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 THIS YEAR: Weekend timed-entry tickets
only sold online!



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 is open rain or shine, however, in cases of severe weather or weather-related technical difficulties we might close the event or end admission early. Please check our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for frequent updates.

Event Prices:

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

Prime Nights (Fri. - Sun.): $18 adults; $15 children (ages 2-12) - Sold Online Only
Timed Entry 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. 

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.

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.