Today we headed out to see Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns. The Rise advertises over 5,000 hand carved and illuminated pumpkins for your ogling pleasure. The event is held here in LA as well as a few east coast locations. I wanted to go because I figured it was a toddler safe alternative to the various haunted attractions taking place this time of year.
I know that this event was previously held outdoors, but this year it was held at the LA Convention Center. The plus side here is that we could go during the day, but the downside is that it took place indoors and that just isn't the same as walking a trail on a nice October night.
But the event is really about the pumpkins, so enough of my babbling.
The convention hall was lined with large multi-pumpkin sculptures that ranged from classic cars, to sports, dinosaurs, and various Disney properties. We started here and, I have to say that some of these were really creative:
The dragon was probably the most intricate of all the pumpkins on display and its sheer size was really impressive. While most of the stuff on display belonged to various movies and tv shows, there were some original pieces like the dragon and dinosaurs that were probably the most artistic. It makes sense, if someone is talented enough to make something like this, they probably do their best work when they get to come up with something original.
But they didn't just do what was on trend, at least half of the character pumpkins were devoted to the icons of horror and Halloween:
I wonder who came up with this one
Another cult favorite
All in all, it was a fun afternoon and I'd definitely attend again if they find a better place to host it.
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