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These Epic Jack-O’-Lantern Events Are Totally Worth the Drive

The biggest pumpkin shows of the season are happening in Philly, Westchester, Long Island and Governor’s Island and you’ll need to plan ahead to secure your spot.


The tri-state area’s most elaborate pumpkin shows won’t be happening in NJ this weekend but are totally worth the drive. Here are four next-level jack-o’-lantern events that will amaze every member of your family. Note: Some of these are selling out fast (especially on the weekends) so book soon.

Photo courtesy of The Glow

The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

More than 20 artists work on thousands of orange beauties to make this traveling showcase happen. Historic West Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA is one of three homes to this special spectacle this fall. It’s an intimate experience, since only a certain number of guests are allowed to enter at a time, and there are limited tix for each time slot. The ⅓ mile trail will have your kids mesmerized for 30-45 minutes by themed sections, such as Winter Wonderland and Under the Sea (and politics and sports for the adults). The Glow is at West Fairmount Park at Avenue of the Republic and States Drive. Tickets are $22 for adults and $16 for kids ages 3-12, but prices vary on weekends. Click here for tickets.

Photo courtesy of The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

More than 7,000 brightly-lit masterpieces can be found at this next-level display in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Every pumpkin at this Westchester gem is carved onsite by a team of highly talented gourd artists. Take the kids down Pumpkin Promenade, spot a huge glowing sea serpent made of pumpkins next to the river and gaze up at the Pumpkin Planetarium. Don’t miss the clowns, animals, circus train or activities. The Blaze is located at 525 S. Riverside Avenue. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for kids and $25 and $20 on Fridays and Saturdays respectively. Weekends sell out fast so be sure to reserve asap to secure your spot. Kids under 3 are free. Click here for tickets.

Photo courtesy of Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns

See 5,000 hand-carved wonders, including elaborate multi-pumpkin structures, at Garden of Gourds in Long Island. The real selling point of this showcase is that it’s the only event in the US that freshly carves 5,000 pumpkins every weekend (that’s 20K in just a month!). Kids will be wowed by life-sized dinosaurs and a 40-foot-tall fire truck made from pumpkins. The kids’ jaws will drop at the more than 60 100+ pounders with gorgeous paintings and intricate carvings. Don’t miss the RISE pumpkin patch exclusive to the Long Island location, where your little monsters will get to take a pumpkin home with them. RISE is located at Old Westbury Gardens at 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, NY. Tickets are $26 for adults and $22 for kids. Click here for tickets.

Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns

If you want to stay in Manhattan for this Halloween treat, take the ferry through the harbor to reach Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns on Governors Island, new this year. Take in the spooky-gorgeous scenery, including Castle Williams, an old military fort and prison from the 19th century. Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns is on Governor’s Island at 10 South St., New York, NY for October 26-29 only. Tickets are $24 for adults and $20 for kids. Click here for tickets.


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