Pumpkin Blaze Extravaganza and Other Attractions

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel




What would Halloween be without pumpkins and spooky activities? Imagine a place to visit where thousands of these are on display and provide a great way for family and friends to celebrate the beautiful autumn season. Adults coming without children will enjoy this outing as well!

Once again The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze®, the Hudson Valley’s biggest all-ages fall extravaganza, will run for a record 45 select evenings from late September through Thanksgiving weekend. The walk-through experience lights up the wooded pathways, orchards, and gardens of historic Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., where a small team of artists hand-carve more than 7,000 jack o’lanterns and elaborate pumpkin sculptures. Visitors will love seeing Blaze favorites, such as a giant spider web and the mammoth sea serpent, and will be awed by more pumpkin power than ever before! New additions include a medieval castle guarded by a flock of Jack O’Lantern owls, a functioning windmill, and a full set of Instagrammable zodiac signs. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Shop offers a full bounty of Blaze-specific merchandise including candles, hats, T-shirts, magnets, caps, mugs, and jewelry. An onsite café also sells refreshments.

Visit the Horseman’s Hollow at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. to experience Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at its most terrifying extremes. Visitors will walk a haunted trail where creatures lurk in the shadows, ready to strike fear into the hearts of those brave enough to venture into the darkness. Professional actors, award-winning feature-film makeup artists, and state-of-the-art special effects make the Horseman’s Hollow experience all too real. This 16-night haunted attraction at Philipsburg Manor is recommended for ages ten and up.

Also at Philipsburg Manor is The Unsilent Picture, a brand-new event for 2018. The immersive theater experience features an original black and white film starring Tony Award-winning actor Bill Irwin accompanied by musicians and an in-the-flesh special effects Foley artist. The movie, which was commissioned by Historic Hudson Valley and shot on location in buildings at Van Cortlandt Manor, is the center of this 16-night experience. It is recommended for ages ten and up and contains scenes of drinking alcohol, smoking and snuff tobacco use, implied violence, and mature themes.

There are more opportunities to be captivated by Irving’s Legend than ever before. Master storytellers Jonathan Kruk and Jim Keyes, accompanied by live organ music bring to life The Legend of Sleepy Hollow during afternoon and evening performances at Sleepy Hollow’s circa-1685 Old Dutch Church. Irving’s Legend runs for 16 select dates in October and is recommended for ages ten and up. All events are held rain or shine. Proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based private, non-profit educational organization that owns and operates the historic sites that host these events.


These events have limited capacity and sell out quickly. All admissions are by advance purchase timed tickets.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 914-366-6900. There is a $2 per ticket surcharge for phone orders and for tickets purchased onsite (if available).


October 10, 2018 |

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