Each fall the Van Cortlandt Manor, a national historic site in Croton-on-Hudson, comes alive at night with an orange glow. The bucolic village of Croton-on-Hudson has a population of 8,000 plus residents. Throughout most of the year, it is a calm and relaxed community in the northern suburbs of New York City. Less than an hour traveling out of Manhattan on the Metro-North railroad will get you there from Grand Central Station.
September through November is the time of year when the 180 acres Van Cortlandt Manor host the Pumpkin Blaze. The Pumpkin Blaze is an exhibition of 7,000 expertly hand-carved pumpkins. The individual artist then assemble their pumpkins, giving them form. Some of the orange squashes combine to resemble dinosaurs; others take the form of clock towers, bridges or various geometric shapes. The ingenuity of the artisans will astound you.
Pumpkin Blaze is such a crowd-pleasing event because of the scale and the beauty of it. The sight of thousands of glowing pumpkins lighting up the night is impressive. That in combination with the ornate detail of the carvings is something awesome, and well worth witnessing with your own eyes.
The Pumpkin Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor, in Westchester County, is today’s day trip suggestion. The exhibit will start showing from the 28th of September on select dates. The last showing will be on November 24th. Tickets are $22 for adults, $16 for children ages 3 to 17 (children younger than three may enter for free).
Proceeds from Pumpkin Blaze go towards supporting the Historic Hudson Valley a non-profit educational organization. You will want to check their website for details and discounts when ordering tickets online. Blaze tickets are a hot commodity, so you will want to act fast. I hope to see you there.
Click here for Metro-North railroad details.
Click this link for walking directions from Croton-Harman Station to Van Cortlandt Manor.