Saturday, October 11, 2008
We went to the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor (Croton-on-Hudson, NY) on Saturday evening. The weather was perfect - cool but not cold. The leaves have started changing, so the drive up the Merritt Pkwy to Croton-on-Hudson was very enjoyable.
We learned about the Blaze when we visited Kykuit in Sept.
Each October, 4,000 hand carved and illuminated pumpkins are placed along the Manor's grounds. This is an AWESOME sight and we had a lot of fun.
The pumpkins are not just carved as scary Halloween faces, but also fish, dinosaurs, celtic knots and snakes.
I would highly recommend visiting the Blaze. Tickets sell out VERY quickly, so you need to order them well in advance. We bought our tickets in early Sept.
Since so many people attend the Blaze, bring your big bag of patience and be prepared to wait in line to see everything. The wait is definitely worth the carvings you will see.