Spooktacular! (Travel Theme: Spooky)

Beautiful Glensheen mansion in Duluth, Minnesota hosted its second annual “Jack O’Lantern Spooktacular” last weekend.  The evenings were classic bone-chilling, northern Minnesota fall weather, but they were clear with an almost-full moon for some of the nights of the event, which added to the spooky fun ambience!

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

As you enter the grounds, one of the majestic old trees is lit from below, appearing to stretch its branch fingers to the moon.

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

You are guided by lit pumpkins into the old carriage house, which would be the starting point of your tour if you ever have the chance to take a detailed look at this magnificent property on the shores of Lake Superior.  As you exit the carriage house, you walk along the winding path, and can see Duluth’s aerial lift bridge on Canal Park in the distance.

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

Walking toward the house, a magical sight meets you as you turn to look at Glensheen’s gardens and fountain (or at least turn to look at where they would be found in daylight).  My camera was inadequate in capturing the awesome vision!

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

The self-guided pumpkin-lit path leads you briefly through the house, where you have the opportunity to vote on your favorite carved pumpkin.  Then, you walk through the kitchen, where a devilish young woman is pounding pumpkins, and the other pumpkins await their fate — notice the worried and fright-filled expressions of the pumpkin gallery!

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

During the evening’s festivities, you have three opportunities to watch a fire performer (Dave Carlson of Malleable Reality, according to the Spooktacular Facebook page).  You can enjoy a s’more and warm your hands next to the fire pits.

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

Glensheen's Spooktacular 2012

You still have time to participate in Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme at Where’s My Backpack?  This week’s theme is “Spooky” which may be interpreted in a variety of ways — click here for more ideas on how to respond to the theme, and to see others’ responses in the comments and pingbacks.

Happy Halloween to all!

Ciao! ~ Kat

19 thoughts on “Spooktacular! (Travel Theme: Spooky)

      1. I’m in the midst of preparing to do an antique fair…I’m a dealer…so I’ve not been able to decorate for Halloween as I would otherwise have done.

        After the fair’s done, I’ll be decorating for Christmas. Takes me awhile, so I start early.

        My daughter will visit for Thanksgiving, so the house will be festive for her return. 🙂

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      2. Decorating at Christmas time is one of the only times I take out the decoration boxes anymore (I get tired of being the only one interested in putting decorations away again the rest of the seasons!)

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      3. My husband would help, but I like to organize things so I know what’s where the following Christmas. Actually, he does do the village since that’s he puts it up.

        Good luck decorating this year. 🙂

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  1. Love the tour guided by pumpkins. Wonderful photo of the tree with the pumpkin smiling at the bottom. That was my favorite…but I enjoyed each of them. Thank you for sharing and taking us with you 🙂

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  2. What a super place! My daughter would absolutely love it there. We are a bit half-hearted about Halloween here and it tends to get amalgamated into Guy Fawkes’.

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  4. Reblogged this on Travel. Garden. Eat. and commented:

    It is that time of year again — Duluth’s Glensheen Estate is gearing up for the 3rd Annual Jack O’Lantern Spooktacular! Sharing my post from last year’s event — definitely worth a visit if you have a chance between Thursday, October 24 and Sunday October 27. from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (grounds close at 9:00 p.m.).

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