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Jack-O-Lantern Halloween Spectacular:Roger Williams Zoo 2020

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Venue:Roger Williams Park Zoo
Dates:Thursday, October 1, 2020 - Sunday, November 1, 2020
Hours:6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below
Category:Seasonal Fun

jack-o-lantern halloween spectacularroger williams zoo 2020 photoCitizens 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.

The trail will wind from the Zoo’s parking lot into the admissions plaza, and through a portion of the Zoo.

Patrons will view pumpkins from trees, on the side of the trail, and just about everywhere the eye can see.

The drive-through trail will be open every night 6:30 – 11:00 pm.

Gates will close at 10:30 pm.

Tickets are online sales ONLY and sold for each half hour.

Absolutely no tickets will be sold at the gate.

Tickets are $50 per vehicle; members $45 per vehicle.

For more information and guidelines or to purchase tickets, please visit rwpzoo.org/jols.

Reciprocal membership discounts and AAA discounts are not offered in 2020.

Find more pumpkin festivals and jack-o-lantern displays near you in our helpful guide to fall family fun.

COST↑ top

$50 per vehicle ($45 for Zoo Members)




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

Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907


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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