Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular celebrating 75 years of television


Everyone should put down the remote, shut off the streaming and make sure they don’t miss this year’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo, celebrating 75 years of television. Presented by Citizens, guests will share in the nostalgia of their favorite TV shows, artistically carved on thousands of pumpkins. From Mr. Ed to The Walking Dead, this year’s Spectacular has something for everyone.  Guests will have a “yabba-dabba-do time” while “taking a break from all their troubles,” as the shows’ musical theme songs accompany the experience.   The Spectacular opens September 29 and runs through October 31, 2022.

All tickets are only available online and must be purchased in advance.

Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday): Available for purchase ONLINE ONLY and timed ticket entry requires pre-registration. Adult $21; Child $18 (ages 2-12); toddlers 1 and under are always free

 Value Nights (Monday through Thursday): Available for purchase ONLINE ONLY and timed ticket entry requires pre-registration. Adult $18, Child $15 (ages 2-12); toddlers 1 and under are always free

Roger Williams Park Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets nightly. Members must purchase their tickets online.

Family Fun Nights: 6:00 – 8:00 pm Included with the price of admission. Guests must be in the line by 7:45 pm.

Family Fun Nights have special themes for the whole family.  Enjoy meet & greets with your favorite costumed characters before hopping on the pumpkin trail.  All events are 6:00 – 8:00 pm and included in the price of the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular ticket.

Princess Nights (Tuesdays: October 11 & 18): Meet and take photos with your favorite fairy tale princesses and princes

Superhero Nights (Wednesdays: October 12 & 19): Meet and take photos with your favorite superhero characters

Sensory-Friendly Nights: Join us for a special sensory-friendly Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular an hour before the trail opens to the public: designed for those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences and their families from 5:00 – 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 25 and Wednesday, October 26th.  The over 5000 pumpkins will light up the Zoo’s Wetlands Trail for maximum enjoyment, but there will be no music or special effects.

Tickets are available for purchase in person only at the Zoo’s admissions booth. Check rwpzoo.org/jols for ticket information.

Spooky Zoo: Spooky Zoo is back, offering daytime outdoor autumn activities for the whole family! Come trick-or-treat (while supplies last) with us on Saturday, October 22nd, and October 29th from 10:00-3:00 pm. Activities are free with Zoo admission and costumes are encouraged. All activities are weather permitting and while supplies last.  Rain dates are Sunday, October 23rd, and October 30th.

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 call in advance, check the website or visit Facebook for updates and weather policy.

Proceeds from the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular support the Zoo’s ongoing animal care, education programs and conservation initiatives. Thank you for helping us save wildlife and wild places!

To purchase tickets, visit www.rwpzoo.org/jols.


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