Fairytale Events, the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze of Hudson Valley, NY

100,000 people can all agree…

Photo by Christa Thompson

Photo by Christa Thompson

I have never seen so many!” -The Little Fairytale Traveler

Last week as part of our Legendary New England tour in Sleepy Hollow, NY, The Fairytale Traveler was lucky enough to experience one of the most spectacular, family friendly Halloween events of the year. All thanks to the Historic Hudson Valley

Hospitality tent Photo by Christa Thompson

Hospitality tent Photo by Christa Thompson

This is the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze, and ‘great’ is an understatement. The first entry at the gate is a tent with elaborate family-friendly Halloween decorations, beverage/baked goods for sale, Halloween trinkets for the kids, and even a carver that you can watch as he carves ‘Blaze’ pumpkins. Now I knew there was going to be a lot of pumpkin action going on, but man oh man, I was in no way prepared for what the great people of the Historic Hudson Valley had in store.

Photo by Christa Thompson

Photo by Christa Thompson

Once you’re into the trail it’s nothing but Jack-O-Lanterns as far as you can see; cascading down hills, perched on stairs, shelves, and even on each other! It’s pumpkins galore! Little pumpkins, big pumpkins, pumpkins made into monsters and giant dinosaurs! There was even a giant pumpkin dragon..Seriously! My personal favorites were the tribute to famous monsters like Frankenstein, and the pumpkin graveyard.

Pumpkin graveyard, Photo by Christa Thompson

Pumpkin graveyard, Photo by Christa Thompson

At the very end you walk through an entire pumpkin archway made into a tunnel, seriously the coolest and most pumpkins I have ever seen.

Photo by Christa Thompson

Photo by Christa Thompson

Here are some fun Jack-O-Lantern Blaze facts (from the great folks at the Historic Hudson Valley):

Number of pounds of pumpkin ordered for 2013: 240,000 pounds

Number of carvers: Around 20

Number of pumpkins re-carved each week: 1,000

Number of lights: 5,000

Number of candles:  26,000 votive lights

How long (and how many volunteers) does it take to light all the candles each night: It takes 30 volunteer lighters 3 hours to light all of the votives

Number of volunteers: Around 1,000 people volunteer each year to light and scoop pumpkins

Number of different retail items made specifically for Blaze: 80, including T-shirts, sweatshirts,baseball caps, chocolate bars, cotton throw, postcards, magnets, bookmarks, pens, journals, notepads, wooden tray, snow globe, magnets, key chains, mugs, music CD, original paintings, prints, puzzles, and more.

Number of visitors in 2013: Over 100,000

Thank you Historic Hudson Valley for having us, and thank you for having such a family friendly Halloween experience! For more information on visiting the Hudson Valley and annual events like the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze CLICK HERE!

Photo by Christa Thompson

Photo by Christa Thompson


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

6 Comments on this post

  1. Wow, what a display of creativity! Has the humble pumpkin ever been elevated to such heights?! …Well, maybe in the instance of Cinderella’s coach… Still, this is probably as amazing as pumpkin can get, short of a fairy godmother’s magic. (:

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  2. I was recently in the Hudson Valley during my Canada/US trip and loved seeing all the pumpkins on display. What a fabulous event! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos. Wish I’d been there!
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