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EcoTarium To Host the Great Pumpkin Fest

Friday, October 03, 2014


The EcoTarium will present the Great Pumpkin Fest on October 25 from 2:00 to 9:00 pm.

The event will include a variety of family activities.

-Creative displays of more than 1,000 carved pumpkins, lit after dark
-Full access to museum and grounds
-Free digital planetarium shows (limited seating)
-Spooktacular science programs
-Pumpkin-carving demonstration
-Trick-or-treating (while supplies last)
-Entertainment and fun for all ages!

Friendly Halloween costumes are encouraged! Bring a flashlight to light your way at night and be sure to dress for the weather. This event takes place rain or shine.

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event, or in advance online or at the EcoTarium Ticket & Information Desk. Tickets are for one-time use, with no re-admittance during the event. For more information, please call 508-929-2700.

No coupons or discounts may be applied for Great Pumpkin Fest, and there are no refunds. Proceeds benefit the EcoTarium.

Cost: Tickets are $15 per person, $12 for EcoTarium members. Children under 2 are free.


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