Thousands of jack-o’-lanterns go on display in Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Thousands of jack-o’-lanterns are going on display at the Roger Williams Park Zoo.

The annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular begins Thursday and runs nightly through Nov. 6.

About 125 of the pumpkins, which are placed along the zoo’s wetland’s trail, are carved each year to reflect a single theme. This Halloween it is “American Treasures.”

The event also features a “laughing tree,” which is decorated with hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns, some weighing more than 1,000 pounds and enhanced by special effects including a laugh track and music.

Park officials say more than 100,000 people have visited the event in each of the past five years and last year’s Spectacular saw the second-highest attendance of over 125,000 visitors.

Proceeds from the event will help support the zoo’s animal care, environmental education and conservation efforts.