By: Kasey Andrade
On Friday, October 28, the Honors Mentoring Program hosted a trip to the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Honors first-year students and mentors came together to get into the Halloween spirit and admire the 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns that lined the zoo’s Wetlands Trail. This year’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular’s theme was “American Treasure,” with more than 100 pumpkins carved into works of art. The “American Treasure” theme highlighted United States history and culture through detailed pumpkin carvings that reflected postage stamps that commemorated key events, places, and cultural icons. In addition to these postage stamp pumpkin carvings, other jack-o-lantern designs featured Humanitarian Heroes, Endangered Species, Science, Theater, and Backyard Garden. The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular’s iconic Laughing Tree scene, with hundreds of illuminated pumpkins and laughing music, was also on display.