Last year I discovered that Old Westbury Gardens by me hosts a hand-carved pumpkin art show called Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns. More than 5,000 pumpkins are illuminated and on display on a walking trail for a few weekends leading up to Halloween. When I learned about the event last year all of the tickets were sold out, but this year I made sure to buy my tickets very early in advance. This past weekend I went and it was such a great event to attend. The amount of time and creativity that goes into carving these pumpkins is absolutely amazing and I was in awe of the amount of detail in each pumpkin.
The pumpkins were basically grouped by themes, like TV shows, movies, art, sports, a Tim Burton tribute and my personal favorite section, the New York skyline. If you live on or near Long Island this is definitely something to check out. The only thing I wish they would do is not allow flash photography. It was so hard to get pictures without everyone else’s flash not ruining the picture. There were so many times I was all ready to take a picture and would have someone’s incredibly bright flash ruin my shot. The place is extremely crowded so you definitely need patience as well, but it is spaced out enough and with pumpkins on both sides of the trail it makes it easier to wait out the huge crowds that draw around the big pumpkin draws like The Big Bang Theory cast. I’m already looking forward to going next Halloween.