Great Pumpkin Nights

The biggest Halloween celebration for families in Central Massachusetts!

October 19-22, 26-29 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Now in its 14th year, the event has grown to 8 nights in 2017.

Join us for an all-ages Halloween spectacular with more than 3,000 professionally carved pumpkins lit up in stunning displays, take a train ride on the Explorer Express Train presented by the Worcester Railers HC (additional ticket required, purchase at event), plus, enjoy traditional trick-or-treating, entertainment, and more. These striking pumpkin displays of dinosaurs, safari animals, and beautifully carved jack-o'-lanterns will captivate you as you stroll the EcoTarium's gorgeous grounds.  

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. 


  • $16 general public
  • $12 EcoTarium Members
  • Children under 2 free
  • $12 Group rate tickets are available for 20 or more, please call EcoTarium Reservations at 508.929.2703

Proceeds benefit EcoTarium. No passes, coupons, or discounts apply. 

Advance ticket purchase recommended as tickets are limited for each night and may sell out. Purchase your tickets below. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please note that Train tickets are additional and can be purchased at the train station during each night of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Special Membership Offer

Buy a membership along with your Great Pumpkin Night Tickets and receive the member discount as well as 6 free train passes. Three lucky winners will have their membership upgraded to the Navigator level free of charge. Click on your preferred date below to learn more.

Event Schedule

Nightly Entertainment:

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Fire Gypsy will delight audiences as the Pumpkin Princess Stiltwalker followed by a fire show!

Fun for the Kids:

6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Face painting and traditional trick-or-treating


6:00 - 8:00 p.m. One or more local purveyors of food will be available each night

Special Events:
Fridays, October 20 & 27, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 Meet Tony Bristol and the 96 1 SRS Street Team

* Check back for updated information!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available - learn more by browsing the Great Pumpkin Nights Corporate Sponsorship Packet. For additional information call Tracy Dill at 508.929.2715 or email

Thank You!

Thank you to all of the community carvers who have participated in previous Great Pumpkin Fest events. Due to the format of Great Pumpkin Nights, we no longer need community carvers.

Buy Tickets

Tickets for Thursday, October 19 

Tickets for Friday, October 20

Tickets for Saturday, October 21 

Tickets for Sunday, October 22

Tickets for Thursday, October 26 

Tickets for Friday, October 27 

Tickets for Saturday, October 28 

Tickets for Sunday, October 29