Sightseeing in my backyard: Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor

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Last Fall, while I was working as a Neal’s Yard Remedies vendor at one of Hilltop Hanover Farm’s CSA pickups, one of the volunteers told me she was attending Blaze. I was curious because I hadn’t heard of it. She explained that it’s an annual Westchester tradition, and that if I liked Halloween, I should try to go. She recommended that I get advance tickets because it’s a popular attraction that sells out quickly.

Following her advice, I lucked out and got tickets, albeit well after Halloween, in the middle of November. But the weekday evening I chose was crisp and clear, and I got some great pictures as twilight was setting in:


As you can see, the display includes thousands of hand carved pumpkins. The event includes sound and synchronized lighting effects, which all lend a festive, spooky atmosphere. Van Cortlandt Manor is also lit up for the occasion.

If you enjoy Halloween, I agree that this a fun event to attend. The Jack o’ Lantern displays change year to year, so I will probably attend again in the future.


Sightseeing in my backyard series

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Philipsburg Manor




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