Great Pumpkin Glow set for Oct. 15 & 16

Staff Report

MANSFIELD — The gorgeous Kingwood Center Gardens in north central Ohio will glow with the lights of thousands of jack-o’-lanterns this fall at the beloved Great Pumpkin Glow.

Now entering its 7th year, the Great Pumpkin Glow is back with more pumpkins than ever before, plus live music, local vendors and the Scarecrow Row walking path. On Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, visitors can stroll through the garden’s 47 acres and take in the stunning display of glowing pumpkins.

In addition to grinning, wildly creatively carved pumpkins, Kingwood Center’s gardens will be filled with glow-in-dark balloons, friendly scarecrows, dramatic gourd displays, towering corn stalks and beautiful chrysanthemums. The whole family can also enjoy hay wagon rides and pumpkin-themed games, ending the night toasting s’mores around the Children’s Campfire

The Great Pumpkin Glow is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. Great Pumpkin Glow tickets are available online at for $6 or $8 at the gate.

New this year, guests have the opportunity to enjoy two incredible family-friendly Mansfield destinations for just $10. The Pumpkin Pass, presented by Little Buckeye Children’s Museum and Kingwood Center allows families to take in the sights and sounds of the Great Pumpkin Glow, and then return any other day to the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum to learn, grow and play together. The Pumpkin Pass is available online only at or

Kingwood Center is a 47-acre estate, built in 1926 by the late Charles Kelly King. King made his fortune by leading the Ohio Brass Company into new ventures, becoming president and Chairman of the Board. After his death, King left the estate to the foundation that continues to operate Kingwood Center today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the center boasts acres of large, formal, public gardens; stunning plant collections; ponds; a vast menagerie of peacocks and ducks; extensive gardening libraries; special events, workshops and classes and plant sales. Kingwood Center’s gardens are open daily, with special tours and events taking place weekly.

A destination unlike any other, Mansfield and Richland County, Ohio, home of the Shawshank Trail, offers unusual travel adventures and experiences, world-class motorsports, skiing, hiking, biking, golf, and loads of other outdoor adventures attract families and visitors of all ages.

Complete visitor information and free visitors guide is available at or by calling (800) 642-8282 or by searching “Destination Mansfield” on Facebook and Twitter.

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Event offers spectacular fall experience for entire family