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Posted on: October 14, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Pumpkin Glow Jack-O-Lantern Trail at ONP

Pumpkin Glow

The Glow Trail

Join the Oakland Nature Preserve for what could be West Orange county's only nighttime Jack-o-lantern hike on Oct. 28 and 29 from 6 - 9 p.m. 

The Preserve's Glow Trail will be lined with Jack-o-lanterns created by members of the community creating an ethereal and beautiful night-time hike. This year's trail will begin at the south end of the boardwalk and then proceed along the winding Green Trail back to the ONP parking area (approx. .3 miles). Bring your flash lights and lanterns because it's dark in the woods. Feel free to dress in costume as long as it is family-friendly. Candy bags will be provided to kids and they will have the opportunity to meet some cool critters. The event is free but donations are welcome and benefit the Oakland Nature Preserve. 

Calling All Artists and Jack-o-lantern Enthusiasts

We want to display your talent! Bring us your Jack-o-lantern for display. Make them fun, make them scary, the choice is yours! All pumpkins submitted will be available for pick up the day after the event. Any pumpkins left behind will be shared with our program animals for enrichment. Jack-o-lanterns must be carved with light inside for illumination. Please use battery powered lighting. No open flames as we want to keep the habitat safe.

Awards and Age Groups


Would you like  your jack-o-lantern to be part of the community vote? The night of the event all ONP visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite jack-o-lanterns. Each age category will be identified for the voting process. 


Age groups:

  • Ages 10-14 
  • Ages 15-17 
  • Ages 18+

Ages 10 and under:

All participants in the Painted Pumpkins Patch will receive a fun Pumpkin Glow Certificate and large ONP sticker!

Awards for each carved jack-o-lantern group: 

  • Fan Favorite - Special meet and greet and art time with your favorite ONP Ambassador animal.
  • 2 Honorable Mentions - Meet and greet with your favorite ONP Animal Ambassador





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