Botanica’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Wichita, KS | October 5-7 & 13-14

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Botanica’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Enjoy everything there is to love about fall while strolling through Botanica during five fun-filled nights at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular! The beloved annual event takes place over two weekends, October 5-7, 2023 and October 13-14, 2023 from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. each night. Kids (and kids at heart) are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to kick off the holiday season early! Botanica’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular kicks off fall with activities and entertainment that will be enjoyed by the whole family. 

Activities at Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

This October, Botanica will be transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haunt perfect for both the brave and timid. Carved by volunteer groups in the Wichita community, find more than 1,000 unique pumpkins lit up for everyone to see. Guests will be amazed with one-of-a-kind pumpkin sculptures, gravity-defying aerial acrobatics and eye-popping fire dancing while walking through the gardens. For the brave at heart, there will also be a haunted woodland walk. For those who prefer cute over spooky, there will be a petting zoo available as well. 

Live music from DJ Carbon will also be available on the Grand Lawn stage near the Carousel Garden. Grab a cocktail from Bar on Demand and a bite to eat from local restaurants, concessions and food trucks onsite. While adults can sit and relax, kids can run around the open lawn to burn off some energy before bedtime. 

Admission to Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Admission to Botanica’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is only $15 for adults, $12 for Botanica members and $10 for kids. Children 2 years old and younger receive FREE admission. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event online here. Thank you to this year’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular presenting sponsors: Ascension Via Christi and Spirit Aerosystems. 

What Else Is There to Do at Botanica?

Even after you’ve done all the activities and been thoroughly entertained, there is still plenty to see at Botanica. The 20 acres of the ever-changing botanical wonderland houses more than 30 themed areas and over 4,000 plant species. As guests wind through the gardens, they will also discover additional gems. Inspiring sculptures, relaxing water features, and even a ride on a restored 1949 carousel makes for an experience to remember. It’s true that Botanica is fun for the whole family. Visit today to plan a fun and family-filled evening at Botanica.


Angela Green
Angela is the founder of Wichita Mom, the premier parenting website and digital guide for families as they navigate life in Wichita, KS. She is a wife, business owner, avid reader, proud gymnastics & dance mom, Peloton lover, and is always planning her next trip.