Following Bootanica, the latest family event taking place at Botanica is Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.
The botanical garden and regional horticultural center located at 701 Amidon St. has kept it going with the Halloween theme. It’s your chance to take a stroll through Botanica and see more than 1,000 unique pumpkins that were carved by volunteer groups in the Wichita community. They have pumpkin sculptures, fire pits for s’mores, a haunted house, live music, food trucks, a full bar and a huge 16-foot wide screen playing spooky movies.
The event runs from October 13th to the 16th from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Prices are $12 for non-members, and $9 for members and kids. Children 2 and under are free.
We stopped by with friends and our kids and let them roam around all evening. While the sun was out, they just walked and looked at the painted pumpkins.
The real fun for them took place when the stars appeared. Lights were wrapped around trees, the pumpkins lit up, and the mood was set.
In case you’re wondering, the carousel is open too. It was a blast riding the old Joyland carousel and listen to our 2-year-old yell bloody murder as if it was the most dangerous ride in the world.
Probably the best part for them was hanging out on the Grand Lawn stage. There was live music and tons of space for them to run and use up all the energy they had left before bedtime. There was also a small maze for them to walk through.
The best part was the weather. It was cool but not chilly, which made for an amazing evening outside.
As mentioned earlier, food was available via the concession stands or from the food trucks. You can’t beat $2 bags of popcorn.
And if popcorn isn’t your thing, certainly s’mores are.
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