The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze of Stunning Pumpkin Arrangements
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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze of Stunning Pumpkin Arrangements

Once a year, Pumpkin carvers come together in New York  for the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, an event that extends up to 25 nights before Halloween, featuring some 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins arranged into dinosaurs, sea monsters, zombies, and other spooky sculptural forms.

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Although only associated with Halloween as we know it today since the late 1800s, the tradition of gourd carving dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries in rural Ireland and England. People created jack o’lanterns for the old holidays of Samhain and All Souls’ Night when spirits were thought to be the most active. Grotesque faces carved into the objects were meant to frighten away any ghouls seeking to do harm.

 

SEE ALSO: Amazing Halloween Carvings by The Pumpkin Geek

[Photos above courtesy Joshua Bouseland Bryan Haeffele]

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