Great Pumpkin Fest

The biggest Halloween celebration for families in Central Massachusetts!

12th Annual Great Pumpkin Fest

Saturday, October 24, 2015

2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Thank you to the sponsors, staff, pumpkin carvers, and volunteers who made this year's event such a success!

And thank you to everyone who attended and supported our largest community fundraiser of the year!

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!

Event Schedule

Halloween happenings outside:

Walk along the Pumpkin Path

2:00-9:00 p.m. Check your map to see more than a thousand carved pumpkins as you explore different areas of our grounds

Pumpkin Carving Demonstration 

2:00-4:00 p.m. Watch a pro carver at work on the Sundial Plaza. While your there, check out the fun photo ops!

Exciting Entertainment on the Lower Courtyard

2:00-9:00 p.m. Meet radio show hosts and enjoy the latest hits with 96.1 WSRS
5:00-8:00 p.m. Fire and Glow Dancing

Pumpkin Playtime in the Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit

2:00-6:00 p.m. Kiddie Hay Crawl and Halloween Tattoos
2:00-9:00 p.m. Halloween Photo Ops
3:00-6:00 p.m. Live Music: West African Rhythm Project

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

3:45 p.m. Enrichment Interpretation - Fox (Wildlife Path) 
5:00 p.m. Enrichment Interpretation - Otter (Meadow Path)  
7:00 p.m. Enrichment Interpretation - in the Animal Corner   
Spooktacular activities inside the museum:

Throughout the museum

2:45, 4:15, 6:00, 7:30 p.m. Creature Features (Hirsh Center, lower level)
3:30, 6:45 p.m. Hair-Raising Science (Hirsh Center, lower level)
5:15, 8:15 p.m. Spooktacular Science: Great Pumpchem Fest (Hirsh Center, lower level)
2:00-5:00 p.m. Get Batty: Crafts and Bat Facts (Library, middle level)
2:00-8:30 p.m. Family Quiet Room: Halloween movie playing (Classroom A, middle level)
2:00-9:00 p.m. African Bat Cave (African Communities exhibit, lower level) 

Free planetarium shows (middle level of museum)

2:30, 3:15, 4:00, 4:45 p.m. Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
5:30, 6:15, 6:45, 7:15, 7:45, 8:15 p.m. Passport to the Universe 
Limited capacity of 100 people per show. First come, first served.

All-around fun:

Check your map to find Trick-or-Treat stations spread throughout the museum building and grounds and at our sponsors' tables. While supplies last.

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 24. 
The museum is only open during hours of the event and with ticketed admission only.


$15, EcoTarium members $12.  Children under 2 FREE. 

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event or in advance at 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.