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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Westchester

Posted by editor on 09/30/15

As Port Chester residents are gearing up for October, Halloween and all the fun fall events that come with it, one Westchester event is a stand out and is sure to excite our residents here at The Castle. For the eleventh year in a row The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze will be returning to Westchester this fall. Located at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton On Hudson, this spectacular show attracts thousands of local Westchester residents and people from several surrounding areas. Only a half hour away from The Castle in Port Chester, the Blaze is a must see fall experience you will want to be a part of.

The Blaze is a themed pumpkin light show with its main focus being on Halloween and features many sub themes that branch out and go way beyond the typical Halloween trends of witches, ghosts and goblins. The show features thousands of pumpkins set up throughout Van Cortlandt Manor, where visitors can walk through and view stunning arrangements of lighted pumpkins. In the past there have been sub themes of flowers, robots, dinosaurs, giant spider webs, Greek mythology, reptiles and many more!

This year the show will have some new attractions including the Pumpkin Planetarium, ghosts that fly above visitors as they make their way through the manor, the circus ghost train, and a new addition of different animals and other characters. Some favorites like the dinosaur and aquarium attractions will be back but you can expect new features and additions within them as well. As visitors walk through the site they will hear an originally composed soundtrack made special for the Blaze, as well as sound effects that go along with certain attractions and synchronized lighting shows.

To put on this illuminating show it takes over 7,000 individual pumpkins and preparations that start as early as June. Logistics and planning for what will be featured in the show are thought about and set into action as early as February. The pumpkins in the show are mixed with artificial and real pumpkins with thousands of extras on hand, ready to replace any that might rot and go bad during the shows run.

This fall extravaganza will run 30 shows between October 2nd and November 15th. You can purchase tickets and view the list of available dates and times here. More information about the event can also be found by visiting their Facebook page or the historic Hudson Valley website.