Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

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Last Friday evening, we drove out to La Cañada Flintridge to see the Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns at Descanso Gardens. With 5,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns lit up on a 1/4 mile scenic trail, the sight was marvelous and such a delight for Halloween spirit. There were different themes along the trail, pumpkins carved accordingly. We admired the intricacies of each pumpkin art as we ambled on the dirt trail, listening to “spooky” Halloween music in the background.

At the beginning of the trail, we saw a couple of artists creating some pumpkin art.

At the beginning of the trail, we saw a couple of artists creating some pumpkin art.

Pumpkin Flowers

Pumpkin Flowers

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Pumpkin Aliens

Pumpkin Aliens

The Planets

The Planets

Jack O'Lanterns illuminating a tree

Jack O’Lanterns illuminating a tree

Pumpkin skeletons in a graveyard

Pumpkin skeletons in a graveyard

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

Pumpkin Dinosaurs

Pumpkin Dinosaurs

Pumpkin Tree

Pumpkin Tree

Pumpkin heads preserved in formaldehyde

Pumpkin heads preserved in formaldehyde

The Graveyard

The Graveyard

Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac

I’m happy to have had experienced this cool event, as this Halloween extravaganza is shown only in L.A. and New York. Never have we seen such amazing carvings. After perusing, Nick and I left with our favorite carvings in mind: Nick favored the carvings of Arnold Schwarzenegger from The Terminator and John Goodman from The Big Lebowski. I favored the dinosaurs and skeleton pumpkins in the graveyard. I think it’s hard not to leave the garden without a favorite or two given there were so many cool carvings. And because there were so many jack o’lanterns to observe, it was impossible to capture it all on camera; however, we managed to take quite a few pictures. On my next post, I’ll share more photos of pumpkin carving themes of celebrities and cartoons.

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4 thoughts on “Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns

  1. I never got to see that when we lived in LA! It’s a little bit like the jack o’ lantern show here in Westchester County (NY)–a part of that whole Sleepy Hollow thang we do in these parts. Looks like fun!!!

  2. I believe that could be the other Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns that’s held in NY. Ooh, I’d love to experience the whole Sleepy Hollow extravaganza. Bet it’s fun as well.

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