The Spectacular Returns!

The Spectacular Returns!

“…one of the most brilliant displays of holiday artistry anywhere in the U.S.”

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 2nd through November 2nd. 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 four years to enjoy the night time show, and last year’s Spectacular set an all-time record of over 135,000 visitors.  

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular 2014: Jack-O-Lanterns from A to Z

The 2014 presentation, titled “Jack-O-Lanterns from A to Z,” will delight new and repeat visitors alike. Scenes filled with intricate pumpkin art will be arrayed in alphabetical order, with highlights from history and popular culture. For example, D is for dinosaur, F is for fantasy, H is for Horoscope, J is for jungle, T is for famous thinkers, and so on. Another section will honor inspirational figures such as Princess Diana and Nelson Mandela.

Popular annual features will return, such as the 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) amid spooky fog and music, punctuated by its iconic 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.

The Details

When: October 2 - November 2, 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.

Pricing: Monday - Thursday are $12 adults, $10 seniors and $9 for children ages 3 – 12, with children under three admitted for free. Admission prices on Friday - Sunday are $16 adults, $14 seniors and $13 children ages 3 – 12; children two and under are admitted for free.

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In the Press:

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular has been featured in print, television, and digital media including the Travel Channel’s “Halloween Crazier” (2012), Martha Stewart Living (2012), Rachel Ray (2010), USA Today,, National Geographic World, Yankee Magazine, and more. Selected by the U.S. Library of Congress as a national “local legacy,” it was also featured on as one of the “top 11 Spookiest Destinations” in the country, as well as billed as a “top 100 event” by the American Bus Association. The Boston Globe called the presentation “awe-inspiring.”