Summer may be over, but fall gives way to some of the best weather, scenic foliage, and not to mention holidays! October is just around the corner, and harvest season is upon us...pumpkin picking, corn mazes, candy apples, it’s all about to commence. Long Island is home to some of the best nurseries and farms hosting a slew of fall flavored events, from scare-crow making classes, to haunted corn mazes, and even little pop-up petting zoos and hay rides.
One of the newer Halloween-inspired traditions for fall takes place at Old Westbury Gardens through the month of October. Their 'Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns' display has been wowing visitors for the past few years, and is proud to present its annual showing this year. The Rise's trail is best enjoyed in the evening to see the outstanding carve work that the artists have done glowing in the dark, so, the event is held with sessions from 6:30-9:30pm, and the trail remains open until 11pm. The trail itself takes about 45 minutes to an hour to get through.
There will be thousands of hand-carved masterpieces created on pumpkins and foam. In years past there have been carvings of well-known pop-culture and world figures, Disney characters (Frozen fans rejoice!), NY themed artistry of infamous NY landmarks, as well as the standard skeletal faces and goblins and ghouls. While the theme revolves around Halloween, there is nothing spooky about this event, and this amazing display is for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Old Westbury Gardens has also been sure to make this event wheelchair accessible as well.
The Rise is open for the month of October, and tickets are available in 'sessions'. The first 2 weeks of October The Rise is open Friday-Sunday, while the remaining weeks it is open from Thursday – Sunday. Get your tickets here.
Photo: Flickr | William Warby