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the halloween spirit

More than 5,000 jack o'lanterns light up this pumpkin extravaganza

Over the past decade, New York's Croton-on-Hudson has played host to an annual fall spectacle at the Van Cortlandt Manor.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze is a dazzling display of 5,000 pumpkins carved by about a dozen people. The event draws 4,000 visitors a night, with some coming from across the country. Organizers say they are inspired by equal parts Halloween and history. "I think it's a total unique holiday experience," Rob Schweiter, director of marketing and public relations for Historic Hudson Valley, told CBS New York. "It's not scary. It's not people jumping out at you." --Catherine Garcia

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