HALLOWEEN EDITION WITH GIVEAWAY OF BIG CHOCOLATELY GOODNESS!
I know I’m starting to sound like a scaredy cat. I assure you it’s mostly just a fear of heights. And spiders. And 200 TV channels all airing reality shows at the same time.
Given my delicate nature, Halloween tends to not be my favorite holiday. But Jack O’Lantern festivals are just my cup of tea. They’re more about fun and artistry, and less about fright and gore.
There are two events this year vying for the world record for the most Jack O’Lanterns lit at one event.
The Keene Pumpkin Festival in NH is the largest and oldest. The world record for the number of Jack O’Lanterns lit at one event was broken here eight times, until a 2006 event in Boston topped it. Still, last year’s 29,762 pumpkins was a record for this festival, and the world record may be broken again this year! The 20th anniversary of the Keene Pumpkin Festival takes place on Main Street in Keene this Saturday, October 16.
In this corner, the challenger! The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival in IL, is preparing to take its own shot at the world record this year. The whole community participates, creating and donating their own carved creations. They anticipate lighting 32,000 Jack O’Lanterns to take the title! This event takes place October 20-23 in Highwood, IL.
Full disclosure: we have not been to either of these events. But we have been to The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze in Croton-on-Hudson, NY for five years in a row. There are over 4,000 Jack O’ lanterns on display here; nothing to sneeze at! And since this event is my personal, “hometown” favorite, I’m going to give them a plug. The level of artistry and creativity at the Blaze is notably above par. The Jack O’Lanterns cover the grounds of a 17th-century historic site; hanging from tree limbs, perched on rooftops, and incorporated in themed vignettes. You’ll see an undersea aquarium, a field of detailed Celtic knots, a den of dinos, a beehive, pirate ship, and a group of mummies with a pyramid. Amazing.
If you would like more information about these and other Jack O’Lantern festivals, I recently wrote this article for WomansDay.com about ten different events across the country.
Speaking of Jack O’Lanterns, we decorated for Halloween this weekend. “We” meaning The Girl set up everything every-which-way, then I moved it all after she went to bed. I love Halloween décor, and recently found this cute Jack O’Lantern scent warmer. Could see that in my house!
And now, for the fun part: WIN CHOCOLATE! It wouldn’t be Halloween without it!
Who doesn’t like Butterfinger bars? The 87-year-old classic candy brand has introduced a new product this year, Butterfinger Snackerz. This treat has a smooth candy center wrapped in an airy wafer biscuit drenched in chocolatey goodness and topped with a drizzle of peanut butter.
In the name of “research,” I had to give these a try. In the name of “accuracy,” I needed to repeat the research several times. (Chocoholic on Board). I love these, because you get a lighter, crispier bite of what makes the original Butterfinger so good.
One lucky winner will receive four bags of “fun size” product (16 pouches inside) OR 2 boxes of full size pouches (24 pouches inside), based on availability. Theoretically, this prize is enough to pass out at Halloween. What happens to it once it arrives at your house is your business.
Want to enter? Sign up to receive our e-mail notifications (see upper right hand corner). A winner will be chosen randomly from the names of new e-mail subscribers to this site. Winner will be notified next Monday (10/18), and will be asked to provide a mailing address. The prize will be mailed directly to them from the company, so the winner must reside in the U.S.
Thanks to BUTTERFINGER® Nestlé USA for donating the product for this giveaway.