The 3rd Annual Pumpkin Passage Presented By Nature’s Art Village

Nature Art Village Trail Pumpkin Passage CT
Credit: Joseph Charette

For families with younger children, there is an unmet need for ways to celebrate the spooky season that are merry and magical instead of macabre. This was the inspiration behind the Third Annual Pumpkin Passage presented by Nature’s Art Village in Oakdale, CT.

The Pumpkin Passage offers “lights, not frights”, on a half-mile trail decorated with jack-o-lanterns, dinosaurs, dragons, unicorns, witches, ghosts, vampires, skeletons, and the largest spider web in New England.


Inside The Pumpkin Passage Trail

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Nature's art village roasting marshmallows
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The Pumpkin Passage trail concludes with a bounce house, giant slide, child-friendly axe throwing, and an inflatable corn maze. Treats include hot apple cider and marshmallows. In addition, performers treat guests to hula hoop and fire shows.

The Pumpkin Passage is a delightful way to celebrate Halloween for all ages. The trail provides the ideal festive background for many Instagram-worthy photos of your family’s night out. This is demonstrated by Harper, Rosie, Jude, and Jasper posing by the scarecrow in the image below.

Harper and family pumpkin trail
Harper & family. Credit: Joseph Charette

A Personal Tour Through the Passage

Our personal guided tour of the Pumpkin Passage was led by Roger Phillips, owner of Nature’s Art Village. He is also the mind and hands behind each one of the custom-made displays. Despite the continued success and constant growth of Nature’s Art Village, Mr. Phillips is still as passionate and involved as ever.

He greeted every guest warmly and each staff member by name while revealing the history and significance of the exhibits. In fact, Roger explained that he has taken a hands-on approach to all of the attractions built in the 60-acre outdoor adventure park since he bought the destination in 1992.

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The Dinosaur Place. Credit: Joseph Charette

The Dinosaur Place, one of Nature’s Art Village’s main attractions, features 1.5 miles of outdoor trails with 50 life-sized dinosaurs, New England’s largest SplashPad, a dinosaur-themed maze, playground, train rides, pedal cars, and two mini-golf courses.

Indoor activities include the Discovery Depot activity center and the Genius Museum showcasing 200 years of American trades and innovations. The Shops at Nature’s Art Village and The PAST Antiques Marketplace offer jewelry and fossils from around the world, educational toys, and antiques, crafts, and collectibles from local vendors.

Additional Information & Resources

nature's art passage pumpkin trail lit pumpkins at night
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The Pumpkin Passage is open throughout October on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays with a special event on October 30th.

Tickets are available online only through Eventbrite for the annual Trick or Treat night featuring multiple bounce houses, games, toasty marshmallows, a food truck, and of course, lots of candy for costumed guests.

Trick or Treat night will take place from 5-9pm.

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Amber Clark is a freelance writer and wellness advisor residing in Litchfield County, Connecticut. She holds an Associate of Arts degree from NVCC, and devotes much of her time to furthering her education through literature and personal experience. Her passions include writing, reading, food, nutrition, and the outdoors.