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Jack-O-Lantern Halloween Spectacular: Roger Williams Zoo 2023

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Venue:Roger Williams Park Zoo
Dates:Thursday, September 28, 2023 - Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Hours:6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below
Category:Seasonal Fun

jack-o-lantern halloween spectacular roger williams zoo 2023 photoCelebrate the wonders of New England and all its glory and magic at the nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular presented by Citizens Bank at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Stroll through a trail of thousands of intricately hand-carved pumpkins at the Roger Williams Park Zoo! The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is sure to impress this year with 'Pumpkins Around the World'.

This year’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens, gives you the whole world! No passports are required.

Let the artistically carved pumpkins magically transport you to a European vacation, safari, or travel down Route 66!

This Spectacular will satisfy your case of wanderlust.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine.


All tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Find many more October Events near Boston in our guide to Halloween and Fall fun for families.

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Weekends $18-$21 / Weekdays $15-18



Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI, 02907 map
Phone: (401) 785-3510

Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907

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5-starJack o' Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Zoo
Just need one word to describe this Awesome! The talent is amazing.....This is a must see....
1-starLong 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!
4-starbeautiful 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!!
4-starJack 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!
3-starLong 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.
1-starCould 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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