SECAUCUS, NJ - The rain poured down on Thursday night, but that didn't stop Halloween lovers from traveling to the Meadowlands Expo Center to see the debut of RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns in New Jersey.

RISE provides a unique, memorable family-friendly experience with over 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic walking path, set to a musical score. There is truly something for everyone: sports fans, horror movie buffs, Star Wars, Disney -- you name it.  

In addition to the individual Jack o'lanterns, RISE also features multi-pumpkin artistic structures including life-sized dinosaurs and dragons, princesses and storm troopers. They are truly larger than life.  

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Visitors can also take a peek behind the scenes and stop by multiple live carving stations to watch RISE's talented artists create the different displays seen in the show.

RISE will be a the Expo Center Friday Oct. 28 to Sunday Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are REQUIRED, with no tickets sold at the door. Ticket information can be found at 

All photos by Jeanne Moreno.