The Great Pumpkin Trail

Thursday October 24 and Friday October 25, 2019; Hendrie Park

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It’s a magical evening on the Pumpkin Trail!

Hundreds of jack-o-lanterns light your way along our garden and South Bridle Trail. Enjoy live entertainment, face painting and pumpkin-themed activities and games.

Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Note: only a ¼ km loop of the Pumpkin Trail is fully wheelchair accessible and stroller-friendly. The remainder includes rough terrain.

Event Entry Times:
5:30 p.m., 5:40 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:10 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 6:50 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:10 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:10 p.m., 8:20 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

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Event Tickets

Pre-purchased tickets are required for this special event, and typically sell out quickly. Upon purchasing, you will be required to select an entry time.

Ticket Type Price
Adult $19 (+HST and Service Fee)
Child age 3 to 12 $12 (+HST and Service Fee)
Child under age 3 FREE


Purchase Tickets
  • All prices are subject to HST and Service Fee
  • Payment accepted online via credit card
  • A maximum of 10 tickets per transaction will apply
  • Tickets are non-refundable and final sale. RBG will not be able to accomodate any date / timeslot changes after purchase.

Royal Botanical Gardens is a registered charitable organization dedicated to connecting people, plants and place. By attending this event, you’re supporting our efforts in areas like plant science, conservation, horticulture and education.

Want to learn more about how you can contribute to RBG’s charitable work? Visit

RBG Member Pre-Sale - Monday September 30, 12 noon

RBG Members received access to an exclusive pre-sale for this event! 50% of the total number of tickets available for this event were released to Members from Monday September 30 at 12 p.m. to Wednesday October 2 at 3 p.m.

The member pre-sale is now over. Tickets open to the public Thursday October 3 at 12 noon.

Learn more about becoming a member at


Here's a sneak peek at some of the fun things we have planned... more coming soon!

5:30 to
9:30 p.m.

Face Painting

Need to complete your costume? Get your face painted with Masquerade!

Pumpkin Patch

Explore the diversity of pumpkins and vote for your favourite in Veggie Village.

Pumpkin Field Games

Enjoy fall festive games of tic tac toe, bowling, and more!

Campfire Tales

Gather ‘round and listen to stories from the Gardens’ past.


5:45, 6:45, 7:45, and 8:45

Johnny Toronto

Find this Canadian comic-juggler / unicyclist peforming in the garden!

6:15, 7:15 and 8:15

Spook-tacular Science Show

Step into the Botanist’s lab to see some peculiar plant experiments.

6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00

Live Birds-of-Prey with Wild Ontario

Get close to some of Ontario’s fastest and craftiest raptors if you dare.

The Haunted Grill

5:30 to 9:30

Snacks and More

Purchase some Halloween themed food and warm beverages!

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Event FAQ

Have a question about The Great Pumpkin Trail? Click the topics below for more information. If you have a question that is not answered, give us a call at 905-527-1158.

Tickets >>

Pre-purchased tickets are required for this special event, and typically sell out quickly. Upon purchasing, you will be required to select an entry time. Tickets are final sale. When purchasing your tickets, please ensure you select the appropriate date/time, as switching your tickets after purchase will not be possible. Please note a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction applies.

A note on in-person registration: due to the popularity of this event, tickets go quickly and we strongly encourage you to register online, or have a friend/family member do so for you. A small number of RBG staff members will be available for in-person registrations, though this is a time-consuming process and there is no guarantee the tickets you wish to purchase will still be available by the time we are able to assist you. Registering as soon as the sale begins is the fastest way to purchase your tickets for this event.

RBG Member Pre-Sale

RBG Membership cardholders have access to 50% of the total number of tickets before the public sale date. The remaining 50% of the tickets will be available for purchase for the public starting on Thursday October 3 at 12 p.m. A membership discount will NOT apply for this event.

Accessing this pre-sale will require a special member code, which will be sent prior to the pre-sale date to the email addresses we have on file for all current RBG Members. Members will also require their membership number during the purchasing process.

Arrival / Entry Times >>

This event is time-ticketed. Please arrive at your scheduled time and expect to spend at least an hour here experiencing the Pumpkin Trail and all of the fantastic activities we have prepared for you and your family. When you arrive at RBG Centre (680 Plains Road W., Burlington) for your start time you will be greeted by our staff team who will check you in and direct you to the Pumpkin Trail.

You will be required to present your pre-purchased tickets upon arrival, either printed out or digitally on your personal device. Each ticket will be scanned. The confirmation receipt is not a ticket. Your tickets were sent to you as an attachment in the confirmation e-mail you received after booking.

Weather >>

The Great Pumpkin Trail is held rain or shine and is 100% outdoors, so come prepared for the weather! RBG reserves the right to cancel the event due to inclement weather.

Directions and Parking >>

This event is held in Hendrie Park - please enter through RBG Centre at 680 Plains Road W. Burlington Ontario. Parking is included, available in the large lot at RBG Centre. Should the lot at RBG Centre become full, alternate parking locations are:

  • Street parking along Botanical Dr. and Spring Gardens. Rd. From this area, cross the parking lot and make your way to RBG Centre main entrance to check in.
  • Staff Parking Lot / Classroom 5 – south side of Plains Rd. W. at Botanical Dr., Burlington. From this lot, make your way to RBG Centre main entrance to check in.
  • Please note that the Hendrie / Cherry Hill Lot will not be open. You will not be able to enter the event through the Rose Garden Kiosk.

This garden is located along bus routs for Burlington Transit, with stops a short distance from the entrance. See for more details.

Accessibility >>

Only a ¼ km loop of the Pumpkin Trail is fully wheelchair accessible and stroller-friendly. The remainder is along the RBG trail system which includes rough terrain.

Food >>

Don’t have time to make dinner before the event? The Haunted Grill BBQ will be serving up some delicious seasonal favourites available for purchase!

Trail Length / Lighting >>

The great pumpkin trail is a 1 km loop, beginning in Hendrie Park, and continuing along the South Bridle trail before returning to Hendrie Park. Please note only a ¼ km section of the trail is fully wheelchair accessible and stroller-friendly.

The route is lit by the jack-o-lanterns along the trail. You are encouraged to bring a flashlight as it can get dark out there!

Costumes >>

Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes, but please keep in mind that one of the activities is face painting. Since the majority of children present will be 10 and under, please keep costumes fun and family friendly.

Pets / Service Animals >>

With the exception of service animals, personal dogs/cats/animals are not permitted at this event.

Terms and Conditions >>

Tickets purchased to special events are final sale and non-refundable. Tickets for this event can be transferred to someone else if you can no longer attend the event. If RBG cancels a special event, ticketholders will be fully refunded. Please keep your tickets and confirmation: it is proof of your purchase and allows entry into the event.

Liability: RBG assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to property, or for personal injury or mishap; all activities are at the risk of the participant.

Filming/Photography Release: Please be advised that all photos, audio-video, and static images taken at this event may be used for exhibit, reproduction, and/or distribution for RBG related promotional use, including all forms of print, television advertisement, social media and /or website display. In consideration of your participation as a guest or attendee of this event, you authorize Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use such photos and images under their sole discretion. Royal Botanical Gardens, its legal representatives, suppliers, invited media and assigns are released without limitation of any claims for libel or invasion of privacy.

By purchasing tickets and participating in this event on RBG properties, you are agreeing to the above release for yourself, and on behalf of your guests.

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