After years of failing to get up to The Great Jackolantern Blaze in Hudson Valley, I FINALLY MADE IT!! Every year that I would try and buy tickets, it was already sold out! So this time I made a calendar alert for when tickets would go on sale. Initially I was planning on going with a friend so I bought two tickets in advance, but all my friends were busy and/or out of town this weekend. So it was time for a SOLO ADVENTURE!
Metro North from Grand Central/Harlem 125/Marble Hill to the Croton Harmon stop. I took the 1 train to 225th and walked across the street to the Marble Hill station. Roundtrip ticket was only $11 and the ride was about 45-60min.
J & S Taxi service has cars lined up/parked outside of the Croton Harmon station and they all have J & S Taxi signs in their front window. I just walked up to a car and asked if they could take me to the Pumpkin Blaze and I hopped in! Each way was $6 and it’s about a 5 min drive. You technically could walk there but it is along a highway with no sidewalks so…yeah, maybe don’t do that.
*Bonus Tip: Don’t get there too early… I was there an hour early in hopes of walking around the food tents etc. but they don’t let people in until 6:30pm so I had to hang out in the ShopRite next door (lol). Bought my favorite mascara, though! $5 CHEAPER THAN IT WOULD BE IN NYC! (Maybeline Black Drama Falsies in case you were wondering)
**Extra Tip: There are port o pottys on site (pack some hand sanitizer!) and free wifi that is super fast!
The Main Event
The October spirit was in the air with lovely little hay bales everywhere, strings of lights, and tents of crafts, food, and beer! I treated myself to a $7 Clearwater German pale ale which also helped to keep me warm.. it is officially chilly out now!
The experience, as a whole, was pretty quick! They started processing tickets at 6:45pm and I was out of there by 7:30pm. Definitely a lot quicker than I thought it would be, but that could also be because I was alone and just making my way through it at a good pace. It really was a magical little pumpkin extravaganza of lights, music, and spookiness.
I started making my way through as the sun was just setting, which I highly recommend! Hearing all the little kids ooh and ahh over the displays was so cute and the parents seemed to be just as excited.
Breakdown of Expenses:
Metro North round trip ticket $11
Cab round trip $12
Blaze Ticket $25
Total Cost: $55
HAPPY OCTOBER!! What fall adventures do you have planned?