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Due to Popular Demand, Curran Announces Extension of The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

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Due to overwhelming popular demand, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Historic Hudson Valley are announcing an extension of the sold-out Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Originally scheduled to close on Sunday, Nov. 1, the Halloween inspired experience will now continue on Wednesday, Nov. 4, through Sunday, Nov. 8. Admission is by advance timed tickets only, and tickets are on sale at pumpkinblaze.org.

“We’re thrilled to extend this extraordinary experience and provide a safe and spooky way to celebrate the Halloween season right here in Nassau County,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “The outpouring of interest and success of Blaze really is incredible and a testament to the hard work of my team and Historic Hudson Valley. And the robust demand helps ensure this spectacular event will return to the County’s Old Bethpage Village Restoration for years to come.”

“We are overwhelmed with the community’s response to Blaze at Old Bethpage Village Restoration,” said Rob Schweitzer, Vice President of Communications & Commerce for Historic Hudson Valley, the non-profit education organization that creates and produces the Blaze. “The support we are seeing from families looking for fun, safe, educational, outdoor things to do is really gratifying, and there’s no better partner than Parks Commissioner Eileen Krieb, County Executive Laura Curran, and the hardworking OBVR staff.”

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is a walk-through experience featuring more than 7,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns, lit up throughout the iconic landscape of Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a Nassau County historic site off Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage. A small team of artists hand-carves more than 7,000 jacks and elaborate pumpkin sculptures, including huge displays like a replica of the Montauk Lighthouse and a giant sea serpent.

In addition to its debut on Long Island, the Blaze is continuing in its 16th year at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, a National Historic Landmark owned and operated by Historic Hudson Valley. To meet demand, the organization is adding extra dates there as well.

Blaze takes place entirely outdoors, is touch-free, uses timed admission, and features a one-way walkthrough path with no places to congregate. Capacity is reduced by 67%, allowing visitors to enjoy their time as safely and socially distanced as possible. All staff and visitors must wear a mask when on site. All visitors are required to agree to Historic Hudson Valley’s COVID Courtesy Code, which includes wearing a mask and maintaining at least 6 feet of social distancing.

Proceeds support the programs of Historic Hudson Valley and Old Bethpage Village Restoration.


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