The tri-state area’s most elaborate jack-o’-lantern 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.

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The Glow

Jack’s Pumpkin Glow

Various artists work on thousands of orange beauties to make this traveling showcase happen. Historic Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA is one of four 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  by themed sections with everything from 16-foot-dall dinosaurs to movie stars. Tickets are $22.99 for adults and $16.99 for kids ages 3-12, but prices vary on weekends. Click here for tickets.

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. Tickets start at $23 for adults and $17 for kids. Weekends sell out fast, so be sure to reserve ASAP to secure your spot. Kids under 2 are free. Click here for tickets.

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns

This vibrant display is back in Secaucus, NJ after a three-year hiatus. See more than 5,000 hand-carved masterpieces by pro carvers, plus painted, animated and 3-D pumpkins and live carving. 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!). The kids’ jaws will drop at gorgeous paintings and intricate carvings of their favorite cartoon characters. 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. See more than 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns, plus carved and painted masterpieces. New this year is Light the Night, a lit path of trees and nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns is on Governors Island at 10 South St., New York, NY for October 17-27 only. Tickets are $26 for adults and $22 for kids. Click here for tickets.

Where’s your favorite spot to scope out the best jack-o’-lantern of the season?