The Halloween festival will feature over 1,000 brilliantly hand-carved pumpkins!
This year, the Chicago Botanic Garden is going full Tim Burton with their Halloween event, Night of 1,000 Jack-O-Lanterns, for 10 spooky nights starting October 14! [Featured image via facebook.com/chicagobotanicgarden]
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 this October you’re in for a treat.
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!
“Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists for the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single pumpkin. The LED-lit jack-o’-lanterns will be staged along a festive, paved pathway,” the Botanic Garden wrote on their event’s webpage.
In addition to the pumpkin artistry, the Botanic Garden will be offering seasonal drinks and snacks that included but aren’t limited to spiked cider and ale.
Tickets for the event ($16-$18 for adults, $12-$14 for children) are on sale now to members, with public tickets going on sale September 16. Non-members must purchase parking ($20) in addition to their advanced ticket purchase — unless transportation is via ride-share or otherwise. Garden members are permitted free parking.
Due to the surrounding circumstances, the Botanic Garden is requiring face coverings for all visitors over the age of 2. Additionally, there will be a longer one-way trail, separate entrance and exit, and a limited capacity.
Night of 1,000 Jack-O-Lanterns will run from October 14-18, and October 21 – 25 from 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm.