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

carved skeleton pumpkins
Skeletons made of carved pumpkins dance in the darkness. ©Don Vandervort, HomeTips.com

Want to awaken a wealth of ideas for your family’s pumpkin carving this year? If you live near Long Island, Los Angeles, Boston, or Secaucus, don’t miss the Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns exhibit.

pumpkins make giraffe
Sculptural giraffe is a stunning creation from carved pumpkins. ©Don Vandervort, HomeTips.com

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
Pumpkin carver displays his artistic techniques. ©Don Vandervort, HomeTips.com

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
Lifelike Tiger from Pumpkins ©Don Vandervort, HomeTips.com

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 at Old Westbury Gardens in New York, the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Fairplex in Pomona, Seaport in Boston, and Meadowlands in New Jersey. For more information, visit www.therise.org.

Be sure to scroll all the way down the page, there are a ton of great ideas here!

Carved Pumpkin Heads
Carved Pumpkin Heads in Water ©Don Vandervort, HomeTips.com


Sesame Street pumpkin characters
Sesame Street characters are carved and painted on a grouping of pumpkins. ©Don Vandervort, HomeTips.com
Dinosaurs from carved and painted pumpkins roam the landscape. ©Don Vandervort, HomeTips.com
Chinese Dragon
Incredible Chinese dragon winds through lanterns—all made from pumpkins. ©Don Vandervort, HomeTips.com
Sea Creatures
A brilliant display of sea creatures floats through the night. ©Don Vandervort, HomeTips.com
A School of Fish
In the dark of night, these carved pumpkins become a school of fish. ©Don Vandervort, HomeTips.com

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About Don Vandervort
Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years as a remodeler and builder, Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996. Read more about Don Vandervort