Great Pumpkin Fest

The biggest Halloween celebration for families in Central Massachusetts!

13th Annual Great Pumpkin Fest - Saturday, October 22, 2016

Join us for an afternoon and evening of family-friendly Halloween fun! More than a thousand carved pumpkins will be lit up and on display, plus enjoy trick-or-treating, exciting entertainment, and more!

  • Creative displays of more than 1,000 carved pumpkins, lit after dark
  • Spooktacular science programs and "Creature Features"
  • Full access to museum exhibits and grounds
  • Free digital planetarium shows (limited seating)
  • Trick-or-treating (while supplies last)
  • Entertainment and fun for all ages!

Event Schedule

Halloween happenings outside:

Walk along the Pumpkin Path

2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. See more than a thousand carved pumpkins as you explore different areas of our grounds

Fall Fun on the Sundial Plaza

  • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pumpkin Carving Demo by Brian Sullivan 
  • 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Mini Hay Maze 
  • 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Table Talk Pies – Pumpkin Ring Toss 
  • 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Polar Beverages – Beverage Sampling (while supplies last)

Exciting Entertainment on the Lower Courtyard

  • 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Meet radio show hosts and enjoy the latest hits with 96.1 SRS
  • 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Kids' Costume Parade
    Begins in Lower Courtyard, Ends in Nature Explore Outdoor Exhibit

Science Thrills in the Event Tent

3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.  Science from Scientists Presents: Science Thrills Live!

Take a ride on the Explorer Express Train*

2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(Train will be closed for a scheduled break from 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.)

*Ticket purchase required. Ticket pricing: $3.00/$2.00 EcoTarium members (limited ticket availability). Tickets available at the Train Station only

From 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., meet the Worcester Railers HC’s Trax! 

Pumpkin Playtime in the Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit

3:00 p.m. "The Trick or Treat Magic Show" with Magician Debbie O'Carroll

Activities inside the museum:

Adeventure the Upper Level

2:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Get your Trick-or-Treat bag from the Commerce Bank sponsor booth (while supplies last)

Monster-ous Fun on the Middle Level

Tricks and Treats on the Lower Level

  • 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Bat Cave and Trick-or-Treat (while supplies last) at the African Communities exhibit
  • 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Action! Worcester Trick-or-Treat (while supplies last)

Spooktacular Science in the Hirsh Telecommunications Center (on Lower Level)

  • 2:45, 4:15, 6:00, and 7:30 p.m. Creature Feature   
  • 3:30, 5:15, 6:45, and 8:15 p.m. Spooktacular Science  

Friendly Halloween costumes are encouraged! Bring a flashlight to light your way at night and be sure to dress for the weather. This event takes place rain or shine.


Light dinner items, snacks, and festival foods will be available for purchase throughout the event.  In addition, picnicking is welcome on the EcoTarium grounds.  Beverage and snack vending machines are available inside the museum on the Middle Level.


Free parking is available on the EcoTarium property as space allows. Since Great Pumpkin Fest is a very busy event, be prepared to park off-site and to walk to the museum.

Regular EcoTarium admission fees and hours do not apply on October 22. 
The museum is only open during hours of the event (2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) and with ticketed admission only.


$16, EcoTarium members $12. Children under 2 FREE. 

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event, or in advance online or at the Tickets and Information Desk inside the museum. Tickets are for one-time use, with no re-admittance during the event. For more information, please call 508.929.2700.

No coupons or discounts may be applied for Great Pumpkin Fest, and there are no refunds.  Proceeds benefit the EcoTarium.

Online ticket sales end on October 14, 2016.

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Great Pumpkin Fest 2016 Ticket

Children under 2 free