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, including:

  • Trick-or-treating – bring your own bag!
  • Fire performances
  • LED performers
  • Pumpkin carving demos from world-class pumpkin carvers
  • Halloween caricatures
  • Glow-in-the-dark games
  • Halloween carnival games
  • Hands-on crafts & coloring
  • Scavenger hunt

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.

Here is the menu.

Virtual Reality Add-on Experience
Immerse yourself in a Halloween-themed world in our virtual reality adventure. Select from several different experiences that will transport you into a spooky, digital wonderland. Ages 5 & up; guests under 13 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. $8 per person.

NEW THIS YEAR: Free jack-o’-lanterns after the event
Want a free jack-o’-lantern used in the show? Stop by the Gardens on Saturday, Oct. 26 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. Fill out the online application to sign up to volunteer. Email vol@botanicgardens.org with questions about volunteering.

Sponsors

PRESENTING SPONSOR

Macy's logo

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

Xcel logo    

Sprouts logo     Chef Zorba's logo

TRICK OR TREAT PARTNERS

Presenting Sponsor:
Enstrom's Candies logo

Ghost Sponsors:
34 Degrees
Chocolove

Mummy Sponsor:
Catch Fire Marketing

Black Cat Sponsors:
Applewood Seed Company
Bobo’s Oat Bars
Target
Trader Joes

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. Masks or weapons (real or fake) are NOT permitted.

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:

Lyft logo        Denver B-cycle logo   

RTD logo       Bicycle Colorado logo     Bike Streets logo

  • Lyft: Any new user who enters the code GARDENS19 gets $5 off their first three rides. Existing users can save 20 percent off a single ride to or from the Gardens using code GLOW19 Oct. 21–25.
  • B-Cycle: There is a B-Cycle station next to our York Street entrance.
  • 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.