Monday, October 17, 2011

The Semi-Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze

Last year I was browsing around the internet and found out about this amazing event in the historic Hudson Valley. At the Van Cortlandt manor estates they hold an annual jack-o-lantern blaze where you can see over 4000 individually hand carved illuminated pumpkins. Absolutely breathtaking! Please visit the Historic Hudson Valley website for more photos and info.

The great jack-o-lantern blaze

Van Cortlandt manor

I just love jack-o-lanterns. The way they look, the smell, and especially the history. For some reason they just make me happy. I even have a grinning jack-o-lantern tattooed on my leg. So since it's such a long drive from Oregon to New York I had my own blaze last year. I invited friends and family over to a pumpkin carving party to help me carve over 80 jack-o-lanterns. We had planned on doing this outside but of course the dreaded Oregon rain decided to show up so we had to move indoors. I had pumpkin guts strewn from one end of my house to the other. But the finished project was so well worth it!

Enjoy these pictures from last years Semi-Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze and pumpkin carving party. 
Creepy Punch

A shitload of pumpkins
My sis taking out her aggressions
My son and the porch dummy. My sons on the left lol.
Carved pumpkins along the fence



  1. There is nothing like a lit jacko at night. Thanks for the great pictures. Looked like a lot of fun.

  2. wicKED so glad you liked the pics! I just love a jack-o-lantern lit evening.

  3. Wow! Awesome!
    I´d love to get a Pumpkin for my little Halloween bash. But for some reason they start selling them in september. Next week every Pumpkin thats left will be allready rotting. Spoiled my soup-plans last year. And no barfing pumpkin for the buffet. :-(