In addition to 150 jack-o-lanterns and a variety of whimsical scarecrows, Pumpkin Glow at Hershey Gardens will feature something new this year: live insects, including tarantulas. The annual family friendly, non-scary Halloween event at Hershey Gardens will be held from 6:00pm to 8:30pm (Please note, the indoor tropical Butterfly Atrium will be closed during Pumpkin Glow.)
New this year is a live creature exhibit, featuring Goliath tarantulas, giant scorpions, a giant centipede, a jack-o-lantern filled with hissing cockroaches and large friendly caterpillars that visitors can hold. The creature exhibit will be on display in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory during Pumpkin Glow.
Outside, a mile-long path will be adorned with whimsical and artistically carved pumpkins. Friendly scarecrows, some of which come to life, will be greeting visitors along the way, while kids can trick-or-treat and collect candy at eight stations along a mile-long path. Youngsters are encouraged to bring flashlights and come dressed in costume; they also can listen to a scarecrow tell a special Halloween story.
Students from Lebanon County Career and Technical Center’s Culinary and Pastry Arts program also will be giving pumpkin-carving demonstrations. Seasonal displays featuring a variety of gourds and pumpkins round out the fall event. Refreshments will be for sale.
Pumpkin Glow tickets can be purchased online, in advance at HersheyGardens.org, or at the door.
General admission is $12.50 for visitors ages 13-61, $11.50 for seniors (ages 62 and up), and $9.00 for juniors (ages 3-12); children ages 2 and under are free. For more information about Hershey Gardens, visit HersheyGardens.org or call 717-534-3492.
Candy distributed at Pumpkin Glow is generously donated by The Hershey Company.