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Thomas Olton, Art Director of Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns, carves a pumpkin at Old Westbury Gardens. Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns is a new Halloween spectacle with 5,000 hand-carved pumpkins that will be at Old Westbury Gardens weekends in October. (Sept. 26, 2012)(Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan)

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The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns

Unlike the scary thrills jumping out at area Halloween haunted houses, this display of 5,000 hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns emphasizes real fancy gourds over fake gore and artistry over animatronics. These pumpkin heads are being created as a multihour team effort by dozens of artists, including sculptors and pen-and-ink experts from the New York metro area.