Halloween is by far one of my family’s favorite holidays! We decorate quite a bit as we near mid-September and by the time we’re carving pumpkins, we’ve already made some pumpkin pie, scented the house with pumpkin spice and quite honestly consumed a small pumpkin patch worth of pumpkin beer. So it seemed only fitting on our trip in New England this past month to try out what we had heard was one of the biggest and best collections of pumpkin carvings we would ever see. The fifth year to hold the event, the Roger Williams Zoo treats the ghosts and goblins to a fantastic array of pumpkins that push the imagination of carving to an entirely different level. Our family has watched enough Halloween Wars to see some pretty extraordinary jack-o-lanterns, but never this many, on this level, in one place. 2014’s display promised to be one of the best with a theme of A-Z. Pumpkins carved with an emphasis on a certain letter. For instance, nobody expected to be in the Christmas spirit in October (except the retailers), but when you round the corner to the sounds of Bing Crosby and eye pumpkins that have Rudolph, Santa and the like. Well, we were ready for some eggnog to say the least. From vampires to oompah loompahs and everything in-between, we were stunned at the sheer volume of pumpkins. More than 5,000 we were told and by all accounts, that number may have fallen short. Everywhere you looked, carved pumpkins as far as the eye could see. Of course it was dark, so there’s that.
Speaking of dark, we had made this stop the last of the night on our trip to Providence. Luckily, the zoo is open on the Saturdays for this event until midnight with the last group being allowed in at 11:00. Most other days it closes earlier, but the best part was the fact that we were of a sparse crowd. So much so that at times, we could find ourselves virtually alone in this maze of pumpkins. Eerie and enjoyable all at the same time. The event is a bit pricey, but about what you’d expect from most zoos these days with pricing. It costs a total of around $60 for our family of four, but before you laugh it off, it may have been one of the more fascinating experiences in a part of the country that has a tremendous amount of entertainment to offer. My only wish is that we lived a bit closer to experience the event every year. Super experience for a gloriously terrifying holiday! Be sure to put it on your scary list next year!
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