You Won’t Believe These Halloween Pumpkin Creations!

Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns offers a stunning display of professionally carved pumpkins.

carved skeleton pumpkins©Don Vandervort,

Skeletons made of carved pumpkins dance in the darkness.

Want to awaken a wealth of ideas for your family’s pumpkin carving this year? If you live in New York or California, don’t miss the Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns exhibit.

pumpkins make giraffe©Don Vandervort,

Sculptural giraffe is a stunning creation from carved pumpkins.

On display along an easy 1/3-mile walk are more than 5000 professionally hand-carved and beautifully illuminated pumpkins. The creativity is of this exhibit is exceptional.

pumpkin carver©Don Vandervort,

Pumpkin carver displays his artistic techniques.

Some Jack-o-lanterns stand alone on the ground or perch on various stands, but most are connected together in larger-than-life sculptural arrays that depict dinosaurs, Chinese dragons, classic cars, wild animals, and much, much more.

Tiger created from carved pumpkins©Don Vandervort,

Lifelike Tiger from Pumpkins

The resulting sculptures, combined with the excellence of artistic carving and painting, are off the hook.

This wonderful show runs from early October until November 1 in three Southern California locations: Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, and Safari Park in San Diego.

In Long Island, New York, you can find it at Old Westbury Gardens.

Carved Pumpkin Heads©Don Vandervort,

Carved Pumpkin Heads in Water




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Sesame Street pumpkin characters©Don Vandervort,

Sesame Street characters are carved and painted on a grouping of pumpkins.

Dinosaurs©Don Vandervort,

Dinosaurs from carved and painted pumpkins roam the landscape.

Chinese Dragon©Don Vandervort,

Incredible Chinese dragon winds through lanterns—all made from pumpkins.

Sea Creatures©Don Vandervort,

A brilliant display of sea creatures floats through the night.

A School of Fish©Don Vandervort,

In the dark of night, these carved pumpkins become a school of fish.

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