October 31, 2016

Surrounded by Jack O'Lanterns

There is an incredible Halloween event in Sleepy Hollow, New York called the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze. The moment you walk through the gates, you're led down this darkened path where the only light comes from the jack o'lanterns all around you.

There are over 7,000 individually carved pumpkins on display which is mind-blowing when you think about how much time and effort is dedicated to make that possible.

Some of the pumpkins are carved to resemble faces and different animals, while others are grouped to form different figurines including flowers, spiders, and even tall dinosaurs. Some of the pictures I took on my camera do not have the best focus since it was so dark out, but I thought I would include most of them anyways to show you how spectacular of an event it was!

My favorite pumpkin formation (I love flowers!)
"Pumpkin Zee" Bridge instead of Tappan Zee Bridge!
The face in the middle reminds me of Mr. Potato Head

When it comes to the spiritual essence of Halloween, I have always known that it was the Irish who instilled it in America. From reading one of the signs at the event, we learned that they also brought about the tradition of jack o'lantern decorating around the house (in order to ward off evil spirits, of course...)

Here's a short video I made to show you more of the jack o'lanterns!

Overall, I was mind-blown by how many pumpkins we saw and enjoyed spending a night out with my family in Sleeeepy Hollow.
By now, most of you are probably trick-or-treating or having fun at costume parties, so I hope you enjoy the last day of October with your friends and family!

Happy Halloween, Madison

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