Historic Hudson Valley’s roster of four major Halloween-themed events kick off on Saturday, Oct. 6.Continuing for 22 selected evenings through Nov. 11, The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze® is the tri-state area’s biggest all-ages Halloween extravaganza. A small team of artists come together to carve more than 5,000 jacks, many fused together in elaborate constructions such as life-size dinosaurs and eight-foot-tall working jack-o’lanterns-in-the-box, all lit up throughout the wooded walkways, orchards, and gardens of historic Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Washington Irving’s macabre tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow inspires Horseman’s Hollow, an 11-night interactive haunted attraction at Philipsburg Manor recommended for ages 10 and up. Stocked with professional actors and state-of-the-art special effects, Horseman’s Hollow has a high fear factor and is not for the faint of heart.
Irving’s ‘Legend,’ recommended for ages 10 and up, brings the master storyteller Jonathan Kruk into the historic, candlelitinterior of Sleepy Hollow’s circa-1685 Old Dutch Church, where for 12 evenings he offers a dramatic re-telling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow accompanied by live organ music.
Legend Celebration at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside is a daytime prelude to these evening events. Storytellers and magicians are just some of the colorful characters that perform for all ages, and visitors are encouraged to come in costume.
Blaze Founding Sponsor is Entergy. Blaze Title Sponsor is KeyBank. Media Sponsors are 100.7 WHUD/The Peak 107.1 and Journal News Media Group.
All events are held rain or shine. Proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based private, non-profit educational organization which owns and operates the historic sites that host these events.
Buy tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900 ($2 per ticket surcharge for phone orders).
(picutred at top: jack o'lanterns fuse together to form T-Rex)