Great Pumpkin Nights | EcoTarium

Great Pumpkin Nights

The biggest Halloween celebration for families in Central Massachusetts!

We’d like to thank everyone who joined us for Great Pumpkin Nights 2017, especially our sponsors Escape Games Worcester, 96-1 SRS, Commerce Bank & Trust, Worcester Railers HC, Worcester Magazine, Discover Central Massachusetts, Bay State Savings Bank, Reliant Medical Group, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Fidelity Bank MA, Table Talk Pies, Mercier Electric Company, Green World Vision, Bollus Lynch, Bose, and Mercantile Center.

We can’t wait for next year!


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. Great Pumpkin Nights is a special event fundraiser to support the museum.

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 Nights Tickets and receive the member discount as well as 6 free train passes. Click on your preferred date below to learn more.

Event Schedule

Entertainment 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (nightly):
The Fire Gypsy will delight audiences as the Pumpkin Princess Stilt Walker and a fire show!

Fun for the Kids 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. (nightly):
Face painting and traditional trick-or-treating (while supplies last)

Food and Novelties 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.:
Thursday-Sunday, October 19-22  Jerry's Famous Soft Serve (and other foods), Eric's LaPatisserie , and Clearview Farm
Thursday-Sunday, October 26-29* Jerry's Famous Soft Serve (and other foods), Eric's LaPatisserie , Clearview FarmThe Dogfather, and Say Cheese*
Friday, October 20, Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27 Table Talk Pies (free pies to the first 150 people)

*Sorry, Say Cheese is not available Saturday, October 28

For Adults 21+ 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.:
Wormtown Brewery Tent will offer a selection of craft beer featuring the exclusive Table Talk Pumpkin Pie Ale and wine

Special Events:
Friday, October 27, from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Meet TRAX from the Worcester Railers HC
Fridays, October 20 & 27, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Meet Tony Bristol and the 96 1 SRS Street Team

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

October 21 - SOLD OUT

Tickets for Sunday, October 22

Tickets for Thursday, October 26 

Tickets for Friday, October 27 

Tickets for Saturday, October 28