RISE // Fall Bucket List


When I discovered there would be an epic display of Jack-o-lanterns near us with 5,000 Jack-o-lanterns it was impossible to pass up on the opportunity to see such a sight.

After the less than thrilling pumpkin patch experience I was a little concerned how this event would shake out, considering it didn't start until after normal bed-time for a certain 2-year old. Lucky for me, the Jack-o-lanterns did not disappoint. I had one very captivated little boy on my hands. Not to mention, Scott and I were pretty impressed as well.

Because there were literally 5,000 Jack-o-lanterns, I'll let the pictures do most of the describing…
The event lasts all month long, and nothing is done to preserve the pumpkins. So, the rotted pumpkins have to be replaced with fresh ones each week!
While most of the pumpkins are real, some of the carvings are done with Funkins. However, all Jack-o-lanterns are hand carved.
Some pumpkins take a few minutes to carve while others can take up to 20 hours!
Many of the jack-o-lanterns were what you would typically find on any front porch this time of year.
Marcus thought the colored lights in the pumpkins were just about the coolest things ever.
However, many of the displays were done by true artists.
Blooming flowers.
Extraterrestrial life and the planets.
This tree almost looked like a Christmas tree with the garland of pumpkins.
An homage to horror movies.
Some of the most famous movies and characters to ever grace the big screen.
A stroll down Hollywood Boulevard.
Of the thousands of pumpkins carved can you guess which one was Marcus' favorite? I'll give a hint, it's the one with the mouse.
My personal favorite.
There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like home.
A little dino action.
Day of the Dead.
What's your Chinese zodiac? Apparently I'm a Pig.
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Obligatory family photo.
Oh my gosh, I'm still pining over these pictures, and my pictures didn't even capture a FRACTION of all that was carved into those pumpkins. There was an entire display of video game characters, a whole row of In Memoriam carvings from Hollywood actors who have passed away this year, a Humpty Dumpy display, and a few thousand others that I just couldn't get - because I was too busy trying to pick my jaw up off the floor, all the while take pictures, and keep up with Scott, Marcus, and our friend Barb who joined in the fun.

P.S. Did I mention this event also sells wine? We are so totally doing this again next year.

One more item checked off our Fall Bucket List.

What's been keeping your fall festive? Link up below with Stephanie, Elizabeth, and me, and let us know what bucket list items have been keeping you busy.
DesirĂ©e // Macke Monologues    Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me    Elizabeth // Chasin' Mason


  1. Holy cow! Those pumpkins are AMAZING! What a stinking awesome event. I have never even heard of such a thing, wow. Very, very cool.

  2. Oh my gosh!!!!! THIS is the event that you were talking about!!! WOW. I can't even make the font big enough to express the amazement that must have been. Those pumpkins look AMAZING. The detail... wow, just WOW!
    We are so going next year!!! Maybe we can tag along with you guys :)

  3. Wow so fun! The dinosaurs are amazing.

  4. What an awesome event! Wine, too!! I love the details of all the pumpkins!

  5. Wow, that's awesome! I wish I knew of something like this near me!

  6. Glad you had so many pictures because I wanted to see a lot of those crazy pumpkins! I can't imagine the time that went into them and the detail is amazeballs.

  7. I saw this last week in a link up post and thought it was THE coolest thing!! And, you sold me with the wine! My faves are the dinos. i think I'll be using that pic of the regular pumpkins for my inspiration this year! I hate the kit choices. Did they have glow sticks for the colour, did it say? THat is pretty neat the different colours.
    Thanks for linking up again this week!! Happy 10 Days until Halloween =)

  8. Wow! That is impressive! That is something that would be on my Fall Bucket list if I lived in LA.

  9. my word -- creative just doesn't come close, this looks like an absolute blast!!

  10. Wow, you find such awesome things around you!! This stuff is right up my alley!! Those dinosaurs are my favorite. So cool how they put them together. The pictures are awesome but in person would be amazing!!

  11. so cool! I'd love to see something like that.

    love your family photo.