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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Returns

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Returns, now in two locations New York’s best fall event is back in the Hudson Valley and Long Island, along with more Halloween fun.

 

 

SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY (August 17, 2021) — Fall in New York is better than ever, with two locations of The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze® and special Legend of Sleepy Hollow-themed experiences ready to launch in the Hudson Valley. Blaze: Hudson Valley returns to its location at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson for a 17th year and Blaze: Long Island returns to Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage after a successful launch in 2020. On the grounds of Washington Irving’s Sunnyside in Tarrytown, visitors can enjoy two special celebrations of the author’s most famous work: Home of the ‘Legend’ during the day and dramatic evening performances of Irving’s ‘Legend.’

Both locations of The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze® are bigger and better than ever before and feature thousands of hand-carved jack o’lanterns lit up in elaborate displays throughout historic landscapes. Blaze: Hudson Valley will run for a record 59 nights from September 17 through November 21. Blaze: Long Island will run for 36 nights from September 22 through November 7.  New displays this year at Blaze: Hudson Valley include a New York City streetscape and an immersive river walk-through experience. At Blaze: Long Island, visitors will see a brand-new 80-foot circus train and be enchanted by a new sea monster and more creatures from under the ocean.

More Halloween fun can be found at the estate of Washington Irving, America’s founding father of literature. Historic Hudson Valley is bringing his classic spooky tale to life at Sunnyside, where visitors during the day can tour Irving’s home, take in an original shadow puppet film and see a special Legend exhibit at Home of the ‘Legend.’ In the evenings, master storyteller Jonathan Kruk casts a spell with dramatic performances of Irving’s ‘Legend,’ performed outdoors under the stars. Complete with live music by Jim Keyes and an appearance from the Headless Horseman himself, this performance is sure to thrill audiences of all ages.

The health and safety of our visitors is our highest priority. HHV’s experiences are largely outdoors and touch-free, and capacity has been reduced to ensure social distancing. Visitors who are not vaccinated are required to wear masks at all times. Masks are not required for vaccinated visitors while on the grounds, but will be required when entering buildings at our sites, such as restrooms or shops. Visitors should consult hudsonvalley.org for our most current requirements.

Blaze: Hudson Valley’s Founding Sponsor is Entergy; Presenting Sponsor is Westchester Medical Center; and Contributing Sponsors are J.P. Morgan Chase and Edge-on-Hudson. Blaze: Long Island’s Exclusive Financial Services Sponsor is JPMorgan; Contributing Sponsor is National Grid.

All events are held rain or shine. Proceeds support Historic Hudson Valley, the Tarrytown-based private, non-profit educational organization that owns and operates several National Historic Landmarks.

Ticket and date information

These events have limited capacity and sell out. All admissions are by advance purchase only. To further reduce staff/visitor touchpoints, no tickets are sold on site even if not sold out.

Blaze: Hudson Valley dates are September 17-October 31; November 3-7, 10-14, 18-21. Blaze: Long Island dates are September 22-26; 29-October 3; October 6-11; 20-24; 27-31; November 3-7. Online tickets start at $32 for adults and $24 for children 3-17, and are free for children 2 and under. Historic Hudson Valley members can attend Blaze: Hudson Valley for free.

Irving’s ‘Legend’ dates are October 1-3; 8-10; 15-17; 22-24; 29-31. Online tickets start at $30 for adults and $24 for children. Historic Hudson Valley members receive a 15% discount on tickets.

Home of the ‘Legend’ dates are September 17-19, 24-26; October 1-3, 8-11, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 and November 5-7. Online tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and children 3-17, and free for those 2 and under and Historic Hudson Valley members.

Buy tickets online at www.hudsonvalley.org or by calling 914-366-6900 ($2.50 per ticket surcharge for phone orders).

Details: The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Hudson Valley

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze: Hudson Valley features illuminated, individually hand-carved jack o’ lanterns in elaborate displays which are professionally lit throughout the landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor in various themed areas.

Favorite installations, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Pumpkin Planetarium, are joined this year by new creations like a New York City streetscape featuring the iconic buildings in the city’s skyline and an immersive Hudson River scene… all made of jack o’lanterns!

Creative Director Michael Natiello leads a small team of Historic Hudson Valley staff and local artists who carve. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Shop offers a selection Blaze-specific merchandise including T-shirts and hats.

Van Cortlandt Manor is at 525 South Riverside Avenue, just off Route 9 in Croton-on-Hudson.

Details: The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Long Island

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze: Long Island features illuminated, individually hand-carved jack o’ lanterns in more than two dozen elaborate displays professionally lit throughout the landscape of Old Bethpage Village Restoration — a historic site owned and operated by Nassau County — in various themed areas.

Favorite installations appear along with site-specific displays including a sea monster and sea creatures, as well as a lighthouse, in a nod to the location’s proximity to the ocean.

Creative Director Michael Natiello leads a small team of local artists who carve all the jack o’lanterns. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Shop offers a selection Blaze-specific merchandise including T-shirts and hats.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration is at 1303 Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage.

More information about Blaze: Long Island is available at pumpkinblaze.org.

Details: Irving’s ‘Legend’

Performed for the first time ever t Washington Irving’s estate, master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, accompanied by live music by Jim Keyes, brings to life the story of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in this outdoor, evening event.

Sunnyside is on West Sunnyside Lane, off Route 9 in Tarrytown.

Details: Home of the ‘Legend’

Sunnyside celebrates its connection to Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, at this family friendly daytime event. Home of the ‘Legend’ includes an original short shadow puppet film and a Legend-themed exhibit.

Sunnyside is on West Sunnyside Lane, off Route 9 in Tarrytown.


About Historic Hudson Valley

Historic Hudson Valley, Westchester County’s largest cultural organization, educates and entertains more than 325,000 visitors a year through school programs, tours of five National Historic Landmarks, and Halloween themed experiences, which have earned a national reputation as among the best in the country.

About Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Old Bethpage Village Restoration is a living history museum owned and operated by Nassau County that provides guests the opportunity to step back in time to the island’s agrarian past. The Village consists of homes, barns and other buildings dating back to 1765. Costumed interpreters describe life as it was in the 19th century and historic trade smiths demonstrate various trades.

Also on the grounds of Old Bethpage Village Restoration is a Co-Op Farm and farmers market, which brings organic and local food to Long Islanders and the Museum of American Armor which is home to armored vehicles dedicated to remembering our servicemen and women who have fought bravely for our country.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration is also the home of the Long Island Fair.