CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Van Cortlandt Manor dates back to the early 1700s, and has been transformed into a frightening world of thousands of carved pumpkins.
As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, each is part of a spooky display that includes dragons, a grandfather clock, and cats.
“Sometimes an idea is inspired by the history of this place,” Michael Natiello said.
Natiello is the creative director of the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, which is in its 11th year — and a favorite for both young and young in spirit.
“They were changing lights with the music, so when the music changed the tone the lights would change,” Stephen Swiecicki said.
“You never lose it, even as an adult, that spirit, that holiday spirit,” Dale Houlis added.
Natiello said volunteers are carving 1,000 new pumpkins every week. Around 4,000 people have been coming every night, and everyone has their favorites.
“I think the snakes that are all made out of pumpkins,” one guest said.
The snakes are down the path from the ghost train and the pumpkin planetarium.
“We’ve had unprecedented demand this year and we were entirely sold out, and we’ve just added time slots for dates from late October all the way through the middle of November,” said Rob Schweitzer, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Historic Hudson Valley.
Welcome news for those worried that they might miss out on a good scare.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for children, they go up to $20 and $25, respectively, on Saturdays.
The event lasts for 30 nights and ends on Sunday, November 15.