25 October 2013

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze is accessible via Metro North to the Croton-Harmon stop on the Hudson Line.  About an hour north from Manhattan, it is unfortunately a bit of a walk from the station.  Unless you're comfortable with hitching a ride from a perfect stranger like we were, than I suggest finding a friend with a car.  Located at Van Cortlandt Manor the Blaze is in its 9th year of the pumpkin carving installation.  It takes a year long process to develop the designs and themes included in the display of over 5,000 jack-o-lanterns.  Carving begins at the end of September and displayed throughout the entire month of October.  The 45 minute pathway this year includes the 'Tunnel O'Pumpkin Love', gourd filled Jack-in-the-Boxes, a pumpkin cemetery, hand crafted design works of dinosaurs, animals and spiders - just to name a few.  To me, the best part was the original soundtrack that coincided with the walk-through experience.  The music matched perfectly, allowing you to fully experience a visual trance synchronized with orange lights.  The Blaze tends to sell out every year so be sure to grab your tickets early.  For more info check out http://www.hudsonvalley.org/events/blaze.

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