Step into a world of Spooky Fun for Everyone as we present “The Great Jack O’Lantern Journey” – an extraordinary Halloween festival, exclusively at Southwick’s Zoo

September 28 – October 31, 2023

Explore the all-new Halloween Festival at New England’s Largest Zoo! From endearing faces to whimsical creatures, each pumpkin tells a unique story that will ignite your imagination and transport you to a new world.

Marvel at the skilled artistry that goes into each hand-carved pumpkin display, showcasing intricate designs that bring to life your favorite animals and beloved storybook characters.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Journey is open rain or shine. Tickets may be purchased online OR at the gate.

Plan your visit! See below for additional details including pricing, parking, and FAQ’s.

Event Pricing:

Admission Purchased at the Gate:

Thursdays & Sundays:

Adults: $18

Children (3-12): 18

2 and Under: Free

Fridays & Saturdays:

Adults: $25

Children (3-12): 18

2 and Under: Free

Admission Purchased Online:

Thursdays & Sundays:

Adults: $16

Children (3-12): 16

2 and Under: Free

Fridays & Saturdays:

Adults: $21

Children (3-12): 16

2 and Under: Free


Parking is always FREE at Southwick’s Zoo!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that you do not see answered below, please email guestservices@southwickszoo.com.

 Do I need to purchase tickets online? Can I purchase tickets at the door?

The Great Jack O’Lantern Journey guests can purchase tickets online or at the entrance.


I have unused zoo admission tickets. Can I use them to visit The Great Jack O’Lantern Journey?

Zoo admission tickets cannot be used for The Great Jack O’Lantern Journey. This Halloween Festival requires its own separate ticket purchased either online or in person. There is not an EARTH Member discount for The Great Jack O’Lantern Journey admission.


Can I show my ticket on my phone?

You can show your ticket on your phone, however, for faster entry, we strongly recommend printing your ticket out.


What happens if it rains or snows? Can I reschedule my ticket if needed?

Please visit our website at www.southwickszoo.com or our Facebook page for updates if weather conditions are severe.

If you need to reschedule your ticket, please email guestservices@southwickszoo.com and include: 1.) your Reservation ID number, 2.) your original ticket date and time, and 3.) your new desired ticket date and time.

You may also reach our Guest Services calling 1-800-258-9182 ext 211. If you call outside of hours of operation or are unable to reach a zoo employee, please leave a message, and Guest Services will return your call when available.


Do we have to bring a stroller, or can we rent one?

You can bring your own stroller. Rentals are not available for special events including The Great Jack O’Lantern Journey.


Will the gift shop be open?

Yes, the Purple Peacock Gift Shop will be open.


Will there be food available to purchase?

Yes! Park food venue(s) will be open for concessions and special bakery items. Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern will also be open for on-site dining and takeout. Visit www.gallifords.com for current hours and menus.


Will I see any animals?

 Animals at Southwick’s Zoo have the option to go indoors at anytime and some may be kept indoors in the event of very cold temperatures. As this is a nighttime event, we cannot guarantee what animals will be outside and viewable during The Great Jack O’Lantern Journey.


Can I bring my pets?

Pets are not allowed onto zoo grounds, so they CANNOT be brought to The Great Jack O’Lantern Journey. The only exception is service dogs.