Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Kicks Off In Westchester County

CROTON ON HUDSON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — One of the more popular Halloween events in the Tri-State area is the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze that has kicked off in Westchester County.

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CBS2’s Valerie Castro reports this is the twelfth year for the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.

Organizers said the newest addition to the blaze this year is the Pumpkin Zee Bridge. It was created out of 1,000 pumpkins and you can actually walk across the bridge.

“The bridge was new, I think, this year,” said Michael Senese. “I like the bridge a lot this year.”

There are 7,000 pumpkins throughout the entire park.

An old favorite improved upon from last year is the Pumpkin Planetarium, twinkling pumpkins up above and all around you.

Another crowd pleaser is the headless horseman whose pumpkin head seems to fly away.

The Jack in the boxes are the winner for 9-year-old Ashley.

“Because when they pop up their faces are really pretty and cool,” she said.

The labor began in June when volunteers carved the first pumpkins. Amy Cotter is one of those people who said her call to become a carver came four years ago.

“There was an ad in the newspaper saying ‘Pumpkin Carvers Needed,’ so I said that’s what I want to be when I grow up,” Amy said.

People in Croton on Hudson are wearing shorts and t-shirts while they enjoy this unseasonable weather.

“I had to pull it out of winter storage in order to get cool again,” said Anne Van Leer. “It’s great.”

“It’s wonderful, plus I don’t have to run my furnace, so save on heating bills,” said John Van Leer.

The blaze is a two-month-long event. Organizers said new pumpkins are carved every day to replace the ones that rot.

There are still tickets left for later in the month.


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