Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns

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October 12 – 16 & 19 – 23, 2022

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 favorite Halloween characters, 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.

Night of 1000 Jack-o-lanterns
Night of 1000 Jack-o-lanterns
Night of 1000 Jack-o-lanterns

A $10 parking fee applies in advance, $20 night of event for all nonmember 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. Gates open each night at 6 p.m. to event ticket holders.

Parking fee does not apply to those arriving via a ride-share vehicle. 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. We will continue to follow all state and local COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time of the event.