Published: October 29, 2016
One of the staple events of Rhode Island autumn is the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI. People travel to Providence from all over New England to see a Halloween spectacle unlike anything else, as 5,000 beautifully carved and illuminated Jack O’ Lanterns will go on display for the world to see. If you haven’t gotten the chance to go yet this year, there’s still time as they’re open every night even after Halloween until November 6, 2016.
Last year saw the second highest turnout in the history of the event, as they hosted over 125,000 visitors, and they’ve seen over 100,000 people in each of the last five years. In order to accommodate the large crowds, this year they’re making ticket sales available online so you can skip the line to buy tickets and go straight to the gate. This will no doubt help to speed up the process of getting in to see the remarkable display, and make for a more enjoyable experience.
This years event will be sponsored by Citizens Bank, with all proceeds going to the zoo’s animal care, environmental education, and wildlife conservation efforts. This year’s theme will be “American Treasures,” where they’ll celebrate America’s rich history through the lens of commemorative postage stamps, intricately carved into illuminated pumpkins. It’s sure to be a sight to behold, and one you won’t want to miss with friends and familiy.
Fun Facts: The Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular goes through about 30,000 pumpkins every year to put on the show, as each pumpkins will have to be replaced 4-5 times in the month that they run the show. The pumpkin waste goes to create compost.