What to do for Halloween in NYC: RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns Old Westbury
Did you know I’m obsessed with Halloween? Well, I am!
This weekend I hit up Old Westbury Gardens and took a journey along its haunted walking trail that showcases more than 5,000 hand-carved and illuminated Jack’O Lanterns! Each unique Jack O’Lantern is a work by a local artist or sculptor who spent anywhere from a few minutes to upwards of 20 hours on the designs.
The pumpkins are arranged according to theme along the trail, which range from larger-than-life safari animals (Tigers and Zebras are arranged out of Jack O’Lantern Patterns, it’s amazing) to celebrities!
There was a Taylor Swift, Royal Couple and even Hillary Clinton and Trump Pumpkins! Or as I like to call him, Trump-kin!
There was even a proposal pumpkin.
There is a spooky soundtrack that’s piped in throughout the walk for the perfect music. Perfect activity for your fall bucket list!
It’s a totally scare-free attraction so it’s great if you have kids or just a scaredy cat on your hand. I love this event, originally out in Los Angeles. Highly recommended! Will definitely do this as an annual tradition. I know they’re just going to keep upping their game!
Tickets are $26 for adults and $22 for kids. They sell out quickly so be sure to get them soon.
*I was a guest of RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns. But I sought them out as research for Halloween articles I write every year. I was not compensated in any way.
This looks so cool! Definitely am going to come check out if I can get tickets- October 19, 2015
Ummm wow, I can’t get over how amazing those carvings are!! Thanks for sharing this!- October 20, 2015
Love seeing people creating art like this. So much fun to look at. The Yoda one rocks!- October 20, 2015
Right!? So cool and original!- January 22, 2016
These are works of art! I can barely get two triangle yes neatly carved into my pumpkin. Where exactly is Old Westbury Gardens located?
I love Halloween too. Guess what I’m re-reading right now? Discovery of Witches! Made me think of you and Oxford.- October 20, 2015
OK now THOSE are some incredible pumpkins!! My boys would absolutely love this – how fun!- October 21, 2015
I’m in LA and have never heard of this event! What spectacular works of art! My daughter would love the TS jack o lantern! Must find out where this is in LA!!- October 21, 2015
Woah, those pumpkins are so neat! What a fun idea for Halloween. I’m not usually crazy about the holiday because I don’t like dressing up but I would definitely be up for checking out the Jack O’Lanterns!- October 21, 2015
Yeah it’s so fun! I promise 🙂- October 27, 2015
Adorable! I especially love the little Star War’s guy with the light saber- perfect for light shining through to light that up. Wish I lived in the area- this is a fabulous family friendly event!- October 22, 2015
Wow, I can’t believe these are all real pumpkins! And yes, I can imagine some of them took upwards of 20 hours to create. So impressive and such a fun event!- October 23, 2015
So much fun! I love the talent that some people have when it comes to pumpkin carving. We have fun trying to come up with new designs every year. I wonder if I could get something like this going in my neighborhood – that would be such a blast!- October 25, 2015
Oh my gosh I know! It’s so impressive!- October 27, 2015
I love Halloween! It’s one of the times of the year I really miss the US since Halloween isn’t celebrated in Italy. These pumpkins are awesome. I used to carve pumpkins and it takes a lot of talent to get the detail that they do.- October 26, 2015