The acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular presented by Citizens Bank will return to Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence with shows running nightly from October 1st through November 1st. This highly anticipated annual event, created by artists and craftsmen of Passion for Pumpkins, features a breathtaking display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns, with over 125 of them artistically carved and displayed in scenes to play out the annual theme.
Situated on the Zoo’s picturesque wetlands trail, the event has won praise from across the nation for its amazing artistry and appeal as a unique family-friendly autumn destination. Over 100,000 people have come in each of the past five years to enjoy the night time show.
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular 2015: The People’s Choice
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.
Crews from Passion for Pumpkins will spend several weeks leading up to the event creating the magical display. Then, they will work nearly around the clock throughout the 32 night run to keep the show fresh for visitors.
New this year: TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE PURCHASE here
When: October 1 - November 1, 6pm - 11pm, with the last admission at 10pm. On Saturdays, admission will be extended an hour, with the last admission at 11pm, and the trail closing at 12am.
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.