Croton-on-hudson, NY

Blaze Returns: The Popular Halloween Attraction Lights Up The Night Featuring Glowing Jack O' Lanterns

Suzanne Rothberg

Historic Hudson Valley sponsors the event annually at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson and now Long Island this year

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The popular autumn and Halloween-inspired attraction The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze returns once again to Van Cortlandt Manor located in Croton-on-Hudson at 525 South Riverside Avenue, just off Route 9. New this year is a second installation at Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Long Island. The incredible craftsmanship and artwork from various artists showing off their creations of glowing and colorful hand-carved Jack O'Lanterns have been an epic wonderland and main attraction every autumn and drew 175,000 visitors in 2019. The attraction features more than 7,000 hand-carved Jack O' Lanterns lit up throughout the scenic historic landscapes; making it one of the biggest not-to-be-missed events.

New installations featured this year at the Croton location include a replica of key points of interest-themed landmarks such as the New York City Skyline with the famous Statue of Liberty, a Pumpkin Planetarium, and a massive impressive Hudson River "underwater" scene. At the Long Island location, visitors can enjoy a pumpkin immersive star tunnel and a working replica of the Montauk Lighthouse, and a new 80-foot circus train and be enchanted by a new sea monster and more creatures from under the ocean. All made out of illuminated pumpkins!

Creative Director Michael Natiello leads a small team of Historic Hudson Valley staff and local artists who carve the pumpkins.

Historic Hudson Valley's VP of Communications and Commerce Rob Schweitzer is proud to welcome back 'The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze.'

“We are thrilled to bring The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze® back to Van Cortlandt Manor for a 17th year and, in partnership with Nassau County, to Old Bethpage Village Restoration for a second year. We were able to safely entertain thousands of visitors and help support the local economy in 2020, and we are delighted to be able make 2021 even more exciting and fun. We’ve added more nights and more displays and can’t wait to welcome visitors through the pumpkin arches.” -Rob Schweitzer Historic Hudson Valley's VP of Communications and Commerce.

The Croton version is the original which began in 2005 and is known as Blaze: Hudson Valley. It opens September 17 and runs selected nights (59 in all). The Long Island version opens September 22 and runs Wednesdays through Sundays (plus Columbus Day Monday) until November 7.

Tickets can be purchased online only on HHV's website or by ordering by phone at (914) 366-6900. There's a $2.50 per ticket surcharge for phone orders.

Due to Covid-19 the health and safety of their visitors while on the grounds are HHV's highest priority and the experiences are outdoors and touch-free. The capacity has been reduced to ensure social distancing requirements. Visitors who are unvaccinated are required to wear masks at all times while on the grounds but masks are not required for vaccinated visitors while on the grounds outdoors but are required when entering the buildings such as restrooms or shops.

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