Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

October 6th - November 6th, 2016


Value Nights (Mon. – Thurs.): 6pm – 11pm, with last admission at 10pm. 
Tickets sold online and at Zoo admissions.

*NEW* Prime Nights (Fri. – Sun.): Timed ticket entry starting at 5:30pm.
Tickets for Prime Nights are sold online ONLY.
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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 one and younger are always admitted free.

New this year: We’ve moved to timed ticket entry for Friday through Sunday nights starting at 5:30pm. Tickets for these nights will only be available for purchase online. These tickets are non-refundable and cannot be rescheduled, however, they are transferrable (anyone can use them).

An Annual Tradition with Thousands of Locally Grown Pumpkins!

October is an exciting month at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, with the return of the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, nightly from October 6 - November 6, 2016. 

Thousands of locally grown, illuminated pumpkins line the Zoo’s picturesque Wetlands Trail, with over 125 carved into intricate designs by the dedicated workers at Passion for Pumpkins – the founders and creators of the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.

JOLS EVENT Halloween NE 230x230.jpgThe Passion for Pumpkins specialists will spend several weeks creating the magical display, working around the clock throughout the 32-night run to keep the show fresh for visitors.

The 2016 presentation titled “American Treasures,” will celebrate 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 beautifully transformed into intricate carvings on illuminated pumpkins in special scenery.

The trail will also feature scenes with Humanitarian Heroes, Endangered Species, Mystery Science Theater, Rock Icons, and much more. Of course, Halloween favorites will be back including the dazzling Laughing Tree with its hundreds of illuminated pumpkins and iconic laughing music. Facebook and Twitter .

Special Events

Spooky Zoo - Saturday and Sunday, October 29th & 30th, 2016 Event details
Activities are free with Zoo admission, and children age 12 and younger who come in costume get in for half-price!
Visitors to this fall daytime Halloween tradition will enjoy fun seasonal activities including trick-or-treat stations, pumpkin treats for the animals, creepy-crawly animal encounters, pumpkin carving demonstrations, a games area, roaming costumed characters, live music, and more. Kids 12 and under who come in costume get in for half-price! Spooky Zoo activities run from 10am – 3pm, and are free with Zoo admission.

UnBOOlievable Festival at Carousel Village - Saturday, October 2nd, 2016 Event details
Calling monsters of all ages! The whimsical Carousel Village is celebrating its spooky side with the return of the UnBOOlievable Festival. Visit our frightfully fun celebration in costume to enjoy the carousel, plus visit an array of vendors including crafters, artists, farmers, music and much more. Festival takes place 11am – 2pm,  This event is free and open to the public.


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