Jack-O'-Lantern Nights

Thursday, September 26 - Sunday, November 3

Over 1,000 Jack-O'-Lanterns will light up the night!

In the crisp fall air, stroll through the Zoo along a dedicated paved pathway and become immersed in dazzling lights and charming decorations. The intricately designed jack-o’-lanterns will look like pieces of art during the day and come to life at night for all to see. There will be an abundance of custom designs to discover including cats, owls, scarecrows, and more Halloween-themed creations. To compliment the jack-o’-lanterns, there will be enchanting light displays throughout the route. Within the event, the Zoo will be hosting a decorating contest that businesses and organizations can sign up to participate in. Guests will be able to vote on their favorite decorated space and the winner will be announced at the end of the event. As you take in the delightful sights, warm up with seasonal food and beverages on site.

Enjoy the pumpkin sculptures! These large structures will consist of multiple pumpkins placed together in the shape of an animal with details carved into them. Some animals that may be included are a giraffe, rhino, zebra, African penguin, kangaroo, orangutan, lion, tiger, emperor tamarin, lynx, and snake.



  • Thursdays – Sundays
  • 6pm – 10pm (Last admission at 9:30pm)



  • $10 per person 
  • Free for 2 years and younger

(Admission is only available at the door. Cash or credit card accepted.) This does not include admission to the Zoo during the day. This is a separate nighttime event. There are no discounts for Zoo members.


Please note:

  • Only purchase tickets at Racine Zoo. All other places tickets may be sold are a scam.
  • Proceeds benefit the animals and programs of the Racine Zoo.


About Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns, the professional artists

The Zoo is working with the company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns, based in New York, to create these festive masterpieces to line the walkways of the Zoo in a glorious fall setting. Using scalpels, knives, gouges, and power tools, artists for Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns spend up to 15 hours sculpting a single jack-o'-lantern. They have done incredible jack-o'-lantern shows in New York and we want to bring their creativity to southeast Wisconsin.


About Traditions Holiday Lighting and Seasonal Decor, the lighting professionals

Traditions Holiday Lighting and Seasonal Decor was founded in 2011 and is based in Wisconsin, providing services to clients from Green Bay to Lake Geneva. They specialize in holiday lighting and landscape lighting, combining high quality products with a unique design and personal touch.


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email Beth Heidorn at bheidorn@racinezoo.org!