This will be yet another fun Halloween event in Wichita for 2021. Botanica will be hosting the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular again this year from October 13 through 16.
There’s even a way you can get in FREE to this event if you want to volunteer for some of the help they need to put on the event.
For four days this October, Botanica will be transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haunt, complete with 1000 lighted jack-o-lanterns, a haunted woodland walk, live bands, food trucks, fire pits for s’mores, and pumpkin sculptures.
This will be a fun fall activity – break out those sweaters, boots, and scarves. The information on the Botanica website says the event will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each evening.
Activities at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
This is a family-friendly event that can be enjoyed by all ages. While I’m sure it won’t be as stunning as Illuminations, they will have 1000 jack-o-lanterns lighting up the gardens! (You can see more pictures of previous years’ events on their website or Facebook page.)
There will even be a Haunted Woodland Walk, designed by the same people who put on Wicked Island. Whether or not it’s suited for kids is up to each parents’ discretion; you may want to steer your sensitive or younger kids in another direction, but older kids might enjoy the spooky scenes.
Listen to live music on the new Grand Lawn stage near the Carousel Garden and grab a cocktail or food from local restaurants and food & drink trucks onsite.
Bands scheduled to perform are:
- October 13: JMichael
- October 14: Matt Bauer
- October 15: Annie Up
- October 16: Whitnie Means Band
Admission to Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular
Admission to Botanica’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is just $12 for adults; $9 for kids and Botanica members if you purchase in advance online at Botanica.org. (Tickets are $1 more at the door so do be sure to purchase in advance.)
A way you might be able to get FREE tickets to Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular:
Botanica does need help from volunteers to put on this event, including delivering pumpkins to carvers, helping to set up, working during the event, and taking the pumpkins to the compost pile afterwards. If you’re inclined to help out, go to this link at the Botanica website to find out about it (and follow the instructions there), but it says that the participants will receive a free ticket to Jack-O-Lantern Specatcular. So get your group involved!