Providence, RI has a special talent for light and music art installations- the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is our Halloween version. It takes place on the nature trails at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI every night of the week in the month of October beginning at dusk. This year’s fun ends on November 1.
A fright seen while walking through the horror area of the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Providence, RI.
It will leave you in awe that one can do such things with pumpkins, it will make you smile at the beauty of the animals, wistful with the memories of the the people we lost this year, happy to reminisce with old movies and actors, scared in horror section and happy with the Lego Movie and childhood areas.
After my lovely experiences with sea turtles in Mexico, they are one
of my favorite animals, so I found this carving particularly delightful.
Can you tell that I love the animal carvings the best?
Because this is such a great event, there can be huge crowd and waits, but I have some suggestions to help you get around that. First of all, there is free parking, but for $10 you can park close to the entrance and exit. Secondly, buy your tickets online here and that will prevent you from having to wait in one line and they are not date specific, but are weekend or weekday specific. But the biggest and best suggestion I have it to go on a weekday (tickets are cheaper anyway) after 8 o’clock. You will still have a lot of crowds walking through the pumpkins, but won’t have to wait in hours long lines to get in.
There is fall snacks, dessert and hot drinks, even pumpkin spiced beer available at the beginning and end of the trail. We had some hot cider and donuts, which were good, but the hot chocolate wasn’t worth drinking. The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is a fall activity we return to year after year. This year on the way out we noticed illuminated swan boat rides on the park’s lake, so that will go on our adventure list for next year.