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Jack O’Lantern Spectacular

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Another Best Friend’s Day in the books! Our most recent adventure took us just a touch South to my old stomping grounds. We gathered up the kiddos and headed to Roger Williams Park Zoo for the annual Jack O’Lantern Spectacular.

How to See the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular

Step 1 – get your tickets ahead of time + grab your besties

Jack O'Lantern Spectacular

This year is the first time online purchase has been available. When you have tots in tow, being able to waltz past the long ticket line with your tickets brings a little ease into your life. (If not feeling just a touch ‘red carpet.’)

Step 2 – Plan to arrive just before dusk

Right around 6-6:30pm is the optimal time. Plan for a little traffic getting through downtown Providence. You can park in the designated lots for free and walk to the park or shell out $10 for upfront parking.

There was still light while we munched our snacks and got some photos. Just as we crossed the threshold to the trail, the sun was setting.

Jack O'Lantern Spectacular

Step 3 – Get your snacks.

Case in point, these apple sugar mini doughnuts. Or for healthy treats, pack up some of these Skinny Peanut Butter Energy Balls.

Jack O'Lantern Spectacular

Step 4 – Walk the trail + Enjoy!

Pretty simple right? We like simple.

Each year the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular has a theme, this year you’ll walk through carved artwork with Time Travel inspiration. Starting in the Jurassic, through the Rome and Egypt, the roaring 20s and ending with more current works featuring pop icons. So much to take in, another pumpkin outdoing the last.

Jack O'Lantern Spectacular

Walking the trail can take a little as 15 minutes or as long as you’d like once you set your own pace. For families with small ones, about 30 minutes. Long enough to enjoy, quick enough to avoid melt downs, and short enough to leave the stroller in the car. Looking for a festive, all ages event? Head to the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo!

Jack O'Lantern Spectacular

Jack O'Lantern Spectacular

Jack O'Lantern Spectacular

Jack O'Lantern Spectacular





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Friday 27th of October 2017

Can I have those donuts because they look so good! And those pumpkins are amazing!


Friday 27th of October 2017

This place looks like an absolute blast!!! I wish I would have had more time to do some fun things this month but life has been crazy. Hopefully next year!!

Christie Brown

Friday 27th of October 2017

Whaaaaattt?! This looks so cool! Some of those pumpkins are amazingly decorated! This looks like it would be such a fun event to take to family to. I wish we did Halloween here in Australia. :(

Christie's Take on Life. xx


Friday 27th of October 2017

Wow, these are totally awesome! These take some skills! I'm just happy making a smiley face on mine!

Lynn Woods

Thursday 26th of October 2017

Oh, this looks so much fun! Those Apple cinnamon mini donuts are so yummy! When we have festivals here, there is usually a food truck that has them. Love them!