The Cilley Hill Pumpkin Glow

The pumpkin glow, (a.k.a The Cilley Hill Pumpkin glow) will take place October 30th & the 31st on Cilley Hill Road.  On these two nights, nearly 400-600 carved pumpkins are lit by Jericho residents Ann and Richard Squires.

Night falls at Cilley Hill as the sky darkens and the pumpkins come to life!

Night falls at Cilley Hill

They grow around 400 to 600 pumpkins each year for the annual pumpkin glow, which takes place after sundown on Cabbage Night and Halloween. You can view more pictures of my different pumpkin festival pictures on my art gallery.

Pumpkins lined up across the landscape for the Cilley Hill pumpkin festival

reflections on the stream

I was working for Yankee Magazine the first time I found out about this small town Vermont tradition. They have been doing it for over 20 years. Kids have grown up visiting this event and are starting to bring their kids.

I parked nearby and told them who I was and they just invited me in like a long lost member of the family. At first, you might say, it was because I was working for Yankee, but they have nothing to gain since they make no money from this. They put it on for their kids and their neighbor’s kids and I was one more “big” kid.

It was a cold October 30th afternoon when I was there and as the sun went down the temps plummeted. Soon they had a big bonfire going away from the road. I was thinking about heading to my car to warm up when they invited me to warm up by the fire and offered me a hotdog and homemade baked beans. I was ready to move to Jericho after all this small town charm. I went out into the cold and caught different neighbor lighting the candles and on the property, they have a gorge and the pumpkins sit on rocks reflecting their orange glow in the stream.

I was ready to move to Jericho after all this small town charm. I went out into the cold and caught different neighbor lighting the candles. Down the road, they have a gorge on the property and the pumpkins sit on rocks reflecting their orange glow in the stream.

I received this email and wanted to make a clarification. This pumpkin festival is all private and done by local families living along Cilley Hill road. There are no vendors or games, food or porta-johns.

Albert sent me a note asking what time the pumpkin festival/glow in Jericho Vermont started…

I replied to Albert:

They light them (the pumpkins)at dusk (5ish) but they are all in place at the moment. (seeing that this is the 31st and it started last night) I go early and find a parking place nearby and then I observe as the sun sets and more and more people drive by. There is no parking on Cilley Hill road, so unless you know someone along the road you will have to park out along the main road and walk in. Most people just stay in their cars and drive by. Slowing or stopping for a quick glance. Many others will walk in with kids in tow and even strollers… to view the pumpkins.. a few images from last night were put up on the New England Photographers Guild facebook page this morning. 

There is a slideshow below the Map

For those with a GPS here are the Lat/long coordinates 44.51295, -72.98621 to get you there


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Gallery of Pumpkin Glow images


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Cilley Hill Pumpkin Glow – Oct 30 & 31st — 5 Comments

  1. Can you please give specific directions if I am coming from Essex and go past Joe’s Snack Bar. How much farther,and is Cilly Hill Rd. on the left or right?