Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns
Thursday – Sunday, October 26 – 29, 2017
The Garden will close each day at 5 p.m. and will reopen at 6 p.m. for ticketed guests only.
Think spooky cool
In a new Halloween event called Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area.
No fairy godmother here
Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists for the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns can spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. Images carved on the pumpkins will include Chicago icons (Willis Tower); classic Halloween characters (Frankenstein and Dracula); Garden “monsters” (Venus flytrap and Sprout the titan arum); and intricate artwork representing Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, and view the ghostly trains in the Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America.
Ghoulish eats & drinks
Purchase light snacks and drinks such as cider and ale on the Esplanade before you head onto the path. Along the path, stop over at the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden for more hearty seasonal fare, including meatball sliders, vegetarian chili, and PB&J for the kids.
Tripods and monopods are not allowed during event hours.
Groupon & Travelzoo customers
Groupon and Travelzoo customers are welcome to come any time after the gates open at 6 p.m. Use our Member lane for ease of entry when driving in; you must show your voucher at the gatehouse for entry.
Please stop at the ticket booth just in front of the Visitor Center on your way in to redeem your voucher for an actual timed ticket. Timed tickets are every 15 minutes from 6:30 to 10 p.m. For the best overall experience, we suggest you come after 8 p.m. if possible, as we expect large crowds for the earlier timeslots.
Generously supported by the Helen V. Froehlich Foundation.