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Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: Roger Williams Zoo

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Official Website:Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: Roger Williams Zoo
Venue:Roger Williams Park Zoo
Location:Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI, 02907 map
Phone:(401) 785-3510
Dates:Thursday, October 3, 2013 - Sunday, November 3, 2013
Hours:Open nightly from 6:00pm - 11:00pm (last entry at 10:00pm)
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Outdoor
Cost:$$ see below
Category:Seasonal Fun


Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: Roger Williams ZooThe 2013 presentation, titled Pumpkinville, USA, will delight new and repeat visitors alike. Intricate pumpkin art will represent regions of the country, highlighting their unique attributes and as well as historical and cultural landmarks of each of the states. Regions will include Heartland of America, Pacific Coast, Mid-Atlantic, New England, and Appalachian Highlands. One scene will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and another will honor President Kennedy.

Show standards 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, the show creators, 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.

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Monday -Thursday: $12 adults, $10 seniors (62+), $9 children (3–12); under 3 free. Friday - Sunday: adults $15, seniors (62+) $13, children age 3-12 $12, under 3 free.

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Jack o' Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Zoo
Just need one word to describe this Awesome! The talent is amazing.....This is a must see....
Long Lines No Staff - DO NOT GO ON THE WEEKEND
If you like lines upon lines starting with a 90 min car ride to go 600 yds just to park have fun. This was just the start: We pulled in on Sat. at 7:00pm and did not see a thing till 9:30-10:00. Then the trail was packed and many with small kids and parents having trouble keeping track of them. No staff to to let you know how long lines would take. Sooooo NOT worrh it!
beautiful but packed on the weekend
the drive from boston area is an hour at night (no traffic) and the saturday night line to enter was LONG....while waiting, one passes a lot of concession stands (food, snacks, trinkets, glow wands) that tempt the little kids and cost the parents! the pumpking were really really pretty and the music and other effects are superb. i assume that the weekdays have a shorter line and make it more worth it...also AAA members get a bit off from the steep price so bring your card!!
Jack O Lantern Spectacular
We made an afternoon of it this past Tuesday in Providence with our 3 yr old dtr -- children's museum followed by the spectacular. Decided to try their bbq option--was quite pricey, but frankly, well worth it as once we were finished with our meal, we were escorted directly to the front of the exhibit line. I'm not sure how our little one would have fared if we would have had to wait! We've found a new Halloween tradition!
Long Lines
We went on Saturday night and it was packed. We waited for over two hours in line before we saw the pumpkins - an hour once we were in the zoo and the rest to get into the zoo. Once we got to the pumpkins you can't just mill around because there are hundreds of other people around you pushing you through... That being said, some of the pumpkins were amazing but the majority were just your average carving that you would do with your child. It would have been much more enjoyable had we not waited in line as long - we waited because we drove down from Massachusetts to see it. If you plan on going, buy your tickets ahead of time so you can bypass the lines outside the zoo and only wait once you're inside the park.
Could Not Even Get In The Parking Lot
Tried to see this last Sunday night at 8 pm. So overcrowded, we could not even get in the parking lot and went home. Saw some people getting angry at the entrance because of gridlock. Good thing we came from the south, since the traffic jam from the north went on for over a mile, and people were stuck: boxed in with no outlet to turn around and exit and not one person or one sign was stationed near the road to help direct traffic or inform what the heck was going on.

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