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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze: You Won’t Believe Your Eyes

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, is the Tri-State Area’s Biggest Fall Event. Also known as “The Hudson Valley Blaze” or “The Blaze“, this event is first-rate and is only found in the Hudson Valley.

And that, my friend, is not an urban legend.

Would you believe that there are more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns on display at this event?

It’s true!

The Hudson Valley Blaze“, is one of the most extraordinary and stunning things you will see this Fall and Halloween season in the Hudson Valley.

A giant dinosaur display created by carved pumpkins is a highlight of the Hudson Valley Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, NY

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Unique features about The Blaze:

This magnificent event showcases hand-carved pumpkins that are displayed and arranged to make spectacular figures, all set to thrilling Halloween music and synchronized to lights.

The Hudson Valley Blaze is a unique outdoor walking experience that showcases the talent of approximately 1,000 local artists. They have been very busy carving, arranging and lighting pumpkins in order to bring these creations to life for everyone to enjoy.

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A Sample of Some of the pumpkin creations

Even though the thought of seeing 7,000+ carved pumpkins in one location is impressive enough, you can’t even begin to imagine some of the creations made with all of these carved jack-o’-lanterns.

Some of the awe-inspiring creations include:

  • A Medieval Castle
  • The Pumpkin Zee Bridge
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Moving Pumpkin Carousel
  • Windmill
  • Dragon
  • Dinosaur
  • Pumpkin Planetarium
  • My personal favorite, the spiderweb
  • And many, many more…
Spider Web Made out of Jack o'lanterns at the great jack o'lanterns blaze in Croton, NY

More Info about The Hudson Valley Blaze

Where is the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze?

The Blaze takes place in the historic village of Croton-on-Hudson.
The exact address of the Blaze is 525 South Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson.

The event takes place at the historic Van Cortlandt Manor, an 18th-century building.

Croton-on-Hudson is located in the town of Cortlandt and is situated in the north-western part of Westchester County.

Carved butterflies from the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, NY

When does The Blaze take place?

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze takes place every year in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. During the evenings of this event, you can walk on the historic grounds of the Van Cortlandt Manor to view this one-of-a-kind display.

How long does it take to see everything at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze?

Most people can walk through and enjoy the experience in about an hour. Allow some extra time (up to 90 minutes), especially on days when the event is more crowded.

Brontosaurus at the Hudson Valley Blaze.

How much are the tickets to The Blaze?

Check their website for updated pricing info.
For reference, (at the time of this posting) the cost of a weekday adult ticket is approximately $22, Children (3-17 yrs) is approximately $16. Weekend ticket prices are typically higher.

How soon can I purchase tickets to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze?

Tickets go on sale as early as September. Buy tickets early because many dates sell out quickly.

How do I get to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze?

You can take the Metro-North train on the Hudson line from Grand Central to Croton-Harmon station. Van Cortlandt Manor is approximately a 20-minute walk from the train station or a 5-7 minute taxi ride.

Conveniently located off of Route 9, Van Cortlandt Manor is easily accessible by car.

Dinosaurs at the Hudson Valley Blaze in Westchester County, NY

The Hudson Valley Blaze Address:

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is located at 525 South Riverside Ave in Croton-on-Hudson.

For current hours of admission, pricing and information, please check out their website.

According to
“All proceeds from the Blaze and other Halloween events support the programs of Historic Hudson Valley, a non-profit education organization.”

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For more Fall Festival in the Hudson Valley, check out my post about the Best Hudson Valley Fall Events.

Tips for visiting the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze:
> This is an outdoor walking event, so be prepared for the weather with appropriate attire and comfortable shoes.
> Beverages and snacks are sold at the event.
> There is a tented area at the beginning of the event that sells pumpkin beer, hot cocoa, cider and other treats, such as candy apples, pumpkin-spice treats, and fresh popcorn.
> Visitors should plan for a visit of 90 minutes to 2 hours.
> There is on-site FREE parking.

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The Hudson Valley Blaze is spectacular event showcasing jack o'lanterns displayed to create different objects.
A display of lit up jack o'lanterns displayed at the Hudson Valley Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.

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