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Annual Great Pumpkin Fest: Ecotarium

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Official Website:Annual Great Pumpkin Fest: Ecotarium
Location:222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA map
Dates:Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from 10/19/17 - 10/29/17
Hours:2:00pm - 9:00pm
Ages:Infants, Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:$$ see below
Category:Seasonal Fun

Annual Great Pumpkin Fest: EcotariumThe EcoTarium's 50-acre grounds are the scene for Great Pumpkin Fest. This event takes place over one day and evening and features an exciting line-up of Halloween fun, as well as a display of 1,500 carved jack o' lanterns, which are lit after dark.

Join us for an all-ages Halloween spectacular with more than 3,000 professionally carved pumpkins lit up in stunning displays, take a train ride on the Explorer Express Train presented by the Worcester Railers HC (additional ticket required, purchase at event), plus, enjoy traditional trick-or-treating, entertainment, and more.

These striking pumpkin displays of dinosaurs, safari animals, and beautifully carved jack-o'-lanterns will captivate you as you stroll the EcoTarium's gorgeous grounds.

Friendly Halloween costumes are encouraged! Bring a flashlight to light your way at night and be sure to dress for the weather. This event takes place rain or shine.

Meet radio show hosts and enjoy the latest hits with 96.1 SRS in the Lower Courtyard.

Free planetarium shows (middle level of museum)
Limited capacity of 100 people per show. First come, first served.

Trick or Treating Fun:
Check your map to find Trick-or-Treat stations spread throughout the museum building and grounds and at our sponsors' tables. While supplies last.

Light dinner items, snacks, and festival foods will be available for purchase throughout the event. In addition, picnicking is welcome on the EcoTarium grounds. Beverage and snack vending machines are available inside the museum on the Middle Level.

Free parking is available on the EcoTarium property as space allows. Since Great Pumpkin Fest is a very busy event, be prepared to park off-site and to walk to the museum.

Please note: Regular EcoTarium museum hours and admission pricing do not apply on October 24. The museum is only open during hours of the event and with ticketed admission.

Tickets are on sale now! Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event, in advance online, or at the EcoTarium Tickets and Information Desk.


$16 general public $12 EcoTarium Members Children under 2 free. $12 Group rate tickets are available for 20 or more, please call EcoTarium Reservations at 508.929.2703


My 2 1/2 yr old absolutley LOVED pumpkin night @ the ecotarium. He is still talking about it today. The adults enjoyed ourselves & we will be going back next year. I have to say that the food was overpriced & undercooked though. I am unclear why they don't just open up their outside snack bar also? I would hope every year they add on to it because there is some areas that could use work. The haunted train ride was fun for the kids but maybe next year they could put more pumpkins & decorations along the trail. This is a great idea & all the kids there seemed to be having a blast. If you have not gone you should attend next yr.

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