A legend arose in Ireland years ago of a ne’er-do-well named Stingy Jack. He was a manipulative, corrupt human being, who, when confronted by Satan, managed to capture the Devil, ensnared as a silver coin in his pocket for ten years. After Jack eventually passed away, he was denied access to heaven, owing to all his misdeeds. Hell did not take him either, as he had tricked Satan. Instead, he was cursed to wander the Earth, caught in a plane of existence between the worlds of good and evil, his path illuminated by a hollowed out rutabaga that contained a single ember. His myth became known as Jack of the Lantern… from which we now have our tradition of the Jack-O’-Lantern, (via Wikipedia).
For eight years, Wagner Farm Arboretum in Warren, New Jersey, has hosted Brite Nites, a special event where the gardens of the farm are filled with elaborate carved pumpkins for visitors to admire. In addition, the barn holds a haunted house, there are food trucks on site, or you can just pick up a cup of hot coca or apple cider to warm yourself as you stroll through the farm on a cool autumn evening. My wife spotted ads for this event online, so on a cold Friday evening in mid-October, we set off to explore this spooky jack-o’-lantern spectacular, and get ourselves in the mood for Halloween!
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If you’re looking for a stroll through the most elaborate pumpkin patch you’ve ever seen, Brite Nites at Wagner Farm Arboretum runs every weekend evening from October 11 through October 27 of this year. Entries are timed every 45 minutes between 6:45 and 8:15 pm, and it is highly recommend to purchase your tickets in advance (we purchased ours online and saved them to my phone, which greatly simplified our experience entering the event). On the other hand, if you’re in the mood for some delicious, decadent desserts, Ray’s Boozy Cupcakes is open Tuesday through Friday from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Thanks for coming along for this spooky journey down the open road ahead!