Last Thursday was opening night for the Jack O' Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence!

The RW Zoo did not disappoint, they had a fab display of pumpkins, with this year's presentation titled “Jack-O-Lanterns from A to Z.”  It included a section of carved pumpkins in alphabetical order, highlighting different time periods from history and pop culture, and even included a Christmas display accompanied by Christmas music.

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They also had a legends display, featuring stars that we unfortunately lost this year, like Joan Rivers, Robin Williams, Sophia Loren, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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The rain ended up holding off until after we had walked through the 5,000 illuminated pumpkins, but it was a bit chilly on opening night, I was glad I remembered a jacket.

Some of the pumpkin carvings were so detailed, I thought it must have taken HOURS to get the pumpkin to look that way!  Here's a few examples of the beautiful, detailed carvings:

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Right before the end of the spectacular, we saw a Michael Rock favorite...a Tom Brady pumpkin! I snapped this pic and sent it to him of course.

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The Jack O' Lantern Spectacular was just that, always a fun time had by all and a perfect event to kick start the fall and Halloween season.  The impressive display will be open to the public every night until November 2nd, from 6 to 11pm, with the last admission at 10pm. Tickets from Monday to Thursday are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $9 for kids 3 to 12. If you're waiting til the weekend, tickets are $16 adults, $14 seniors and $13 children ages 3 to 12 from Friday to Sunday; children two and under are admitted for free. For more information, you can visit the Roger Williams Park Zoo website.