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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

I had so much fun at last year’s The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze that this year I bought tickets again so I could show Greg, Kendall and Matt just how incredible the pumpkins are.

See, incredible:

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Ha. Impressed yet?

The Blaze is located just outside Sleepy Hollow, and is a trail through the forest that’s lined with thousands of hand-carved jack o’lanterns. And I’m not just talking about the normal jack o’lanterns with triangle eyes and a crooked mouth. Instead each pumpkin is uniquely and expertly carved, and a majority of these pumpkins are stacked, piled and rotated to create shapes like a pumpkin bridge, a pumpkin carousel, and a pumpkin sea serpent!

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I still can’t get over the intricacy of these designs. I can’t imagine carving one pumpkin to look like this, let alone thousands!

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Now do you understand how incredible The Blaze really is?

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I especially loved the pumpkin Statue of Liberty. Since Matt is relatively new to America it made the perfect photo opp!

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It takes about an hour to walk through The Blaze, and the trail ends with one special feature… a pumpkin headless horseman! We are near Sleepy Hollow, after all!

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze - New York Halloween travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Tickets for The Blaze go on sale every year on September 1st and usually sell out, so you should buy them as close to that date as possible. I also recommend going later in the evening, anytime after 9:30pm. This way you can avoid most of the crowds (as well as most of the children)!

There are still some tickets available for this year. You can find them, as well as more information on The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, here.

For a comprehensive list of my travel tips for visiting Sleepy Hollow during Halloween, click here.

This is Halloween… at The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze!

~A

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