100,000 people can all agree…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!