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Halloween comes to New York with the exhibition “The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze” (PHOTOS)

Halloween, the eve of All Saints’ Day, is celebrated in the United States on the night of October 31.


Croton on Hudson (EEUU), 23 oct (EFE News).- Halloween, the eve of All Saints’ Day, is celebrated in the United States on the night of October 31, but since the arrival of autumn the reign of the pumpkin has been imposed in New York and the rest of the country, in the middle of a festive, orange and almost Christmas atmosphere.

In cakes, donuts, infusions, even in beers, the pumpkin (also known as squash, pipián or ahuyama) floods absolutely everything.

Shop windows, bars, restaurants and house facades are adorned with all possible types and sizes of this garden berry along with an infinity of ghostly figures, skeletons, spider webs and monsters of hell in an environment in the one that pumpkin orange is the color that shines the most. Halloween stuff.

Halloween llegó a Nueva York. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)


The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze“(The great glow of Jack’s lantern, in Spanish) refers to the traditional pumpkin with eyes, mouth and nose carved into its shell and a candle inside, which is the main culprit that these dates are dyed orange.

And it is also the name of a “amazing exhibit featuring over 7,000 hand carved Jack lanterns”Says Schwitzer, before explaining:“ This is the seventeenth year that we have held this event that we started in 2005, and each year it is bigger ”.

1,500 natural gourds carved with different motifs adorn the path. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP via Getty Images)

Throughout a half-hour walk between lights, music and shadows, 1,500 natural pumpkins carved with different motifs adorn the path, along with constructions and works made with this fruit from the garden and 5,500 artificial pumpkins, which allow to mold this vegetable until creating forms that break with the proportions of mother nature.

Here you can find skins carved with the traditional faces, fish, motifs of Celtic origin or tulips, even pumpkins that shape a Dutch mill, the Statue of Liberty or the balloon dog of the artist Jeff Koons, and even pieces that imitate works of art such as a self-portrait by Frida Kahlo, “The Scream” by Edvard Munch or the painting “Nightawks” by Edward Hopper.

Lighting with hundreds of pumpkins. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP via Getty Images)

But the places where visitors are most entertained are undoubtedly “the Planetarium”, a vaulted tunnel in which the illumination of hundreds of pumpkins decorated with stars changes color in unison and, of course, in the areas dedicated to the legend of Sleepy Hollow, the headless horseman immortalized by Washington Irving, a writer who lived and died in this American region.

This incredible place is in the great region of Sleepy Hollow, so Halloween is lived as a great occasion in this area“, Points out Schweitzer, who states that the natural lanterns are constantly changed as they deteriorate.

Pets are also present on Halloween. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP via Getty Images)


About 3,000 people flock each afternoon at sunset to this outdoor exhibit set up on the grounds of a former manor house in the town of Croton on Hudson and which will remain open until late fall.

Schweitzer says that they have reduced the number of visitors per day by 2,000, due to the pandemic, and that all tickets, which are sold at $ 48, are sold out until November.

Its success led the Historical Society to mount a similar exhibition in Long Island County, east of the Big Apple.

The origin of the Halloween pumpkin can be traced back to an Irish legend. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP via Getty Images)

“We loved it, it’s wonderful, we’ve seen a lot of pieces that you can’t believe are made with pumpkins,” says Nisa Varia, a New Yorker of Pakistani origin, who has come with her husband and two sons.

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The origin of the Halloween pumpkin can be traced back to an Irish legend about the story of stingy Jack., who, disowned by heaven for his drunken and swindling character and by hell, after forcing the same demon not to claim his soul, sought salvation in the darkness of night with the light of a lamp that he made with a large turnip , that emptied inside.

“But, in America, we grow pumpkins very well, and pumpkins became part of that tradition, because we had a lot of Irish immigrants who came to this country and Jack’s lantern was adopted, but not so much a turnip, but a pumpkin. “, Explains to Efe the vice president of the Historical Society of” The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze “alle de Hudson, Rob Schweitzer.

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