Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo

For the last 4 years, we’ve headed to he Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

We went back this year on Monday night and had a BLAST!

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It is – truly – SPECTACULAR.

What I especially love about the night is that it’s for families. I can bring my children and I know we ALL will have a wonderful, magical night. It’s beautiful activities like this that I love to find in Rhode Island to do with my family.

If you haven’t heard of the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, it truly is something you need to visit! I actually saw it featured on the travel channel a few nights ago as a must-see destination!

The acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, returns to Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence with shows running from October 2nd through November 2nd (so there’s still time). This highly anticipated annual event, created by the artists and craftsmen of Passion for Pumpkins, features a breathtaking display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns, with over 125 of them artistically carved and displayed in scenes to play out the annual theme. The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular has become one of the region’s most enchanting fall traditions, with over 100,000 people attending each of the last four years.

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The 2014 presentation, titled “Jack-O-Lanterns from A to Z,” delights new and repeat visitors alike. Scenes filled with intricate pumpkin art will be arrayed in alphabetical order, with highlights from history and popular culture, and another section will honor inspirational figures. Popular annual features will return, as well as the show’s dazzling grand finale, the Laughing Tree. Hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns on the ground and high up in the trees surround carved giants (well over 1,000 pounds) amid spooky fog and music, punctuated by its iconic catchy beat and laughter.

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It’s absolutely crazy to think that people carve these pumpkins… they are truly art masterpieces. So gorgeous. So beautiful. So stunning.

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To make it easier on us, we bought the boys light-up-necklaces!!

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It was a fabulous and fun night!!

The Details

When: October 2 – November 2.
Admission opens at 6pm; pumpkin trail opens at dusk.
Last admission Sunday – Friday at 10pm; Trail Closes at 11pm.
Last admission on Saturdays at 11pm; Trail Closes at 12am.

PLEASE NOTE: The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine, however, in cases of severe weather or weather-related technical difficulties the show might close early.

Pricing Monday – Thursday: $12 adults; $10 seniors; $9 children ages 3 – 12
Pricing Friday – Sunday: $16 adults; $14 seniors; $13 children ages 3 – 12
Toddlers two and under are always admitted for free.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo was last modified: October 30th, 2014 by Audrey McClelland
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Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo was last modified: October 30th, 2014 by Audrey McClelland