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Pumpkin Glow Returns to Hershey Gardens, Re-Imagined and Expanded for COVID-19 Safety

Pumpkin Glow, Hershey Gardens’ most popular event, is returning for another year of Halloween fun! The family-friendly, non-scary event will be held on Oct. 24, 25 and 31, and Nov. 1, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

With new, extended hours, guests can enjoy Halloween-themed activities in a safe environment with social distancing in mind. This year’s Pumpkin Glow is during the daytime, but the GLOW must go on! Join us inside the new “Glow House” to get your glow on with family-friendly jack-o-lanterns and other glowing Halloween-themed items. Outside, more than 100 carved and painted pumpkins will be on display, in addition to displays of gourds, hay bales and ornamental grasses. 

Throughout the day, families can enjoy puppet shows, live theatrical performances in The Children’s Garden amphitheater courtesy of Hershey Area Play House and a scavenger hunt. In addition to a variety of food trucks selling both sweets and savories, local artist Laura Morgan of Laura Morgan Interiors, Hershey, Pa., will be onsite from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., selling a selection of hand-painted, decorative pumpkins, which guests can have personalized. 

Children are encouraged to come dressed in costume, and this year, guests can also visit Butterfly Atrium, where they’ll see hundreds of tropical butterflies in a lush, tropical setting. And let’s not forget the chocolate! Kids will receive a pre-filled bag of delicious Hershey’s candy (while supplies last), courtesy of The Hershey Company. 

Pumpkin Glow is included with general admission. General admission tickets can be purchased online at HersheyGardens.org or at the admissions desk upon arrival. All guests over the age of 2 are required to wear face coverings* (indoors and outdoors) at Pumpkin Glow. COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place in the Atrium and throughout the Gardens; capacity in the Butterfly Atrium is limited.

For more information about Hershey Gardens, please visit HersheyGardens.org. 

*As per CDC guidelines, a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.