Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

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“…one of the most brilliant displays of holiday artistry anywhere in the U.S.”


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For the second year (2013 & 2016), the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular was named one of the American Bus Association's top 100 events in North America.

October 6 - November 6, 2016
NEW: Weekend tickets sold online only


Join your family and friends for this amazing fall tradition: A nighttime display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns all along our beautiful Wetlands Trail, with well over 100 of the pumpkins carved into veritable works of art. The Jack-O-Lantern 
Spectacular is presented by Citizens Bank.

PLEASE NOTE: 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 the Zoo if, in its sole judgment, extreme weather or other conditions could jeopardize the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff. Please check our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for frequent updates, and visit our Frequently Asked Questions under "Dates, Times, and General Information" for the full weather policy.

Traffic Alert

Due to construction on Elmwood Avenue, those coming to the Jack-O-Lantern from 95 South should consider taking the Park Avenue exit (Exit 16) as an alternate route to mitigate traffic. Please check our Facebook and Twitter pages for frequent traffic updates.

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Event Prices:

Value Nights (Mon. - Thurs. - Including Columbus Day): $15 adults; $12 children (ages 2-12) - Sold at Zoo Admissions and Online. Enter any time between 5:30 and 10:30pm. The trail closes at 11pm.

Prime Nights (Fri. - Sun.): $18 adults; $15 children (ages 2-12) - Sold Online Only. Timed entry begins from 5:30 - 6:30pm, and ends with the 10:30 - 11:30pm timeslot. The trail closes at midnight.

Tickets are non-refundable, and cannot be rescheduled

Toddlers age one and younger are always admitted for free.

To improve the visitor experience on weekends, we are shifting to timed ticket entry for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. As a result, tickets for these nights will only be available for purchase online. 

2016 Theme: American Treasures

The 2016 presentation titled “American Treasures,” will feature a celebration of our nation’s history and culture through the rich lens of commemorative postage stamps. Since the Postal Service began in the 1850s, commemorative stamps represent key events, places and cultural icons in thousands of extraordinary works of art. Visitors to the Spectacular will experience these images in special scenery where they are transformed into intricate carvings on illuminated pumpkins.

Elsewhere on the trail will be scenes featuring Humanitarian Heroes, Endangered Species, Science Theater, and Backyard Garden. And of course, Halloween favorites will be back including the dazzling Laughing Tree with its hundreds of illuminated pumpkins and iconic laughing music.