The 2016 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular has ended. Please check back next year for 2017 information.
Thursday, October 6 through Sunday, November 6
To improve the visitor experience on weekends, we are shifting to timed ticket entry for Prime Nights (Fri. – Sun.). As a result, tickets for Prime Nights MUST be purchased online. Timed Entry tickets are non-refundable, and cannot be rescheduled.
As a courtesy to all our guests, timed entry will be strictly enforced. Visitors who arrive before their allotted time will not be allowed to enter, and those who arrive after their timed entry window will be required to wait as the Zoo gives priority to guests who arrive within their timeslot.
While there still may be a line inside the Zoo heading to the beginning of the pumpkin trail, the experience of driving to the Zoo and parking will be significantly improved on these typically heavily attended evenings.
While the Zoo opens to the public at 5:30pm, the pumpkin trail doesn't open until dusk, which is after 6pm particularly in the first weeks of October. This is to offer all of our guests optimal viewing of the jack-o-lanterns.
Zoo entry Value Nights (Mon. – Thurs.): 5:30 – 10pm, trail closes at 11pm.
Zoo entry Prime Nights (Fri. – Sun.): Timed ticket entry only beginning at 5:30pm. Trail closes one hour after last entry. Timed Entry tickets are non-refundable, and cannot be rescheduled.
Prime Nights (Fri. - Sun.): The new timed entry will significantly reduce the time needed to get to the Zoo and Park on weekends, and it will manage the flow of visitors to the exhibit. Once visitors have had their tickets scanned, they will enter the line leading from admissions to the start of the pumpkin trail. Generally this line does not take more than 45 minutes.
Value Nights (Mon. - Thurs.): These nights tend to be more lightly attended, particularly after 7:30pm. In general, for children and adults who have difficulty dealing with crowds and wait lines, the best nights to attend are the last week of the show, when attendance is lightest.
The Zoo has free nightly parking, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional parking is available on the street in Roger Williams Park.
We also offer OPTIONAL premium parking for $10 per car. This will be available nightly in the lot closest to the show entrance and exit gates. Again, this will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
No, ticket purchases are non-refundable, and timed entry tickets cannot be rescheduled.
Stroller and wheelchair rentals are not available at night, however, if a patron is in need of a wheelchair, admissions staff will provide one at no charge. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and the trail is fully wheelchair accessible.
Yes, ATMs are located at admissions behind booth 6 (on the right), and inside the River Camp Sweet Shop in the Jambo Junction African Village.
This is a seasonal art show that aims to delight and amaze, not to scare anyone of any age. Children who are sensitive to a lot of visual and sound stimulus might not be comfortable. In addition, it is highly likely that you will spend some time in line getting to the start of the pumpkin trail, and we cannot predict how much. Only you can know if this is suitable for your particular child.
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular will be held rain or shine. If you elect not to attend, your tickets are neither refundable nor exchangeable. The event may be cancelled by Roger Williams Park Zoo if, in its sole judgment, extreme weather or other conditions could jeopardize the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff.
Extremely heavy rain, lightning, very strong winds, heavy snow and/or ice or warning of such conditions could result in the event being closed. However, rain, snow flurries, or showers would not result in a cancellation of the event. If the Zoo determines that conditions warrant canceling the event, we will post a message on our homepage, Facebook, Twitter, and voicemail by 2pm on the day of the event.
If the Zoo cancels before the event starts, guests who purchased tickets for that night can either use their tickets any Monday - Thursday night of the 2016 show, or get a refund by calling 401-785-3510 x316 or emailing email@example.com. Refunds will be posted within 2 weeks, depending on your bank. If you wish to go on another date, you must purchase new tickets at any available times.
Once you arrive at the entrance to the pumpkin trail, near the bison exhibit, it takes about 45 minutes to walk through the show. Wait time to enter the show can vary, depending on attendance on any given night. The pumpkin trail is about one-quarter mile long, and the line leading to and from the trail can add another half-mile to the walk.
No. Due to low sales last year, and the introduction of timed ticket entry on the weekends, we are no longer offering the Weekend Harvest Buffet. We will still have vendors onsite nightly selling snack foods and drinks, and downtown Providence has many fantastic restaurants to choose from if you would like to enjoy dinner before heading to the event. You can find a great list here>
Value Nights (Mon. - Thurs.): Adult $15; Child $12 (ages 2-12)
Prime Nights (Fri. - Sun.): Adult $18; Child $15 (ages 2-12); Timed entry only.
Timed Entry tickets are non-refundable, and cannot be rescheduled.
Toddlers age one and younger are always admitted free.
Yes. Buying your ticket online will allow you to bypass the ticket purchase lines and go directly to the line for the pumpkin trail. On Value Nights (Mon. - Thurs.), look for signs indicating the booth entry for ticket holders.
Prime Night (Fri. - Sun.) tickets are sold online only. All Prime Night tickets will have timed entry, which will be strictly observed at the gates. Timed Entry tickets are non-refundable, and cannot be rescheduled.
Group pricing is available to groups of 25 or more for Value Nights only. Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, we will accept VISA, Mastercard, AmEx and Discover cards.
Yes, buy individual tickets online any time. Group pricing is available to groups of 25 or more for Value Nights only. Group tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting email@example.com.
In addition, individual tickets for Value Nights (Mon. - Thurs.) can be purchased at the ticket booths, although depending on the time of night, there may be a line for ticket purchase. Buying tickets online through our secure site is the best way to get your tickets and minimize time spent getting to the pumpkin trial.
Prime Night (Fri. - Sun.) tickets will be sold online only. All weekend tickets will have timed entry, which will be strictly observed at the gates. Timed Entry tickets are non-refundable, and cannot be rescheduled.
No, combination tickets are not available. However, you can purchase both kinds of tickets online.
There is a discount for Roger Williams Park Zoo members: $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets, 7 days a week, upon presentation of a valid RWP Zoo membership card and a photo ID. To purchase tickets with your member benefit online, be certain to register/sign in with the email address that is linked with your membership.
There is a AAA discount on Tuesday nights only. AAA members who present their valid member card and a photo ID will receive $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets. These tickets cannot be purchased online, the member ID and photo ID need to be shown at the ticket booth on a Tuesday night to receive the AAA discount.
No other discounts will apply at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, including regular Zoo admission coupons or discounts.
Flash photography, tripods, monopods and selfie sticks are NOT allowed in the show as a courtesy and safety measure. Otherwise, yes, you may take pictures as long as you do not impede viewing or the flow of traffic on the trail.
For the safety and wellbeing of our animals and guests, no pets, emotional support, or therapy animals will be allowed on Zoo grounds at any time.
The Zoo, however, will allow service animals for all disabilities on grounds as outlined by the ADA standards (http://adata.org/factsheet/service-animals).
Yes, strollers, wheelchairs, and wagons are allowed on the exhibit trail, and the trail is fully accessible.
No. There is no smoking anywhere in the Zoo at any time. Further, per the City of Providence, the entire Roger Williams Park is smoke free. Neither regular nor e-cigarettes are allowed.
Group admission prices will apply for groups of 25 people or more can be purchased at Zoo admissions 10am – 3:30pm.
However, If you want your group tickets mailed to you, they must be purchased no less than ten days in advance through the Group Sales office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group prices are $14 adults; $11 children (ages 2 - 12); toddlers age one and younger are free.
Group tickets are ONLY available for Value Nights (Mon. – Thurs.).
No. Groups of 25 or more must purchase their tickets through the Group Sales department.
They can be purchased at Zoo admissions between 10am and 3:30pm, or mailed to you. If you want your group tickets mailed to you, they must be purchased no less than ten days in advance through the Group Sales office at email@example.com.
Group tickets are ONLY available for Value Nights (Mon. – Thurs.).
No, ticket purchases are non-refundable.
Yes, Roger Williams Park Zoo members receive $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets, 7 days a week, upon presentation of RWP Zoo membership card and a photo ID.
To purchase tickets with your member benefit online, be certain to register/sign in with the email address that is linked with your membership.
No. The discount is only for Roger Williams Park Zoo members. Reciprocal membership benefits apply only for general Zoo admission.
Unfortunately, no. We do not have access to the membership database during the evenings. Members must have their cards and another form of ID with them in order to receive the Member discount.
The discount is limited to exactly what's covered by your Roger Williams Park Zoo membership.
Sorry, no. Our computer program during show hours is limited to this event only and cannot process membership sales. Member discounts are available only to existing RWP Zoo members.
You may purchase a membership online here>
There are about 5,000 pumpkins on display at any one time, all lit with LED lights.
The Spectacular was founded in 1988 by John Reckner, formerly an Oxford, MA mail carrier. Mr. Reckner, his family and friends continue to produce the show that first came to RWP Zoo in 2001 and returned to the Zoo in 2009, after a 4-year hiatus. This team of professional pumpkin carvers, called Passion for Pumpkins, spends 6 - 8 weeks creating the magical display set on the Zoo’s wetlands trail amid special lighting and themed music.
They keep carving and enhancing the displays throughout the life of the show. The carvers expect to go through about 20,000 pumpkins during the course of the 32-night run. At the end, the pumpkins are collected and composted.
Over 125,000 people have attended the show for each of the past three years. Last year we had record-breaking attendance of over 140,000 guests.
The Spectacular has received rave reviews and national media attention for the one-of-a-kind, family friendly seasonal fun it offers. People come from all over New England, across the U.S., and even across oceans to enjoy the Spectacular.
The Spectacular is an important fundraiser for Roger Williams Park Zoo, a nonprofit organization. Proceeds from the event will support the Zoo’s animal care, environmental education and conservation efforts both locally and around the globe, plus Zoo improvements.