The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze of 2014
Happy (early) Halloween everyone!! Halloween has always held an appeal for me, and no, not just because of the candy (although as a child that was a big part of it). I do a customary re-watch of Hocus Pocus which should tell you a lot already lol.
We're digging back into my vault of unshared photos and taking it back to 2014 before I moved out to the Bay Area. The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze is held every year in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. If you're in the area, I do highly recommend checking it out! I think they put it best so here's there website if anyone is curious: https://hudsonvalley.org/events/blaze/
Anyway, my mom and I got tickets for this and managed to visit before I had to begin my cross-country drive to California (I really should do a blog post on that sometime). It was pretty clear to us even early in the night as we sat down at a pizzeria and grabbed a bite to eat before our time slot that everyone in the area was here for this event. It's really easy to see why too!
After sorting out parking, we entered and began walking around the area to view the more than 6,000+ hand carved pumpkins all arranged in various scenes, animals, and much more. Join me for a walk down memory lane almost 4 years ago.
This was probably one of my favorites from the whole night. The lights near the ghost scarecrows changed various colors and really helped set the tone.
This haunted house was all decked out with carved pumpkins with a time-synced music show.
Another view of those strobe-lights near the ghost scarecrows.
This picture doesn't really lend the scale I wanted it to, but this was really big! Think about the normal size of a pumpkin and then it may help with scale.
This was the customary instagram spot where you pass through an archway of jack o'lanterns and they also are all along the ceiling of the inside.
Here's a better close up of some of the jack o'lanterns on the ceiling.
Definitely a great spot here for pictures with the family and getting in the festive mood.
I was pretty in awe of some of the scenes they set up, including these dinosaurs!
There was some amazing sculptures all created from jack o'lanterns one by one.
Another one that's hard to understand the scale of, but if you know anything about dinosaurs you probably know how big a brontosaurus is ;)
There was this amazingly intricate jack o'lantern snake on the ground, and what looked like people having a fright lol
Every single jack o'lantern I saw had a different pattern and from what I heard each are re-carved throughout the 2-month long event to provide an optimal experience for visitors.
That was one big pumpkin that was carved into a gravestone, but I love how eerie this shot turned out
And with that our night concludes! If you are in the area where the blaze is held, definitely check it out! Regardless, everyone enjoy your Halloween and seek out something spooky :)
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