Pumpkin Nights | Learn about the Pumpkin Nights experience


Started in the patch . . . now we’re here.

Pumpkin Nights was founded in 2016 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds with a mission to showcase local artists, and celebrate the most magical time of year without the gore and scares. Now, Pumpkin Nights runs through the month of October in five different cities across the US.

At PUMPKIN NIGHTS, you will venture along a half-mile walking path, where you’ll discover the Forbidden Pumpkin City, a pirate’s cove, and more fantastical lands built using over 3,000 hand-carved real and artificial pumpkins. The celebration continues with entertainment and games in Pumpkin Central, our festival area.



Journey through seven magical pumpkin-themed lands and accept a heroic quest to preserve the spirit of Halloween.


Be dazzled by The Spirit of Pumpkins Fire Show, watch live carving by professional pumpkin artists, and catch a screening of Nightmare Before Christmas!

Tastes + Treats

Snack on a variety of options from local food vendors, warm up with a mug of hot cocoa or an adult beverage, then watch a fall favorite movie.

Date Night

Enjoy a romantic stroll through thousands of twinkling lights and bring out your inner child by playing together in Monster Mash.

Bring the Kids

Embark on a hero’s quest, dig for treasure in Pumpkin Pirate Cove, and experience fun festival activities.

Dates + Times

Join our mailing list for fun updates and info! Tickets go on sale September 2020.

Pumpkin Nights In The Press

Pumpkin Nights’ Salt Lake City debut was an impressive display of carved gourds, entertainment and sites just spooky enough to cause intrigue and not fright.

-Salt Lake Tribune

Pumpkin Nights is spectacular!

-Good Day Sacramento

One thing’s for sure: you’ll end up with plenty of Instagrammable memories from this magical Halloween-themed night.

-Only In Your State

It’s a hauntingly good time that the whole family can enjoy.

-Utah Style & Design

It was almost like walking through Disneyland during Halloween, except minus the Mickey. I promise, you'll love it.

-Salt Project