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Drive-Through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 1, 2020 - 3:00pm to November 1, 2020 - 11:00pm
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Experience a spooktacular new way to celebrate the Halloween season!

Citizens Bank presents a drive-through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, November 1, 2020. Celebrate Special Places while staying safe inside your car enjoying thousands of intricately carved pumpkins as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Halloween season.

Trail will be open nightly 6:30 – 11:00 pm. Gates will close at 10:30 pm.
Tickets are online sales ONLY and sold for each half hour.

Click here for safety guidelines, vehicle information, weather policy, and FAQs. Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. NO REFUNDS OR RESCHEDULING.

Drive-Through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Pricing:

Drive thru admission is only available per car and not per person. Reciprocal membership discounts and AAA discounts are not offered in 2020.

  • $50/Car
  • $45/Car for Current RWPZoo members

All guests entering Roger Williams Park Zoo are doing so at their own risk. Roger Williams Park Zoo will not be held responsible for injuries or damage to vehicles. Please review all rules before purchasing your ticket.

BUY MORE AND SAVE!  Purchase 10 or more car admissions in a single order and save $5 per car! 

To redeem, visit the ticket purchasing page, add at least 10 car admissions to your cart, then advance to the next page. The discount will automatically apply.Popular visit times will sell quickly – book your place in the show today! 

 Promotion details: The purchaser must select specific timeslots for each admission, but you may choose different timeslots/dates for a single order. Please choose carefully – orders are not transferrable or refundable. One method of payment per transaction; payments cannot be split between multiple cards and this discount is not combinable with other discounts. Please contact with any questions!   

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: Carving with the Masters Class
October 25, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Join one of our master pumpkin carvers for a virtual pumpkin carving lesson broadcast live! Learn from the artists as they ‘illuminate’ the work that goes into making our annual event so spectacular! Follow along step-by-step and seek guidance as you carve your very own “intricate” pumpkin in the style of a Red Panda. We even pre-draw the design on your included pumpkin, so you can focus on the carving. In addition to the pumpkin, you will also receive a 10 piece pumpkin carving toolkit that has been customized and sharpened by our professional carvers! See below for the complete list of included supplies.

This is an exclusive event with limited capacity and is expected to sell out quickly. We look forward to helping you carve out some memories and gain some new skills!

Date: October 25, 2020 7:00pm-9:00pm

Cost: $150 members/$160 non-members

Registration includes access for one device to the virtual class, a large pumpkin and all the supplies you need to carve your very own “intricate” pumpkin: Spooky Reusable Tote Bag, Hand-picked Pumpkin with the Artwork Pre-applied, Customized 10-piece Carving Tool Kit with convenient roll up case (customized and hand sharpened by our master carver), Standard Light Bulb Base with 6ft cord and power switch, 1600 lumen LED light bulb, Biodegradable Table Protector, Fine Point Sharpie.

Note: This program will be facilitated on ZOOM; a compatible device and stable internet connection are required to participate. All physical materials will need to be picked up at the zoo prior to the class, details included in your confirmation email. Ages 13+.


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I have other people join me?

    • Each registration includes one pumpkin with the design pre-drawn, your toolkit and access to the Zoom call. A separate registration would need to be purchased for each person wishing to participate. Having a friend register and join from their house would be a fun and unique night in!

  • What ages can sign up for the carving?

    • This program is designed with teenagers and adults in mind. Due to the nature of the activity, the registrations will be open to participants 13 and up. Participants younger than 16 will need a responsible adult nearby to supervise the carving.

  • Do I need to be a professional artist?

    • No! Varying levels of ability will lead to Jack-O-Lanterns To make this experience as fun and stress free a possible, we have already drawn the design onto your pumpkin. Our artist will share with you how they use the different tools to achieve different results.

  • Do I get to choose my own design?

    • Passion for Pumpkins and RWPZoo have worked together to bring you original artwork for this experience. Your pumpkin will even come with the design pre drawn!

  • How do I get the design on to my pumpkin?

    • This one is easy! We thought that part might be tedious or troublesome, so your pumpkin will come with the artwork pre-drawn and ready for carving!

  • How do I light the pumpkin?

    • Each kit will include one standard light bulb base and 1600 lumen LED light bulb. This will plug into any standard outlet and includes an in-line switch to easily turn your gourd on and off. Gone are the flickering tea lights, its time to light your Jack-O-Lantern like the pros!

  • How do I get my pumpkin?

    • We will be offering curbside pick-up of your pumpkin and tool kits on Friday October 23rd, from 3:00pm-5:00pm. More details are included in your confirmation email, but reach out to us ASAP if you need to make other arrangements.

  • How many devices can sign on for the class?

    • Each registration includes access for one device/person. Additional registrations need to be made for each participant.

  • What is included in the cost?

    • Each registration includes: Access to the Live Virtual Class, a pumpkin with the design conveniently pre drawn onto the skin, a 10 pc pumpkin carving toolkit with roll up case (customized and sharpened by our master carvers), one standard lamp base, one 1600 lumen LED light bulb, a compostable table covering and a fine point Sharpie.

Spooktacular at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
October 31, 2020 - 6:30pm to November 1, 2020 - 9:30pm
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New for 2020! Celebrate Halloween trick-or-treat fun at SPOOKTACULAR on October 31 and November 1, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, during the Zoo's Drive-Through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.  Every child will receive a trick or treat bag provided by our friends at Tarbox, filled with safely sealed sweet treats provided by Citizens, as they sit in the comfort of their vehicle. Spy costumed characters from Rhode Island Comic Con before hopping on the pumpkin trail. 

SPOOKTACULAR is included in the price of the drive-through Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular ticket. Your safety is our priority - all staff and costumed characters will be wearing masks. We will require all trick-or-treaters to wear a mask when interacting with staff and costumed characters.

Please note: Children 12 and under who visit the Zoo in costume during the day on October 31 and/or November 1 may come in for half price. This discount is available in-person only. There will be no Spooky Zoo activities nor any candy available.