Great Pumpkin Fest

The biggest Halloween celebration for families in Central Massachusetts!

Saturday, October 25, 2:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon and evening of family-friendly Halloween fun, including:

  • Creative displays of more than 1,000 carved pumpkins, lit after dark
  • Full access to museum and grounds
  • Free digital planetarium shows (limited seating)
  • Spooktacular science programs
  • Trick-or-treating (while supplies last)
  • Entertainment and fun for all ages!
  • New for 2014: A heart-pounding walk through the Fallout Zone (recommended for older "kids").

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 25. 
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 online or at the EcoTarium Tickets & Information Desk. 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.

Klem's Rewards Members, click below for a special offer:

Please note: We are working to update the Explorer Express Train and its tracks, so our train will not be open during the event and due to construction on certain areas of the property, we will not be able to offer hay rides. With all of the Spooktacular science and entertainment, the evening will be full of fun!

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