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Great Pumpkin Festival FAQ

What is Great Pumpkin Festival?

Great Pumpkin Festival is the museum’s family-friendly Halloween celebration with activities for visitors aged two years old and up. Pumpkins and large pumpkin structures will be on display across the 45+ acre grounds. Each evening, there will be trick-or-treating, entertainment, games, and more! We will update our schedule here as activities get added. 

When is Great Pumpkin Festival?

October 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where can I buy tickets to Great Pumpkin Festival?

All ticket links are on the main webpage here. You have the opportunity to pre-purchase tickets online for any night. 

Are there any discounts for Great Pumpkin Festival?

Tickets purchased before the day of the event will be discounted. EcoTarium members will also receive a discounted rate. Since this is a special event that supports the organization, there are no other discounts or coupons including the EBT program.

Is Great Pumpkin Festival the same every year?

Every year we strive to make Great Pumpkin Festival better than the year before. This year, new activities are planned! Check our Great Pumpkins Festival webpage for the most up-to-date information about entertainment, food, and more!

Can I/my child wear a costume?

Of course! In fact, we’d love for everyone to wear a family-friendly costume.

Will the train be operating?

The train will be operating during each evening of Great Pumpkin Festival. All train tickets must be purchased during the event and are an additional $3.00 for adults and children ($2.00 for members).

Is there parking?

Yes, there will be free parking available at the EcoTarium, across the street in the field and at nearby North High School. Parking on site will not be open until the gates open at 6 p.m.

Last year there was a lot of traffic, is this expected?

While special events on our property do always cause some traffic, we aim to improve the flow this year. This year you will be able to park before you have to buy your ticket/check-in. In addition, cars will only be able to enter through the event gate, our main gate will only be open to walk-ins. We also encourage pre-purchasing a ticket and printing it. Bring a printed pre-purchased ticket will make entry a lot faster.

Are the pumpkins real?

Our ‘funkins’ have been molded from real pumpkins and then professionally carved! While most of them aren’t real, it’s hard to tell in the dark thanks to the work of our talented artists.

Is smoking permitted on the premises?

No, smoking and vaping are prohibited on the EcoTarium grounds.

Will there be food and drink available?

Yes, there will be food and drink available on all nights. The schedule of food vendors will be regularly updated. Please be aware that some vendors are cash only and there is not an ATM on site.

Will the EcoTarium be open for regular operating hours during Great Pumpkin Festival?

During Great Pumpkin Festival the museum will close at 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday.