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Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns

October 16 – 20 and October 23 – 27, 2019
6:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale soon!

Garden members get earliest access to tickets for this spectacularly unique Halloween experience. Become a member today.
Advance tickets go on sale August 26, and are available to members only through September 2.
On September 3, tickets will be available to the public.
All advance tickets purchased before October 15 are $16 for adults/$13 for children (3 – 12), with members receiving $2 off each ticket. 

Think spooky cool

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 takes advantage of the Garden's glorious fall setting, and features only real pumpkins, both carved and painted. It's an unforgettable experience. 

No fairy godmother here

Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists for the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway, starting at the Esplanade. Along the way, encounter entertaining characters, watch live carving, 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.

The Garden will close each day at 5 p.m. and will reopen at 6 p.m. for ticketed guests only. This event will take place rain or shine. Tripods and monopods are not allowed during event hours.

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