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Morris ArBOOretum & Gardens

Visit in October for Halloween delights! 

Two carved and lit up Halloween pumpkins in a patch of fallen leaves at night.

16th Annual Scarecrow Walk

Morris Arboretum & Gardens’ Scarecrow Walk is back for the 16th year! This year’s theme is “The 1990s” in celebration of our 90th anniversary as a public garden. Scarecrows will be on display from October 1 through October 31. Free with general admission.

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Scarecrow frames generously provided by Tague Lumber.


Morris Pumpkin Cottage

As part of October ArBOOretum Month, we will invite kids of all ages to enjoy the new Morris Pumpkin Cottage, a 100-square-foot exhibit covered in hundreds of pumpkins of various shapes and sizes. The Cottage, a throwback to when the area around the Morris used to be known as “Pumpkintown,” is tucked at the end of the Pumpkin Promenade, a small trail lined with pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows, and more. Free with general admission.

Morris Pumpkin Cottage Events

Spooky Jack-O-Lantern Crafts
Friday October 13 • 11 am
Free with general admission.
Join us at the Morris Pumpkin Cottage on Friday the 13th to make crafty paper jack-o-lanterns without the mess of carving a real pumpkin!

ArBOO-Bubbles Dance Party
Tuesday, October 24 • 11 am
Free with general admission.
Join us at the Morris Pumpkin Cottage for a fall bubble dance party with kid-friendly spooky music—come in costume and ready to dance!

Pumpkin Carving Party (Ages 8+)

Saturday, October 28
10:30 AM–12:30 PM
Members: $30 Non-members: $35

Come along to our workshop and learn how to carve amazing pumpkins! We will supply the pumpkin along with all the specialized equipment you need for carving, as well as patterns and ideas to help you make a spectacular pumpkin. This program is for adults and children (8+) as we’ll be using sharp tools. We will meet in the tent behind the Welcome Center. Wear clothes that you can get messy!


Trick-or-Treat Trail

Saturday, October 28
1–3 PM

Free with Morris admission.

Join us for a costume and candy parade—show us your costumes and walk among the trees and scarecrows for treats!