Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Skeleton Emergence Photo © Bryan Haeffele

The Skeleton Emergence
Photo © Bryan Haeffele

Don’t miss the area’s biggest Halloween event. The wildly popular Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze returns for thirty 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.

Find your favorite constellations and get star struck walking through the Pumpkin Planetarium. Squeal with excitement as the Circus Train rolls into town featuring a cast of colorful clowns and awesome animals. Flying pumpkin ghosts will draw your eye to the sky, and don’t miss Sleepy Hollow Country’s most iconic inhabitant, the Headless Horseman!

Witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over shrunken Little Monsters. Gaze in amazement at a working doomsday grandfather clock.

A giant sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden. Blaze’s perennially popular Jurassic Park includes a triceratops, a pterodactyl, a brontosaurus, and a T-Rex!

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, 500 South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. For GPS, use 525 South Riverside Avenue.

2015 dates: October 2-4, 9-12, 15-18, 21-31. November 1, 5-8, 13-15. Times vary by evening. Tickets go on sale to the public September 1. Members of Historic Hudson Valley may purchase earlier.

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

For reservations: buy tickets online, 914-366-6900




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