’t miss Sleepy Hollow Country’s most iconic inhabitant, the Headless Horseman. Admission is ONLY by advance timed ticket, entrance times vary by evening. Most nights sell out, so get your tickets early!

Where: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520.

2017 dates: September 29-30, October 1, 6-11, 12-31. November 1-5, 8-12, 16-18, 24-25. Times vary by evening. Tickets go on sale to the public September 5. Members of Historic Hudson Valley may purchase beginning August 18.

Cost: Adults $20, children 3-17 $16 (Fridays-Saturdays $25 and $20). Free for members and children under 3.

For reservations: buy tickets online, 914-366-6900 ($2/ticket surcharge for phone orders).

Martha Stewart illuminates her viewers about The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze: