While there are plenty of things to do in Chicago this September, if you’re like us and just can’t get enough pumpkin in your life — whether it’s pumpkin spice latés, pumpkin beer, or pumpkin pie — then you’ll likely have one eye on October in anticipation of the many popular fall events that are beginning to announce themselves.
Night of 1,000 Jack-O-Lanterns at the Chicago Botanic Garden is one of these and it recently announced that it will be going full Tim Burton once again next month for 10 spooky nights starting Wednesday, October 11!
Even though you won’t be able to eat any of the pumpkins on display at Chicago Botanic Garden’s Night of 1,000 Jack O’Lanterns, you can still admire the brilliant intricateness of the many many hand-carved pumpkins — with some weighing up to 150 pounds!
Carved by professionals, the many masterfully modeled pumpkins will include images of favorite Halloween characters, celebrities, and nods to Chicago.
A paved path will invite guests to wander through various events in the festive evening air and experience costumed entertainers and live carving demos while enjoying seasonal light fare and fall-themed drinks for purchase.
Taking place from Wednesday, October 11 through Sunday, October 15, and then again from Wednesday, October 18 through Sunday, October 22, Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns will open from 6:30 until 10:30 pm each day with the last entry at 10 pm.
According to the Chicago Botanic Garden website, “artist-carved pumpkins light your way through the Garden after dark. You’ll find costumed entertainers and live carving demos along our paved path, as well as seasonal light fare and drinks for purchase.”
Advance tickets are $19 for adult members and $21 for nonmembers while children can enter for $13 if members and $15 if not. In all cases children aged 2 & under go free. Advance ticket pricing is available through October 10 before day-of ticket pricing starts October 11 for any available slots remaining.
Tickets and more information can be found at chicagobotanic.org/halloween.
[Featured image courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden]