Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns

October 12-16 & 19-23, 2022

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 our Halloween event. In the crisp air of fall, Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns features only real pumpkins. 

Featured pumpkins—carved by professionals—include images of superheroes, celebrities, and nods to Chicago. On a paved path, the evening takes on a festive air, with costumed entertainers and live carving demos, along with seasonal light fare and drinks for purchase.

intricately carved pumpkins
Live carving
Couple looking at the pumpkins

Buy Parking in Advance

Buy Parking

A $20 parking fee applies for all nonmember Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns ticket holders 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.

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.

With visitor safety in mind, we will continue to follow COVID-19 recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Cook County Department of Public Health. The trail is one way, with a separate entrance and exit, and there is extra space between pumpkins to allow for social distancing.