The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is back this year at The Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley  from October 1-November 7. This incredible display is an unbelievable sight of pumpkins by the thousands that have been carefully carved and lit up. This is the third year of the event at the Zoo even though they had to cancel last year due to the pandemic, making this season even more special.

In case you are wondering who carves all these pumpkins the answer is a company called Passion for Pumpkins from Oxford, MA . They do the designs and carve over 5,000 illuminated pumpkins you see on the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Trail. Passion for Pumpkins produces shows around the country.

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According to the Minnesota Zoo website, this is a family-friendly event for all ages, but the entire trail is outside so you need to dress for the weather, plus there is quite a bit of walking involved. The walk to the entrance of the trail takes about 10 minutes and then the walk through the actual trail is a quarter mile long and takes an average of 40-45 minutes. Plus depending when you go, there could be an additional wait time to get into the trail. If possible it is encouraged to go during the week when it is not as crowded. Stroller and wheelchair rental is available on a first come first serve basis, and the entire trail is accessible.

All tickets must be purchased in advance, for more information or to purchase tickets click here. Check out the video below from 2019, the theme is not the same this year but it can give you an idea on just how truly spectacular this display is!

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