My family was invited to experience Jack’s Pumpkin Glow and thought is was pretty cool that they chose to bring their displays to the Sensory Garden Playground in Lisle! Life-sized sculptures, classic Halloween characters, princesses, superheroes, dinosaurs, pirates, musicians, and movie stars line the trail, which makes a loop through the wooded area. Get the inside scoop on this new event to the Chicago suburbs, including parking, food and drinks, and what to expect.
Parking for Jack’s Pumpkin Glow is free and plentiful. There are parking attendants that direct you when you enter the area, then you walk towards the entrance marked with large flags.
After walking down the lit path you will come to the large waiting area with numerous port-a-potties and hand washing stations, live pumpkin carving demonstration, face painting ($8 for a picture from the list and $10 for a painted mask), merchandise tent, food and drinks. The menu is below so you can get an idea of what to expect.
Food and Drinks at Jack’s Pumpkin Glow
Mexi Dog $5
Beef BBQ Mini Torta $3
Beef Burger $10
Veggie Burger $10
Smoke Sausage $8
Ancho BBQ Beef Cemita $10
Walking Taco $4
Tex-Mex Chili $6
Half Acre Beer $7
Vander Mill Cider $7
Bourbon Mixed $10
Hot Chocolate $3
Bottled Water $2
Canned Soda $2
You are welcome to come before your time slot to eat at one of the picnic tables in the center of the space.
There are several glow options at the merch tent, such as light-up pumpkin and skull necklaces, wands, Minecraft sword, and headbands. If you want to come prepared, here are some Amazon links to check out:
- LED Light Up Halloween Pumpkin Jack O Lantern Necklace
- LED Skull Light Up Necklace for Halloween
- LED Windmill Spinner
The line was fairly long to enter Jack’s Pumpkin Glow, but once inside you can walk at your own pace and stop to take photos. The experience is similar to Illumination at The Morton Arboretum, but focused on lit pumpkins and Halloween scenes. We did not find the experience to be scary. The scenes were tame in general, but some had ominous music, gravestones, and jack-o-lanterns with typical Halloween faces, which some kids might be sensitive to. Please note that there is a sensory friendly show on Sunday, October 6, 2019.
The path is about 1/3 of a mile and is gravel. We saw some parents pulling wagons with their little ones, but be forewarned that it can be muddy in some places. Hopefully the weather dries out a bit in the coming weeks!
It took roughly an hour to see everything and walk the entire path, but that’s purely dependent on how fast you like to walk and how many times you choose to stop and admire the different scenes.
You’ll see everything from motorcycles made of pumpkins to carved Disney princesses, a scene with a huge pirate ship, to a carnival with pumpkins that look like Mr. Potato heads, and so much more. There is definitely plenty to look at! My favorites were the jellyfish pumpkins that seemed to be floating in the air and the talking pumpkins with expressive moving faces projected on the surface while they told jokes.
At the end there is a pumpkin patch with small pumpkins for $4 and large pumpkins for $6. They were really nice carving pumpkins, so we ended up buying one for each of our kids.
Details for Jack’s Pumpkin Glow
Jack’s Pumpkin Glow
Sensory Garden Playground
2751 Navistar Drive
Lisle, IL 60532
October: 3-6*, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 2019
*October 6th Sensory-Friendly early show
$16.99 – $22.99 for kids, plus tax, depending on the day of the week
$22.99 – $28.99 for adults, plus tax, depending on the day of the week
Discounted time slots on Thursday and Sunday nights
Children 2 and under are free
Children ages 3 to 12 pay children’s pricing
We were hosted by Jack’s Pumpkin Glow, but all opinions are my own.
Looking for more Halloween fun? Check out our guide to Family-Friendly Halloween Events!