The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is one of the tri-state area’s favorite fall spectacles. More than seven thousand hand-carved jack o’lanterns illuminate Van Court Manor’s nine sprawling acres.

In addition, the Great Jack O’Lantern blaze doubles as an elaborate land art installation. Over one thousand volunteers and artists design, scoop, carve and light the jack o’lanterns leading up to this one-of-a-kind event.

During your visit, watch the synchronized light show and listen to the events original soundtrack.  Visit the Museum of Pumpkin Art to see classic paintings “given the gourd treatment”. Watch a show at the Pumpkin Planetarium. Take all the selfies at the Pumpkin Carousel, the Pumpkin Windmill, and 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty.  Oh, and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats!

So don’t miss out on this veritable “Halloweentown” in the Historic Hudson Valley. It’s a blast! Er, a blaze!

You can find all the pertinent info, including FAQs, hours and admission pricing, here. Note: We have listed this event as All Day, but only because availability and specific hours vary. Please check the website to confirm hours on any given day.

If you want to get a sense of the what will be in store for you, check out our blog post from a previous year here.

-L. & J.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is one of the tri-state area’s favorite fall spectacles. More than seven thousand hand-carved jack o’lanterns illuminate Van Court Manor’s nine sprawling acres.

In addition, the Great Jack O’Lantern blaze doubles as an elaborate land art installation. Over one thousand volunteers and artists design, scoop, carve and light the jack o’lanterns leading up to this one-of-a-kind event.

During your visit, watch the synchronized light show and listen to the events original soundtrack.  Visit the Museum of Pumpkin Art to see classic paintings “given the gourd treatment”. Watch a show at the Pumpkin Planetarium. Take all the selfies at the Pumpkin Carousel, the Pumpkin Windmill, and 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty.  Oh, and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats!

So don’t miss out on this veritable “Halloweentown” in the Historic Hudson Valley. It’s a blast! Er, a blaze!

You can find all the pertinent info, including FAQs, hours and admission pricing, here. Note: We have listed this event as All Day, but only because availability and specific hours vary. Please check the website to confirm hours on any given day.

If you want to get a sense of the what will be in store for you, check out our blog post from a previous year here.

-L. & J.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is one of the tri-state area’s favorite fall spectacles. More than seven thousand hand-carved jack o’lanterns illuminate Van Court Manor’s nine sprawling acres.

In addition, the Great Jack O’Lantern blaze doubles as an elaborate land art installation. Over one thousand volunteers and artists design, scoop, carve and light the jack o’lanterns leading up to this one-of-a-kind event.

During your visit, watch the synchronized light show and listen to the events original soundtrack.  Visit the Museum of Pumpkin Art to see classic paintings “given the gourd treatment”. Watch a show at the Pumpkin Planetarium. Take all the selfies at the Pumpkin Carousel, the Pumpkin Windmill, and 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty.  Oh, and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats!

So don’t miss out on this veritable “Halloweentown” in the Historic Hudson Valley. It’s a blast! Er, a blaze!

You can find all the pertinent info, including FAQs, hours and admission pricing, here. Note: We have listed this event as All Day, but only because availability and specific hours vary. Please check the website to confirm hours on any given day.

If you want to get a sense of the what will be in store for you, check out our blog post from a previous year here.

-L. & J.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is one of the tri-state area’s favorite fall spectacles. More than seven thousand hand-carved jack o’lanterns illuminate Van Court Manor’s nine sprawling acres.

In addition, the Great Jack O’Lantern blaze doubles as an elaborate land art installation. Over one thousand volunteers and artists design, scoop, carve and light the jack o’lanterns leading up to this one-of-a-kind event.

During your visit, watch the synchronized light show and listen to the events original soundtrack.  Visit the Museum of Pumpkin Art to see classic paintings “given the gourd treatment”. Watch a show at the Pumpkin Planetarium. Take all the selfies at the Pumpkin Carousel, the Pumpkin Windmill, and 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty.  Oh, and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats!

So don’t miss out on this veritable “Halloweentown” in the Historic Hudson Valley. It’s a blast! Er, a blaze!

You can find all the pertinent info, including FAQs, hours and admission pricing, here. Note: We have listed this event as All Day, but only because availability and specific hours vary. Please check the website to confirm hours on any given day.

If you want to get a sense of the what will be in store for you, check out our blog post from a previous year here.

-L. & J.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is one of the tri-state area’s favorite fall spectacles. More than seven thousand hand-carved jack o’lanterns illuminate Van Court Manor’s nine sprawling acres.

In addition, the Great Jack O’Lantern blaze doubles as an elaborate land art installation. Over one thousand volunteers and artists design, scoop, carve and light the jack o’lanterns leading up to this one-of-a-kind event.

During your visit, watch the synchronized light show and listen to the events original soundtrack.  Visit the Museum of Pumpkin Art to see classic paintings “given the gourd treatment”. Watch a show at the Pumpkin Planetarium. Take all the selfies at the Pumpkin Carousel, the Pumpkin Windmill, and 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty.  Oh, and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats!

So don’t miss out on this veritable “Halloweentown” in the Historic Hudson Valley. It’s a blast! Er, a blaze!

You can find all the pertinent info, including FAQs, hours and admission pricing, here. Note: We have listed this event as All Day, but only because availability and specific hours vary. Please check the website to confirm hours on any given day.

If you want to get a sense of the what will be in store for you, check out our blog post from a previous year here.

-L. & J.

The Village Halloween Parade

The Village Halloween Parade is an annual street pageant and celebration in New York City. It takes place on Halloween night in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan (route provided below). The parade has been going on continuously for 46 years, and is akin to a mini Mardi Gras, which is why it is often referred to as “New York’s Carnival”.

If you’re curious about what to expect, think puppets, bands, dancers, and artists galore at the Village Halloween Parade. You’ll also see Basil Twist’s Zora, the iconic spider puppet and official mascot of the parade, hanging from the tower of Jefferson Market Library. And there’s no phoning it in by the participants at this incredible event. The creativity of fellow marchers–locals and visitors alike–is on full display, with the most intricate, creative, amazing homemade costumes you’ll find anywhere.

Pic of a Village Halloween Parade participant dressed as Van Gogh's 1889 self-portrait, courtesy of Village Halloween Parade

Though you may choose to enter the parade in the general public line-up (expect very long lines!), there are other parade access options, though they’ll cost you. For instance, each year the parade has a special theme and that theme has a section in the parade. Attendees can use this theme as inspiration for their costume designs and then join that special section on Halloween night. You can find a specific description of the special theme, ticket prices, and details about the accompanying rules and perks here. Another option to “skip the line” is to join the band section. For a small fee, of course. But how cool would that be?! You can find additional info for all participation options here.

NOTE: All proceeds from ticket sales go to support the parade, which only receives partial public funding.

So don’t miss out on this incredible, fun-filled evening. Get your creativity flowing and make a costume that will blow people’s minds! We’re sure to see you there.

Still craving more Halloween fun? Check out our visit to The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze here.

Can’t get enough of one of the best parade scenes in the country? Plan your next warm weather visit to New York City around the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, one of the most beloved, creative Summer events in the five boroughs.

All photos courtesy of Village Halloween Parade.

-L. & J.

Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

The Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is a Halloween celebration, costume parade and competition…for, well, dogs and their parents. Yep, you read that right. Through 2017, the annual event was held at Tompkins Square Park, for which it is named. However, due to alleged insurance and overcrowding issues back in 2018, the venue is now the East River Park Amphitheater. Contestants have the opportunity to earn bragging rights and compete for thousands of dollars in prizes.

History

Twenty-eight years ago, the inaugural Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade began as a small, casual, low-key event held by neighborhood locals. It wasn’t just a Halloween celebration, though, it was also the after-party for a hard-fought community victory: the successful launch of the city’s first dog run. From there, word spread and the event grew in popularity every year thereafter. The number of participants (now in the hundreds), along with spectators (now in the thousands), have markedly increased year after year.

Nothing is off-limits at the Tompkins Square Dog Parade. You’ll see dogs and their owners dress up as pop culture icons, historical figures, politicians and much, much more. So visit one the year’s premier local Halloween events and get your phones and cameras ready to capture this one-of-a-kind New York City event.

You can find more information about the parade and competition here.

You can also get a bird’s-eye view of the parade from our visits in 2018 here.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is one of the tri-state area’s favorite fall spectacles. More than seven thousand hand-carved jack o’lanterns illuminate Van Court Manor’s nine sprawling acres.

In addition, the Great Jack O’Lantern blaze doubles as an elaborate land art installation. Over one thousand volunteers and artists design, scoop, carve and light the jack o’lanterns leading up to this one-of-a-kind event.

During your visit, watch the synchronized light show and listen to the events original soundtrack.  Visit the Museum of Pumpkin Art to see classic paintings “given the gourd treatment”. Watch a show at the Pumpkin Planetarium. Take all the selfies at the Pumpkin Carousel, the Pumpkin Windmill, and 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty.  Oh, and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats!

So don’t miss out on this veritable “Halloweentown” in the Historic Hudson Valley. It’s a blast! Er, a blaze!

You can find all the pertinent info, including FAQs, hours and admission pricing, here. Note: We have listed this event as All Day, but only because availability and specific hours vary. Please check the website to confirm hours on any given day.

If you want to get a sense of the what will be in store for you, check out our blog post from a previous year here.

-L. & J.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is one of the tri-state area’s favorite fall spectacles. More than seven thousand hand-carved jack o’lanterns illuminate Van Court Manor’s nine sprawling acres.

In addition, the Great Jack O’Lantern blaze doubles as an elaborate land art installation. Over one thousand volunteers and artists design, scoop, carve and light the jack o’lanterns leading up to this one-of-a-kind event.

During your visit, watch the synchronized light show and listen to the events original soundtrack.  Visit the Museum of Pumpkin Art to see classic paintings “given the gourd treatment”. Watch a show at the Pumpkin Planetarium. Take all the selfies at the Pumpkin Carousel, the Pumpkin Windmill, and 25-foot-tall jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty.  Oh, and watch out for swooping jack o’lantern bats!

So don’t miss out on this veritable “Halloweentown” in the Historic Hudson Valley. It’s a blast! Er, a blaze!

You can find all the pertinent info, including FAQs, hours and admission pricing, here. Note: We have listed this event as All Day, but only because availability and specific hours vary. Please check the website to confirm hours on any given day.

If you want to get a sense of the what will be in store for you, check out our blog post from a previous year here.

-L. & J.

Spooky Pumpkin Garden at NYBG

Spooky Pumpkin Garden, the premier fall event at New York Botanical Garden, offers fun for the entire family.

During the day, explore Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. There, you’ll find a bounty of gourdes and scarecrows along its twisting, turning trails. In addition, attend pumpkin carving demonstrations or join a pumpkin carving competition!

For a bit of real life scares, don’t miss Meet Creepy Creatures at the Clay Family Picnic Pavilion. On Saturdays and Sundays, October 12th through 27th, snakes, bats and other creepy creatures go on display.

After dark, get your spook on with Spooky Pumpkin Nights. Dress in your scariest costumes and wander the darkened trails, filled with skeletons and other creepy creatures of the night. Perhaps you’ll pick up some wholesome treats along the way.

And don’t forget, on October 26th and 27th, see the award-winning, enormous pumpkins on display from the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. Yes, that’s a real thing. Last year’s prize winner weighed more than 2,500 hundred pounds!

If Spooky Pumpkin Garden can’t get you into the Halloween spirit, nothing can. So don’t miss it!

You can find all the pertinent info, including admission and special event ticket pricing, here.

If you want to get a sense of the Spooky Pumpkin Garden, check out our blog post here.

-L. & J.