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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.
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. Please check our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for frequent updates.
Value Nights (Mon - Thurs): $14 adults; $12 seniors (62+); $11 children (3-12)
Prime Nights (Fri - Sun): $16 adults; $14 seniors (62+); $13 children (3-12)
Toddlers age two and under are always admitted for free.
Special Savings for RWP Zoo Members: $2 off adults and $1 off senior and child tickets nightly for individuals included in the membership. Must show current RWP Zoo membership card and another form of ID. Reciprocal memberships will not apply.
NEW THIS YEAR:
The 2015 presentation, titled “The People’s Choice,” will feature subjects the public especially loved throughout the past 27 years of shows. Scenes filled with intricate pumpkin art will recall the “Phantom of the Opera,” the Golden Age of Hollywood, and other cultural and historic highlights. Charles Darwin’s trip to the Galapagos Islands will be represented, complete with “active” volcanoes, and the 50th anniversary of “The Sound of Music” will be celebrated.
New this year will be the addition of light and image projections to enhance the scenery along the trail. Show standards will return, such as childhood favorites and Halloween scenes, and 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) arrayed in the forefront, with spooky fog and the now iconic musical theme punctuated by a catchy beat and laughter.
As some may know, at the end of the pumpkin trail is a log book, where people can write a message about the show and include where they're from. Visitors to the Spectacular came from all over the country and the world. From California to Florida, Australia to Venezuela, and beyond! Here is what they said about last year's show:
Pure talent! Thank you for dedicating yourselves to bringing so much joy to so many people.
I’m South African by birth, and seeing your tribute to Mandela had me in tears. I thank you for all South Africans. He would have adored it.
This is a staple in my fall itinerary. Thank you for all the hard work that goes into this event.
It has been a phenomenal experience! We don’t have that pumpkin talent in Europe! GREAT JOB!
All the way from Tennessee – best pumpkin display nationwide! Thanks for putting it all together – unforgettable.