Citizens Bank presents a drivethrough Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, November 1, 2020. Celebrate Special Places while staying safe inside your car enjoying thousands of intricately carved pumpkins as you immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Halloween season.

The trail will wind from the Zoo’s parking lot into the admissions plaza, and through a portion of the Zoo. Patrons will view pumpkins from trees, on the side of the trail, and just about everywhere the eye can see.  

The trail will be open every night 6:30 – 11:00 pm. Gates will close at 10:30 pm. Tickets are online sales ONLY and sold for each half hour. Absolutely no tickets will be sold at the gate.Tickets are $50 per vehicle; members $45 per vehicle.  Tickets may be purchased at rwpzoo.org/jols. Reciprocal membershipdiscounts and AAA discounts are not offered in 2020.

“As Citizens Bank enters our tenth consecutive season sponsoring Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, we are excited to work with the Zoo to adapt one of New England’s most highly anticipated events to allow everyone the opportunity to participate” said Barbara Cottam, Rhode Island Market Executive, Citizens Bank. “We want to insure that adults and children participate in this explosion of sights, sounds, colors, and music that makes October at the Zoo such a special time in Rhode Island.”

Dr. Jeremy Goodman, executive director of Rhode Island Zoological Society/Roger Williams Park Zoo, agreed with Cottam stating, “all of us at the Zoo want to share another season of Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular with guests.  We are grateful to Citizens Bank for their continued support.  The added benefit of a drivethrough event is no matter how chilly or even if it rains the show is open, and the pumpkins are spectacular.”

Goodman added that the Zoo is also grateful for the continuing support from Cardi’s Furniture and Mattresses. Cardi’s continues to support our work yearround, and I want to thank Ron and Peter for all they do for our Zoo.”  

Vehicle Information

Driving through Roger Williams Park Zoo is much different than strolling on the Wetlands Trail.  We ask that all our guests adhere to the following:

Large commercial or oversized vehicles, motorcycles, open side vehicles, and recreational devices (bicycles, scooters, skateboards, etc.) are not permitted.
No busses
Minivans and pickup trucks are permissible.
Roofs must be on Jeeps and convertibles.  
NO Honking!  Maximum speed 3 mph.  
Guests may not exit their vehicle during the duration of the tour. 
Tailgates, doors, and hatchbacks must be closed.  
Objects may not be thrown out of a vehicle’s window.  
Smoking and alcohol are not permitted within the zoo.  
No pets in vehicles.

Group Savings and Private Events

While COVID-19 is restricting the size of gatherings, if you have a group that would like to attend Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular or host a private event, please contactgsales@rwpzoo.org.

Weather Policy

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. Please check the website or visit Facebook for updates and our weather policy.  

Discover your “special place” at Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, October 1 – November 1.  For all the details rwpzoo.org/jols; or follow Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular on Facebook and Instagram.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction, and a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. As leaders in conservation and animal care – we create engaging experiences that empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places.  Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.


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