Did you know that Washington Irving’s classic story, “Sleepy Hollow,” was based on a real town in the Hudson Valley? Due to its immortalization by Irving’s story, Sleepy Hollow enjoys several spooky events each fall. The Hudson Valley Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is one of the most spectacular of these events and brings thousands of revelers each year. For information on other annual events in the Hudson Valley, download our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s filled with local recommendations so you can make the most of your vacation here.
The Hudson Valley Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
The Hudson Valley Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze lights up the Van Cortlandt Manor each year with spectacular displays of all things pumpkin. If you’re a fan of Halloween, you won’t want to miss this unique event.
Stroll through an 18th-century riverside landscape in the historic Hudson Valley aglow with glittering jack o’lanterns at the 2018 Hudson Valley Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. Marvel at incredible displays constructed by local artists. Each pumpkin you see has been hand-carved by a team of professional artists with the help of over 1,000 volunteers.
One of the main attractions, the pumpkin blaze, features synchronized lights, sound effects, and an original soundtrack. These come together with the creatively carved and illuminated pumpkins to create a spectacular show.
In addition to the Hudson Valley pumpkin blaze, there will be a Pumpkin Promenade and a Pumpkin Zee bridge adorned with numerous grinning and grimacing jack o’lanterns. Crane your neck as you look up at the jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty glowing brightly in the sky. Last but not least, make sure to get a glimpse of the whirling, glimmering Pumpkin Carousel, complete with skeletal horses!
Tickets for the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze go on sale starting September 4th, with the event happening from September 28th – November 24th. All proceeds from the pumpkin blaze (and other Halloween events organized by the Historic Hudson Valley) benefit the programs of the Historic Hudson Valley’s non-profit education organization.
Other Hudson Valley Halloween Events
- Horseman’s Hollow | October 5 -31
- Visit one of the places on the Haunted History Trail
- Get scared at the Pure Terror Scream Park
- Wander the TerrorDome
Relax at Saint Hubert’s Lodge
Fall is undeniably one of the best seasons in the Hudson Valley. From vivid fall foliage to the warm and spicy smells of seasonal dishes to fall harvests and festivals, there’s something for everyone. Stay with Saint Hubert’s Lodge and experience the full splendor of fall in the Hudson Valley. Try your hand at sporting clays on our custom-designed Promatics course. Or, simply meander through the grounds of our gorgeous property. Breathe in the crisp, fresh air as you stroll through our beautiful orchard, and when you are ready to unwind, return to our lodge for luxurious accommodations.
Stay in our main lodge when you choose Gus’ Suite. You’ll unwind from the moment you step inside the spacious room. This suite is furnished with stately decor and features rustic hardwood floors. Lounge in the seating area and enjoy the views from the window that lets in plenty of natural light. Choose between a relaxing hot shower or soaking in the tub as you listen to the crackling of the fireplace in the bathroom.
Each of our rooms is as comfortable and elegant as Gus’ Suite. Be sure to check our availability and book your stay in the lovely historic Hudson Valley today!
Featured image: Photo of the Pumpkin Planetarium courtesy of Tom Nycz for the Historic Hudson Valley