5,000 Carved Pumpkins Twinkle at Rise of the Jack-o’-Lanterns

By Christine Erickson


The Great Pumpkin can’t hold a (tea-light) candle to these Jack-o’-Lanterns.

The RISE of the Jack-o’-Lanterns in Westbury, New York puts on a stunning display of more than 5,000 professionally carved pumpkins. And that doesn’t even include the replacements carved each week — since, you know, pumpkins tend to rot.

The intricate pieces of gourd art feature everything from dinosaurs to mythological beasts, to portraits of departed celebrities. Some take a few minutes to carve, while others require a small team of carvers working on one pumpkin for as long as 20 hours …

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