More than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins—some as large as 150 pounds—will light up the night at our Halloween event. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns takes advantage of the Garden's glorious fall setting, and features only real pumpkins. It's an unforgettable experience. Seasonal drinks and snacks such as spiked cider and ale will be available along the trail. Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists for the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway.
Chicago Botanic Garden made changes this year, with the health and safety of their visitors and Garden staff in mind. The trail is one way, with separate entrance and exit, and there is extra space between pumpkins to allow for social distancing. Face coverings are required for anyone 2 years and older.