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2015 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: Roger Williams Zoo

Official Website:2015 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 1, 2015 - Sunday, November 1, 2015
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below
Category:Seasonal Fun

2015 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular: Roger Williams ZooThe 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 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 nighttime show, and last year’s Spectacular saw the second highest attendance of over 125,000 visitors.

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, as will the show’s dazzling grand finale, the Laughing Tree. There, 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 that are enhanced with spooky fog and the iconic musical theme punctuated by a 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.

2015 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular details:

The Show will run rain or shine from October 1st through November 1st with admission from 6pm to 10pm, with the trail closing at 11pm. The event will be extended one hour on Saturdays.

The Spectacular is an important fundraiser for Roger Williams Park Zoo. Proceeds from the event will help to support the Zoo’s animal care, environmental education and conservation efforts both locally and around the globe, as well as Zoo improvements.

Online Ticketing
New this year, guests will be able to purchase tickets for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular online at rwpzoo.org/jols-tickets. Those who use this new feature will be directed by signs in the parking lot to enter the Zoo through Gate 2, which is to the right of the main admissions plaza. This separate entrance will allow online ticket holders to skip the ticket purchase line, and head directly to the pumpkin trail line. **Tickets for the Weekend Harvest Buffet and group tickets must still be purchased at the Zoo.

The popular Weekend Harvest Buffet will be available Friday – Sunday nights at $25 for adults and $13 for children ages 3 – 12. Meal tickets will be purchased in addition to Spectacular admission tickets and will include express entry to the pumpkin trail. Buffet tickets will be sold at Gate 2 (follow signs in the parking lot) as patrons arrive for the show.

Groups of 25 or more may call (401) 467-0150 for advance reservations and group rates. For more information about group attendance at the Spectacular, visit the Zoo’s website, call (401) 785-3510, or write to gsales@rwpzoo.org.


Open nightly from 6:00pm - 11:00pm (last entry at 10:00pm)
On Saturdays, admission will be extended an hour, with the last admission at 11pm, and the trail closing at 12am.


Monday - Thursday: $14 adults, $10 seniors (62+), $9 children (3–12); under 3 free. Friday - Sunday: adults $16, seniors (62+) $14, children age 3-12 $13, under 3 free.


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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