Hand-carved pumpkins light up the night

Doing things differently in 2021

We made changes this year, with the health and safety of our visitors and Garden staff in mind. The trail is one way, with separate entrance and exit, and there is extra space between pumpkins to allow for social distancing. Face coverings are required for anyone 2 years and older.

intricately carved pumpkins
Live carving
Couple looking at the pumpkins

See amazingly intricate carved pumpkins

More than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at our Halloween event. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns takes advantage of the Garden's glorious fall setting, and features only real pumpkins. It's an unforgettable experience. 

Boo-tanical garden trail

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.

Ghoulish drinks & eats

Seasonal drinks and snacks such as spiked cider and ale will be available.

Parking for ticket holding nonmembers

A $20 parking fee applies for all nonmember Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns ticketholders each night of the event. You must buy parking online in advance, or you can become a Garden member and always park for free. Parking fee does not apply to those arriving via a ride-share vehicle. Gates open each night at 6 p.m. to event ticket holders.

Limited complimentary parking for the following: active duty U.S. military personnel and/or their families, reservists, and former POWs. Please show valid ID at the gatehouse upon entry.

Note: Complimentary parking for corporate partners, reciprocal members (i.e., Morton Arboretum, Cantigny Park), and teachers does not apply to nighttime ticketed events.

COVID-19 notice

The health and safety of our staff and our visitors is our top priority. This year, we've made modifications to allow for social distancing. In addition, Model Railroad: Landmarks of America will not be part of Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns. We continue to monitor state guidelines in response to the COVID-19 health crisis.

New procedures include:

Face coverings are required for anyone 2 years and older
Limited capacity
Longer, one-way trail
Separate entrance and exit
Keeping the entire event outdoors

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.

Generously supported by
Plante Moran