Horseman’s Hollow scarecrows.

We went on our annual visit to Sleepy Hollow last night. We attended both Horseman’s Hollow, the haunted house at Philipsburg Manor, and Blaze, a display of over 5,000 carved, lit pumpkins at Van Cortlandt Manor.

Horseman’s Hollow combines the usual haunted-house scares with a really cool Colonial aesthetic. They have a graveyard with a demonic statue that comes to life, a corn maze, a witches’ bonfire, and even a Haxan-style set with the devil himself. However, the haunt this year was unfortunately shorter and less detailed than it was last year.

Horseman’s Hollow graveyard.

Blaze, on the other hand, was more substantial than ever. There were lots of new displays, including this amazing grandfather clock made of pumpkins carved like skulls, and even a swinging jack-o-lantern pendulum!

Blaze clock.

I’ve never seen so many pumpkins in one place! There was a pumpkin spider web, a pack of pumpkin dinosaurs, pumpkin zombies, pumpkin bats, a pumpkin tunnel, etc.

One thing you might be wondering is whether they are all real pumpkins. The answer is no; most of them are those foam craft pumpkins that can be used year after year. For me this didn’t detract from the experience because they were all hand-carved, and the craftsmanship was quite impressive. And there were still plenty of fresh, actual pumpkins included in the display as well.

Here are some more pictures I took at Blaze with my cell phone camera…

Blaze, with Van Cortlandt Manor lit up in the background.
Blaze’s graveyard made of carved pumpkins.
Blaze chandeliers in the snack tent.
Blaze ghost dancing around a bonfire made of pumpkins.

I definitely recommend a trip to Sleepy Hollow if you find yourself in New York this month. It’s a beautiful town that thrives on Halloween, with lots of historical sites too (including Washington Irving’s home, Sunnyside, and his grave).

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