‘GLOW’ Event Will Bring More Than 5,000 Jack O’Lanterns to Lake Fairfax Park

by Dave Emke September 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm 16 Comments

A trail of illuminated hand-carved pumpkins will welcome visitors to “THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience” next month at Lake Fairfax Park.

Presented by Townsquare Live Events, the “enchanting Halloween wonderland” will feature a third-of-a-mile trail decorated with more than 5,000 pumpkins. There will also be jack o’lantern dinosaurs up to 16 feet tall, a 30-foot-long pirate ship filled with pumpkin pirates and skeletons, and a pumpkin graveyard complete with black cats, ghosts and gravestones.

In addition, pumpkin “look-a-likes” including politicians, musicians, movie stars, superheroes and princesses.

“We have a team of more than 15 artists, carvers and producers who’ve been working year-round to create this magical event sure to captivate audiences of all ages,” said Shannon Donnelly, Townsquare vice president, in the release.

According to the event’s website, many of the pumpkins are real, but some are molds created from real pumpkins. Every pumpkin, real or molded, is hand-carved by the event’s team.

The display will open Thursday, Oct. 5 at the park (1400 Lake Fairfax Park) and will run every Thursday-Sunday through the end of the month. There will be costume contests, pumpkin-painting classes and a face-painting station available, along with live pumpkin-carving demonstrations to show visitors how to create their own masterpieces.

Tickets, which are $16 for kids ages 3-12 and $22 for adults, are available online and must be purchased in advance. Children ages 2 and under can attend for free. (According to its website, the display is “not scary and [is] fun for all ages.”)

For more information about the event, visit its website or follow it on Facebook.

Images courtesy THE GLOW/Townsquare Live Events

  • Mike M

    So, when did dinosaurs ever have anything to do with Halloween?

    • Thomas Day

      Right! You’re just so funny!

      • Mike M

        Thank you for your insightful comment.

        • The Constitutionalist

          Poor Thomas just hasn’t been the same since November.

  • CE

    It looks super cool but it would cost my family of four $76 to look at pumpkins for half an hour. I can’t be alone in saying that is cost preventative and could hurt their overall attendance. Maybe if it was $40 I would consider it? And dinosaurs have been a part of Halloween since before the dawn of man. Why don’t you ask Ken Plum?

  • Willie Reston

    If I wanted to look at a giant scary orange head I could just turn on CNN and not even have to leave my couch.

    • Mike M

      Seems like your weekend plans anyway. Bud or Miller?

      • Thomas Day

        Ha! Hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

        • Mike M

          I’m glad you liked it.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Way, way, way too expensive. Try $5-10/person. MAYBE $15 for adults. If kids under 12 are under $10. Even then, it’d be a lot to go and look at not-necessarily-even-real pumpkins.

  • Donald

    $16 for kids and $22 for adults, really? A movie is significantly less and lasts longer.


  • SuperCoop1280

    Woah, looks like someone is bucking for early retirement.

  • LakeNewportLady

    I was excited until I saw the price….$92 to take my kids to look at pumpkins?! They won’t last more than 30 mins.

    • Utube /aVz1kBnIDd0

      $92 pays for a week of groveries or a child’s soccer or after school math program. Those pumpkins are basically free after Halloween ends, so just plan your party one week later.

      May ze swartz be vid you, just skip the lantern for now

  • Drip

    This looked like a fun thing to do with my family until I saw how much they charge to look at some pumpkins. No way! Unless the pumpkins were designed by Picasso, it’s not worth nearly $80. The old Reston Zoo charges about that, but at least they have a live giraffe.

    • Shah Daryoush

      u are right it is so expensive


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