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The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns in Los Angeles and New York

Updated on October 27, 2014

The Wizard of Oz Jack O'Lanterns


Faces You Will Recognize

Located in the bucolic Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, about 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, is a one-of-a-kind display of thousands of Jack O'Lanterns in various shapes and sizes.

Each section is a different venue from Hollywood movie stars, favorite sports stars, famous TV stars, that include the entire cast from The Big Bang Theory show, a giant graveyard and a pre-historic arrangement of life-sized dinosaurs. All are carved and sculpted on pumpkins.

The spookiest are carved heads in boxes filled with liquid.

Young and Old Enjoy The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns


Real or Funkins?

How could they use over 5,000 pumpkins? Walking on a pathway, it looks like they have used real pumpkins, however if you look closer, especially near the pumpkin tree you will notice that the talented artists and carvers also used carvable foam pumpkins, called Funkins, because they last longer. When the real pumpkins begin to spoil, they give off an offensive odor, so the staff needs to re-carve new pumpkins at least once a week.

Real or not, this event is spectacular!

The stunning Prehistoric Arena


When and Where to See the Jack O'Lanterns

In Los Angeles at the Descanso Gardens tickets are available for the following dates: Oct. 3-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29- Nov. 2.

In New York at the Old Westbury Gardens tickets are available for the following dates: Oct. 16-19, 22-26, 29- Nov. 2.

Ticket Prices vary by date and time. Expect to pay around for Adult (13-64): $16 - $28, Child (3 - 12): $14 - $22, Children 2 and Under are free.

In Los Angeles - Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

In New York - Old Westbury Gardens is located at 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11590.

Parking is FREE.

Advanced tickets are required online. Go to

Professional Carvers allow Guests to See Them at Work


Art Show with Lights

The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns is not really scary, it is more of an lit art display of faces you will recognize. There is some eerie music playing out of nearby speakers, however it's all a fun time that gets guests in the Fall, autumn and Halloween mood.

It's a Little Spooky and a Lot of Fun


Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns Facts

Free for Guests
weekdays 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Available inside
1418 Descanso Drive
Friday and Sat. 6 to 10:30 p.m.
Festive food
La Cañada Flintridge
Last day is Nov. 2
Beer and Wine

Eat, See and Be Amazed


The Flickering Lantern Beer Garden

Before or after the quarter-mile scenic trail stop by the Flickering Lantern Beer Garden for holiday-inspired treats such as hot dogs, smoked turkey legs, warm pretzels, warm spiced cider, and caramel and candy apples. Seasonal beer and wine selections are also available too for guests 21 and over.

Ellen Degeneres


10 Jack O'Lanterns Faces to Find

1. Shirley Temple

2. Neil Armstrong

3. The cast from The Big Bang Theory

4. Bella Lugosi

5. Michael Jackson

6. The cast from The Wizard of Oz

7. Pac Man

8. Ellen Degeneres

9. Walt Disney with Micky Mouse

10. Usher

Old Westbury Gardens

A marker71 Old Westbury Road Old Westbury, NY 11590 -
71 Old Westbury Road, Westbury, NY 11590, USA
get directions


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      Tetsurou 3 years ago

      beautiful little girls you have! and i love how the nweset one is giving a little smile like she knows all the fun her sisters and her will have one day!