Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

October 3rd - November 3rd, 2019

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The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular runs Thursday, October 3rd - Sunday, November 3rd, 2019.   Tickets go on sale July, 2019.

Travel through a Seasonal Wonderland!
Celebrate the wonders of New England and all its glory and magic at the nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Feast your senses on autumn’s beauty, winter’s swirling snow, spring’s first blossoms and summer’s ocean breezes intricately carved on thousands of pumpkins displayed along the Zoo’s beautiful Wetlands Trail.

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• Premiere parking for $10 in LOT A
• Free parking in lots B, C, D
• Uber/Lyft drop off at Zoo entrance to Lot A

Admission and Hours 

Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday):
Timed ticket entry requires pre-registration. Online sales ONLY.
Adult $18; Child $15 (ages 2-12). Children 1 year and under are always admitted free--tickets still needed.
Trail open 6:00pm-10:30pm. LAST TICKET SOLD AT 10:00pm. 

Value Nights (Monday through Thursday):
Sold online and at Zoo admissions.
Adult $15; Child $12 (ages 2-12). Children 1 year and under are always admitted free--tickets still needed.
Trail open 6:00pm-10:30pm LAST TICKET SOLD AT 10:00pm
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Sensory Friendly Nights
October 31st, November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd   5:00 – 6:00 pm
The Zoo is offering four sensory friendly evenings for those with sensory processing differences and their families. The more than 5,000 pumpkins will still be on display along the zoo's Wetlands Trail, but there will be no music or special effects as featured during the nightly shows. Tickets will be available for purchase in person ONLY at the Zoo's admissions booth.
Ticket prices are $15 for adults; $12 for children ages 2-12.
Children 1 and under are free, but still need a ticket.
Roger Williams Park Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets. Members must present a current Roger Williams Park Zoo membership card and another form of photo I.D. Reciprocal memberships are not eligible for the member discount.

Tips for Families with Kids
Weekends get very busy. The staff at Roger Williams Park Zoo highly recommends attending, if possible, Monday – Thursday evenings. The crowds are more manageable, and everyone has more time to see all the pumpkins. Guests are not allowed on the pumpkin trail until the sun sets – lit pumpkins are best in the dark. So, wait until about 6:30 - 7:00 pm if you can. Crowds do diminish as the night goes on. Roger Williams Park Zoo is completely accessible.
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Group Savings 
Host a private event: We offer the opportunity for organizations to host private events any night during our Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. No matter how big or small the event, we can provide you with an exciting evening. For more information, please contact: gsales@rwpzoo.org

Purchase discounted tickets: We offer special group discounts on Value Night tickets. For more information, please contact gsales@rwpzoo.org.

Soaring Eagle Zip Ride

Zip Ride tickets sold ONLY at admissions gate

Fly 115 feet high in comfortable side-by-side seats, and see out over Providence and into Narragansett Bay. Open every night during the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Some restrictions apply. Open weather permitting - will not open in heavy rain and/or high winds.
To take part in the evening Soaring Eagle Zip Ride experience, all riders must also purchase a same-night Jack-O-Lantern ticket at the admissions gate. If Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular tickets are purchased online – the ticket must be shown at admissions window in order to purchase Soaring Eagle tickets. Guests will enter the ride at the end of the pumpkin trail.

Pricing: $15 per rider | $13 for current RWP Zoo members

  • Tickets are on a first come first served basis. No advanced reservations accepted.
  • Between 6 – 10:00 pm, only 40 tickets sold each hour for this exciting new ride. Soar over the Zoo with a beautiful nighttime view of the area! 
  • Open all seven nights of the week.

Special Events

Fairy Tale Nights - Wednesday and Thursday, October 9th & 10th, 2019  6:00pm-8:00pm   Event details

Meet beloved children’s fairy tale characters.  Take pictures with your favorite princes and princesses. Dress as your favorite character and then get on the Trail to see some exciting pumpkins! 

Gaming Nights - Wednesday and Thursday, October 16th & 17th, 2019 
Event details

You never know who might show up at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo.  Whether you are a Pokémon fan, a devotee of Super Mario, or just enjoy gaming, in general, this is your night.  Come as your favorite character, take a photo next to the Bat Mobile and gaming characters. 

Super Hero Nights - Wednesday and Thursday, October 23rd & 24th, 2019
Event details

In tribute to the late great Stan Lee, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular will open this year’s show with an array of superhero carved pumpkins.  Before you get on the trail comic book fans might meet Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the gang, take a photo, and find out how they all save the world.  As our heroes go back out to fight evil, find your hero’s pumpkin on the pumpkin trail.

Spooky Zoo - Saturday and Sunday, October 26th & 27th, 2019
10:00am - 3:00pm   
Event details

Spooky Zoo is a daytime Halloween extravaganza offering Halloween fun for the whole family.  Children Trick or Treat throughout the Zoo (while supplies last) getting the chance to visit the animals while picking up some goodies. Even the animals join in the fun enjoying nutritious, appropriate snacks along with their human friends.  There is always something for everyone including pirate lovers, sports enthusiasts, animal lovers, and generally anyone who enjoys Halloween. 

Boo at the Zoo Family Overnight - Saturday, October 19th, 2019
Starts at 6:30pm 
Event details

Snooze at the Zoo for the wildest family overnight adventure in town! The night begins with pizza and ice cream before educators engage you and your child(ren) in an owl pellet dissection, program animal encounters, and give you VIP access to the world famous Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Set up your sleeping bags in the Meller-Danforth Education Center with popcorn and a movie to snooze to. You’ll need your zzzzs before waking up with the animals! A light breakfast will be provided before a morning Zoo tour. Click for schedule of events. This program is not designed for adults without children.

WEATHER POLICY – Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the show will be open. There will be no refunds or rescheduling. Please check the website or visit Facebook for updates.

Membership Policy
Active Roger Williams Park Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets nightly for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. 


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