NEW for 2021: Join us for an all-new evening of fun for scouts, friends and families at Spooky-ish Scout Family Night on October 20th. See below for details!
Spooky-ish Scout Family and Friends Fun Night at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Join us for an evening of fun for scouts, prospective scouts, friends, and family! Scouts BSA members, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts will all have a great time during this all-new event. Not a scout, yet? Local scouting representatives will be on hand to answer questions and to help you find a troop or pack near you. Join us and visit the zoo after hours for animal encounters, keeper chats and a Halloween dance party! Each admission includes a $5 voucher good for any food or merchandise purchase that evening. Attendees will also skip the line as they receive V.I.P. access to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular!
Date: October 20th, 2021
Time: 4:00pm-8:00pm (last admission is at 7:45pm)
Cost: $35 per person
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Walk in tickets will not be available.
NOTE: Tickets are timed, and you will only be allowed to enter during your assigned 1-hour window. Visitors should expect travel delays around the zoo and to queue prior to gaining admission. Please plan accordingly.
The event ends at 8:00PM with last admission for the event at 7:45PM.
Most Scouts can earn recognition requirements by participating in a service project. Add that to your Scout Family Fun Night at JOLS by collecting items from our Zookeeper’s Enrichment Wishlist. These items would be used by our animal care team to keep our animals healthy and active as they investigate new smells and practice natural foraging behaviors! -2021 Zookeeper Enrichment Wish List
Cancellation/Refund Policy: For Scout Family Fun Night at JOLS, refunds requested prior to September 13th will be honored, minus the $5 online fee. After September 12th, all sales are final, and no refunds will be issued unless this program is cancelled by the Zoo. Please note this program is rain or shine and will only be canceled if the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is cancelled. This event has a backup date of October 27 in the event of a cancellation.
All guests will be expected to follow all current RI DOH requirements and guidelines regarding mask use. Additionally, all guests regardless of vaccination status are required to wear masks when entering the Faces of the Rainforest exhibit and strongly encouraged to wear masks when unable to maintain 3 feet of distance from other visitors.
The following exhibits will be open for this event: Faces of the Rainforest, FarmYard (including contact yard), World of Adaptations, and Marco Polo’s Adventure Trek. Animals will have access to their outdoor habitats but will have free choice to be inside or outside and not all animals may be visible at any given time. Some unlit portions of the zoo will close at dark for the safety of our attendees.
Yes! Keep in mind that 1 paid adult will be required for every 4 children at the event. The person completing the registration will be responsible for ensuring each person receives one ticket. DO NOT JUST FORWARD ALL OF THE TICKETS IN AN EMAIL TO YOUR ENTIRE GROUP! This will cause a significant delay in checking in your group. Please print/cut the tickets and distribute to your group before queuing for the event. All group leaders/parents are responsible for their own participants and should remain together throughout the event. We strongly encourage parents to join their scouts as siblings are also welcome!
The voucher will be provided to attendees when they check in for the event. This voucher is valid only for this night and can be redeemed towards any food, beverage, or merchandise purchase. Please refer to your confirmation email for detailed instructions and arrival information, including a map.
The keeper chat locations and times will be marked with signs throughout the event. These will be based on keeper and animal availability and cannot be published ahead of the event. Due to space and covid considerations some keeper chats may have limited capacity. There will be 2 keeper chats held concurrently every 30 mins throughout the event.
There will be 2 animal presentations held every 30 mins, throughout the course of the event. They will be held on the FarmYard stage and in the Event Tent located next to the Discover the Wild Gift Shop.
You can still come! Some of your friends may be scouts and if not, maybe they will be soon!
Yes! There will be food and snacks available to purchase during the event. In addition to the Discover the Wild Gift Shop being open, there will also be Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular merchandise available to purchase after you complete the trail.
While you may need to queue briefly before being admitted to the trail but you will not have to wait in the long lines you may have seen if you have visited the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in the past.
This event begins at 4:00PM, but attendees should note that the actual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Trail, does not open until 6:00PM. Guests may NOT leave the event space, until the show opens and all guests will exit via the Jack-O-Lantern Trail.
October 20th is also Superhero night at JOLS. Attendees of the scout event will not have an opportunity to see or interact with the superheroes as they will be making appearances along the general admission queue. We will be bypassing this line to get to the event space.