The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze
Where: Croton-on-Hudson, NY
When: Through November 11
Visitors to Van Cortlandt Manor enjoy a dramatic display of 5,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. The historic site's sloping brick paths and gardens are transformed into a Halloween haven, complete with a Tunnel O’ Pumpkin Love, ghosts, animals, and dinosaurs—all made of fiery carved gourds. For details, visit Historic Hudson Valley.
Keene Pumpkin Festival
Where: Keene, NH
When: October 19
Head to downtown Keene for a celebration of all things autumn, including a road race, live music, and pumpkin bowling. The Food Court has it all, from pulled-pork sandwiches to fried pickles to pumpkin ale. And don't miss Central Square's enormous tower of jack-o’-lanterns carved by festivalgoers and locals. Visit Pumpkin Festival 2013 for more.
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Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival
Where: Half Moon Bay, CA
When: October 19 – 20
Half Moon Bay welcomes fall with heavyweight pumpkins, live music on three stages, a parade, haunted house, crafts, food vendors, pie-eating and costume contests, microbrews, pumpkin-infused ales, and margaritas. For more information, head over to 43rd Annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.
Circleville Pumpkin Show
Where: Circleville, OH
When: October 16 – 19
Since 1903, the Circleville Pumpkin Show has boasted a full schedule of entertainment, including a float parade, marching bands, rides, wood carving, and a hog-calling competition. Dig into pumpkin-inspired waffles, chili, cream puffs, and taffy—but save room for the world’s largest pumpkin pie, from Lindsey's Bakery, a local landmark. Visit Circleville Pumpkin Show for more.
Statesville Pumpkin Festival
Where: Statesville, NC
When: November 2
A mere 40 miles north of Charlotte, this celebration of squash features rides, pumpkin bowling, a pie-eating contest, and even pumpkin smashing. The festival is home to more than 60 art and craft exhibitors, food booths, three entertainment stages, and a Classic Car Cruise-In. For more information, check out Statesville Pumpkin Fest.
The Great Pumpkin Festival
Where: Phoenix, AZ
When: October 17 – 20
Sponsored by the Desert Botanical Garden, this event brings old-fashioned fall festivities to kids growing up in the desert. Catch a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, experience animals close-up at the petting zoo, wander the hay bale maze, and enjoy live country-western music. For admission information, check out The Great Pumpkin Festival.
Ukiah Country PumpkinFest
Where: Ukiah, CA
When: October 19 – 20
The streets of Downtown Ukiah fill with food, beer, and wine vendors, craft and art exhibits, and "Scarecrow City" during this two-day event. Enjoy live music, a haunted house, pet costumes, and a children's carnival. Join the parade, enter the baking contest, or show off your colossal squash in the giant pumpkin weigh-off! For details, visit Ukiah Country PumpkinFest.
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