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The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze Returns for 2020

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze Returns for 2020

The beloved Halloween tradition is returning for the 2020 season on Sept. 18 with new safety precautions—and now, an event at Old Bethpage Village Restoration too!

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze—the beloved Halloween tradition at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson—is returning for the season this September with a COVID Courtesy Code implemented to keep visitors safe and comfortable during their visit. The event will also be coming to Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage for the first time this year. Tickets are now available for pre-sale by visiting this link and entering the code friends20.

Arguably the area's biggest, most elaborate Halloween happening, the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze has been around since 2005 and displays more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack-o'-lanterns in an elaborate walk-through experience. Meander through a historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display—all made of jack-o’-lanterns.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Safety Precautions

Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times, practice social distancing, monitor their symptoms in the 48 hours prior to arrival, to provide names of everyone in the party for contact tracing purposes, and to leave personal items behind. The event will occur at a limited capacity to ensure visitors can maintain proper social distancing with advance tickets required. Read more about the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze COVID Courtesy Code here.

Know Before You Go

Get there early. It takes time to park and you don’t want to miss any of the fun. If you’re comfortable with dining out, think about grabbing a bite somewhere in Croton to beat some of the traffic.

Spend time in the tent.There are some very cool pumpkin carving demonstrations, which will mesmerize the kids, plenty of treats to buy, and lots of goodies for the kids like light-up swords to purchase.

Dress for the weather. This event is outdoors and held rain or shine. It can be very chilly at night.

Prepare your kids. Some small and even big kids might be spooked by some of the event's features, including scary music, hanging skeletons, and walking around in the dark. Talk to your kids ahead of time about the thousands of pumpkins created into some animals, fairies, and more. You might consider showing them some pictures online. And for those that scare easily, suggest that they use their glow sticks to scare the skeletons.

RELATED: Enter Your Creation in Our Pumpkin Carving & Design Contest!

What to Expect at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Stroll through the covered bridge with jack-o'-lanterns covering the walls (and ceiling!) and emerge to the sights of Sleepy Hollow and and the Headless Horseman, and witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-boxes springing up and bouncing around. See slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, and go gaga over a collection of shrunken "Little Monsters." Gaze in amazement at a towering pumpkin bonfire and a working doomsday grandfather clock. A 40-feet-long sea serpent adds some hiss to the Undersea Aquarium while comical, squash-eating Venus pumpkin traps sprout in the garden.

Visitors walk through an archway made up of carved and brightly-lit pumpkins.

The Blaze's perennially popular Jurassic Park section includes a pterodactyl and an over-20-feet-tall brontosaurus. Plus, the Museum of Pumpkin Art features more than 20 works from professional artists and is the first exhibition space devoted to sculptural works inspired by (but not made from) pumpkins.

Visiting the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze in Westchester County

Address: Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson

Dates: Sept. 18-Nov. 1, daily, and Nov. 6-21, Friday-Sunday, entry by timed ticket only

Admission: Tickets go on sale soon. $24; free for children 2 and younger and members. $2 per ticket surcharge for phone purchase.

This year, tickets are exchangeable to another date/time slot if that date or time has availability up to 72 hours in advance of your reserved time. There is a $2 per ticket exchange fee.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze in Nassau County

Address: Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage

Dates: Oct. 2-Nov. 1, Wednesday-Sunday, entry by timed ticket only

Admission: $32-$40; $24-$32 children ages 3-17; free for children ages 2 and younger. 

This year, tickets are exchangeable to another date/time slot if that date or time has availability up to 72 hours in advance of your reserved time. There is a $2 per ticket exchange fee.


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