Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is really a spectacle, it’s well worth the visit either during Halloween or throughout the Thanksgiving Holiday. This pumpkin extravaganza is the tristate area’s largest pumpkin festival, giving spectators the chance to gaze at somewhere between 7,000 – 10,000 pumpkins all aglow and carved or arranged in elaborate sets.
Once we arrived we grabbed some hot chocolate and popcorn, then made our way through the pumpkin lantern lit pathways which wind throughout the grounds. Blaze is set at the Van Cortlandt Manor and features something for everyone including pumpkins carved to look like swimming aquatic creatures, a color-changing star show, animals, dinosaurs, a planetarium, an adorable train, a headless horseman and a Pumpkin Zee Bridge.
This year the event extended it’s dates, and I imagine due to it’s popularity it will be several weeks long next year too, sometime between September – November.
- It takes about 45 minutes to walk through.
- It’s not really spooky, my 5 year old was never frightened.
- Stroller and wheelchair friendly although there are a few narrow slopes.
- Pubic transportation: Take the Metro-North Hudson Line from Grand Central Terminal. Take the train to Croton-Harmon station (under an hour from Manhattan). Van Cortlandt Manor is only a five-minute cab ride or a 10-minute walk from the station.
- Grab a hot chocolate for the chilly walk through this awesome maze of pumpkins.
- Bring a camera.