Great Pumpkin Fest

The biggest Halloween celebration for families in Central Massachusetts!

Save the Date!

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

This page will be updated closer to the event date. Be sure to check back to find out about all of the fun happenings and complete 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

Exciting Entertainment on the Lower Courtyard

2:00-9:00 p.m. Meet radio show hosts and enjoy the latest hits with 96.1 SRS

Pumpkin Playtime in the Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit

Schedule to be posted closer to the event date. Be sure to check back!

Spooktacular activities inside the museum:

Schedule to be posted closer to the event date. Be sure to check back!

Free planetarium shows (middle level of museum)

Schedule to be posted closer to the event date. Be sure to check back!
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 22. 
The museum is only open during hours of the event 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 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.

Item Options
Great Pumpkin Fest 2016 Ticket

Children under 2 free