The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze – the tristate area’s coolest Halloween event
October means two things in New York: beautiful fall landscapes and Halloween! The official date is October 31, however, during the entire month the city overflows with that atmosphere. The decorations and costumes invade the shops, the pumpkins take over the city, the residents decorate their homes. Certainly, it’s a magical time to be in the city and take a closer look at this part of American culture. And like everywhere, there are events that are very traditional. One of them is The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, which runs in the small town of Croton-Harmon in Upstate NY – not far from Manhattan. I was super curious to check this event up close and this year I secured my tickets in advance. We were there last Friday and today I show you everything!
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is the tristate area’s coolest Halloween event with more than 7,000 glowing pumpkins. You see a lot of sculptures, all made of pumpkins. The lights and the sound effects help to provide an interesting experience. The event takes place at Van Cortlandt Manor. The operation is simple: you get in according to the scheduled time and follow the path. The sculptures are arranged in a way that you walk and check everything, until you take a complete turn and leave the place. In addition, before the official entrance, there are vendors selling food and also a store with souvenirs, Halloween themed products, and pumpkin-based foods. We love it! It’s too beautiful, fascinating and I was impressed by the wealth of detail! Plus, it’s a great place to go with kids – there were plenty of them and they were thrilled!
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze happens in October and November, select dates, always at night. There are still some spots for November. Tickets range from $16 to $25 (depending on the day and the age). You need to buy the tickets in advance and they start o sell in the beggining of September. Check out the official website. Also, you can check Stubhub as well.
How to get there? By Metro-North trains. Trains depart from Grand Central and also from 125th St, Harlem. You can buy your ticket on the machines and you choose Round trip, destination Croton-harmon. Prices may vary depends peak and off peak. Check the screens with information about the train to know the track of your train. Keep your ticket. The trip lasts about 45 minutes. Once you arrive in Croton-Harmon, there are several taxis at the parking. From the train station to the event is about 5 minutes and the ride costs from $8 to $10.
Laura Peruchi is a Brazilian blogger, author, and entrepreneur. She has lived in Manhattan with her husband since 2014. Since then, she has shared on her blog varied content about the Big Apple. From travel tips, including unusual things to do, shopping tips, etiquette, restaurants, and a lot more, her blog has become a reference in Portuguese (also available in English) for anyone planning a trip to New York City.