Denver Botanic Gardens’ York Street location will open with capped numbers and timed tickets on Friday, May 22. Here are details on what to expect upon your return. Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms’ re-opening is yet to be determined.

The Gardens dresses up for Halloween with luminaria-lined pathways, spooky lighting displays and hundreds of carved, glowing gourds.

Using all real pumpkins harvested from local farms, our pumpkin artists push the boundaries of traditional pumpkin carving to create larger-than-life sculptures, dense displays of jack-o'-lanterns and ornately detailed showpiece pumpkins. In addition to the pumpkin sculptures and creepy atmosphere, enjoy a wide array of activities and entertainment.

Seasonal food and beverages will be available for purchase at Offshoots Café, Hive Garden Bistro and our cash bars. Credit cards and cash accepted at all locations.

Free jack-o’-lanterns after the event
Want a free jack-o’-lantern used in the show? Stop by the Gardens on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. to take home as many as you can carry while supplies last. Gardens' membership or admission required for entry.

Volunteer for Glow at the Gardens
Volunteer opportunities are available for pumpkin carving before the event, event day setup, event nights and more. Volunteer registration will open in August. Email vol@botanicgardens.org with questions about volunteering.

FAQ

Is this event appropriate for all ages?
Yes. Glow at the Gardens features a wide variety of activities. Guests can choose how they wish to spend their evening.

Is it scary?
Not very. Spooky illusions, props and sound effects are featured in certain areas. The activities and sculptures do not include graphic or violent content.

How many of your pumpkins are real?
Every single one! Every pumpkin and jack-o'-lantern featured at the event was harvested from a local farm and hand-carved by our pumpkin carving team. The sculptures are supported by metal or wooden armatures, with the occasional use of props, however the pumpkins themselves are all real.

Are costumes permitted?
Yes! We encourage guests to wear costumes. Weapons (real or fake) are NOT permitted. Masks covering the entire face are not permitted for guests over age 17.

Why do I have to buy a ticket for a specific entry window?
By staggering the arrival of our visitors, we hope to provide a better visitor experience for all. Once inside the Gardens, visitors may stay as long as the event is open.

May I use my tickets on any night of Glow at the Gardens?
No. Please attend Glow at the Gardens on the date you purchased tickets for, and during the entry window listed on your ticket. Glow at the Gardens takes place rain, snow or shine.

When should I buy my tickets?
We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance as this event sells out each year.

If tickets are sold out online, will there be tickets available at the door?
No, there will not be tickets available for sale at the door on sold out nights.

Is there parking?
Free parking is available in our parking garage. However, parking is limited and fills quickly. If you park in the surrounding neighborhood on a side street, please be respectful of our neighbors. Please consider using these alternate modes of transportation:

RTD logo    Bicycle Colorado logo     Bike Streets logo

  • RTD: Use routes #24 (York and Josephine Streets) or #10 (12th Avenue) to access the Gardens.
  • Bicycle Colorado and Bike Streets: The Gardens joins Bicycle Colorado and Bike Streets in encouraging cycling as a form of transportation. Bike racks are available at the York Street main entrance.

What forms of payment will be accepted?
Cash and credit cards are accepted. There is no ATM onsite.

Is there a coat check?
No.

Is Glow at the Gardens ADA accessible?
Yes, but keep in mind that some paths are narrow and could be muddy.

Are there wheelchairs or strollers available onsite?
Wheelchairs and strollers can be checked out at the Information Desk in the Boettcher Memorial Center. They are available on a first-come, first­-served basis. No reservations are accepted.

Will any areas of the Gardens be closed during Glow at the Gardens?
The Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory and Mordecai Children’s Garden will not be open during Glow at the Gardens. Certain areas of the Gardens will also be closed for guest safety.

Are pets allowed at Glow at the Gardens?
Pets are not permitted at this event. Service dogs/animals are allowed.