Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

The second annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular has started at the Minnesota Zoo and is continuing through November 3, 2019. Marvel at the 5,000 carved pumpkins as you walk the trail and get inspiration to carve your own pumpkin at home.

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular starts with about a 10 minute walk to get to the start of the trail of pumpkins. Once you are immersed in the sea of pumpkins, it can take about 40 minutes to an hour to walk through. So make sure to bring shoes that are comfortable to walk in.

History of the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

The first years theme at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular was travel through time. It started with dinosaurs and ended with the present time. This years theme is all around the world and exploring different countries around the world. And I cant wait to see what they bring out next year! 

Who Will Enjoy Minnesota’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular?

If you’re looking for a way to spend an evening with a loved one, look no further. It’s perfect for a date night and/or family night. Or plan on a specially carved pumpkin “Will you marry me Emily?” to get engaged in front of. Congrats Emily, on such a magical engagement!

How Much Does It Cost?

Tickets are sold online only and valid only for date selected. Non-refundable.

Sunday – Thursday:
Adults – $18, Child (3-12) & Senior(65+) – $16
Child (2 and under) free (must “purchase” a free ticket for children under 3)
Members $2 off adult, $1 off Child & Senior

Friday – Saturday and MEA Wednesday – Thursday:
Adults – $20, Child (3 -12 )& Senior – $18
Child (2 and under) free
Members $2 off adult, $1 off Child & Senior

What to Wear at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular?

Besides comfortable shoes for the long walk. Fall time in Minnesota can get brisk. Don’t forget to bundle up. 

I tend to be cold all the time so I put on two leggings (one of which was fleece), layered up with 4 shirts, a winter jacket, and tall brown calf boots and I was very comfortable. My husband on the other hand was looking good in tennis shoes, jeans, t-shirt and flannel shirt, and a winter jacket.

Where is Waldo and Carmen?

When we got to the end of the pumpkin trail we noticed a pumpkin asking if we saw Waldo and Carmen. Had I known this I would have been looking for them and played a game with my husband. We ended up looking through our photos that we had taken to try and find Waldo and found him a couple times.

I want to know where did you find Waldo, please comment below.

How To Get There?

Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Blvd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Just 10 minutes south of the Mall of America. Head to Hwy 77 then County Road 38 watch for the easy to follow brown MN Zoo signs.

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