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Get Halloween Ready at The Night of 1000 Jack-O’-Lanterns

Get Halloween Ready at The Night of 1000 Jack-O’-Lanterns

Mark your calendars, The Night of 1000 Jack-O’-Lanterns comes to the Chicago Botanic Garden this month!


From Thursday, October 26 to Sunday, October 29, the Chicago Botanic Garden will come alive in the night with over 1000 hand-carved pumpkins, each carved by artists from Rise of the Jack-o’-Lanterns. The New-York based company creates mind-blowing carvings for events all across the country. Some of these spectacular jack-o’-lanterns will weigh as much as 150 pounds. The festive works of art will line a paved path beginning at the Esplanade. Along the route, you’ll find costumed characters, live pumpkin carvings and the Model Railroad Garden’s spooky locomotives.

Before you head down the path, be sure to grab some warm cider on the esplanade. Other seasonal treats will be available at the Regenstein Fruit and Vegetable Garden along the way.

You won’t find another event like Night of 1000 Jack-o’-Lanterns anywhere in Chicago. The event is a great family-friendly way to spend an evening getting into the Halloween spirit. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance, as prices go up after October 25.



Looking for something ~spookier~ this Halloween? Check out our Ultimate Halloween Guide for info on Chicago’s best haunted houses, parties, trick-or-treating and more!

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Molly earned her B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Loyola University Chicago in 2016 and is currently an M.F.A. candidate at Northwestern University specializing in creative nonfiction. Her writing subjects include everything from family to identity to nature and she's always daydreaming about her next story. When she's not writing she's likely spending time with her own pets or volunteering at her local animal shelter. She's always up for trying something new or visiting someplace she's never been.

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