These pictures from my family's 2010 visit to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, will give you a sense of the amazing pumpkin carving artistry on display. What they can't do is recreate the experience of strolling through a Halloween dreamland filled with musical effects, shadowy trees, watery reflections, billowy fog and thousands of unblinking pairs of glowing eyeballs.
Two options: Use your imagination as you click through these scenes, or hurry to Providence! The 2012 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular runs nightly from 6 to 11 p.m. (last admission at 10 p.m.) October 4-November 3, 2012. The attraction stays open until midnight Saturdays and on Sunday, October 7.
How has the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular grown since the first display in 1988? Who carves these intricate designs? And just how many jack-o-lanterns will you see? I'll answer these questions and share tips for your trip in the pages of this photo tour.
- Not Your Neighborhood Halloween DisplayJack-O-Lantern Spectacular is Not Your Neighborhood Halloween Display - Grinning Pumpkin Faces Photo
- Humble BeginningsGreat Pumpkin Pumpkin Carving - JackoLantern Spectacular in Providence Had Humble Beginnings
- Otherworldly OrbsJack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo - Alien Pumpkin Carving Design
- Creatures of the NightJackoLantern Spectacular Photo - 5,000 Illuminated Jack-O-Lanterns On Display
- How Long Do They Last?Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular - How Long Do Jack-O-Lanterns Last?
- Lost WorldJackolantern Spectacular Picture - Prolong Life of JackoLanterns with Bleach Solution
- Jurassic Jack-O-LanternsDinosaur Pumpkin Carving Design - Jurassic Jack-O-Lanterns at JackOLantern Spectacular
- Next Stop: AfricaLion Pumpkin Carving - Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Roger Williams Park Zoo
- Primates Can't CarveGorilla Jackolantern - Animal Pumpkin Carving Designs at Zoo Jackolantern Spectacular
- The Dawn of ManJack-O-Lantern Spectacular Picture - Dawn of Man
- Incredible DetailMona Lisa Pumpkin Carving - Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Features Incredibly Detailed Pumpkin Carvings
- Works of ArtRenaissance Pumpkin Carving Mona Lisa - JackoLantern Spectacular Roger Williams Park Zoo