Shayna’s Take: Jack’s Pumpkin Glow, Washington D.C.

jack_slide_the_glowOn Friday October 4th, my family went to Jack’s Pumpkin Glow, Washington D.C.. The event is located at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston. We went to the earliest time slot at 7:30. Parking was very easy, there are parking attendants to guide you. Before entering the carved pumpkin area at your determined time, there are a few options for fun. There is a food truck serving up coffee, hot chocolate, and other treats, a booth for merchandise, and also a booth for arts and crafts. Tickets are fairly expensive, kids (ages 3-12) starting at $16.99 and adults starting at $22.99. I did notice in the ticket purchasing area, there are some time slots that have prices for kids under that $16.99 price.

purple_pumkin_slide_the_glowThe entrance to the actual exhibit is staggered by time slot, which is great, because then it is not overcrowded. The pumpkins were amazing! My kids were fascinated (so was I!). There is a huge range in themes; from musicians and artists to scientists and movie characters. It took us about 40 minutes to walk through the entire thing. I was told by a staff member that the pumpkins do change throughout the tour, and there are several pumpkin carvers on hand to fix any pumpkin needed.

I would definitely do this again next fall if the tour comes back to our area, it was a fun take on a jack-o-lantern!

(Note from Kristina: Receive special discount codes by joining Jack’s Club at or by visiting JACK’S PUMPKIN GLOW on Facebook.)


Shayna is a mom to three children and one dog, avid reader, and lover of food and live sports. Having lived in Prince William County for only a year and a half, she is always looking to explore new and exciting places and events in the area.