Oh, you carved a pumpkin? That's cute, but it's not cutting it. The volunteers at The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze carved seven thousand of them. Every year, gourd gobblers travel to the Van Cortlandt Manor on the Hudson River (20 minutes north of the small New York town once terrorized by the Headless Horseman) to get a glimpse at larger-than-life pumpkin displays. Journey through a tunnel of jack-o-lanterns, marvel at a moving pumpkin windmill, and creep yourself out at a cemetery with pumpkin tombstones and pumpkin-headed characters. With twinkling lights and a cup full of chili, this is one pumpkin-fueled autumnal experience.
America runs on pumpkins—really, really large pumpkins. This country has a reputation for going big (it’s basically written in the Constitution), so when it comes to Halloween events, the USA gets seriously spooky. Whether you’re staring wide-eyed at a monstrous orange gourd in the middle of a charming town or crying your eyes out inside a haunted house so extreme it requires a background check, nothing about Halloween is underplayed in this country.
From stories-high witch balloons to coffin races and seven thousand jack-o-lanterns, these outrageous October events pull out all the tricks and treats—here’s where to see the best of them all this Halloween.
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