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Spirits in the Gardens

Event Details

October 21, 2022 5:00 PM — October 23, 2022 9:00 PM
Location: Reiman Gardens
1407 University Blvd.
Ames, IA 50011
Contact Name: Reiman Gardens
Email: reimangardens@iastate.edu
Phone: 515-294-2710
Website: https://www.reimangardens.com/events-programs/spirits/

Event Description

Reiman Gardens popular fall celebration is back with even more spooky fun! With 1,000+ intricately carved Jack-O-Lanterns, candy, chemistry experiments, jugglers, cosplay and so much more. Wear your favorite costume and join in the fun.
Friday, October 21, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Jack-O-Lantern Sneak Peek

  • Be the first to see the Jack-O-Lanterns at their freshest. No candy, shows or other entertainment on this night.

Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Spirits in the Gardens Event Nights
Details about the event:
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

  • ISU SCUM – Chemistry Shows in the Garden Room
  • Simon Says in the Gardens
  • ISU Juggling and Unicycling Club outside the entrance
  • The ISU Cosplay Club at the candy slides

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

  • See amazing Jack-O-Lanterns, Hollusion hologram projections (best after sunset), glowing orbs, and the Sycamore Falls lighted tower.
  • Visit our Candy Factory on the Events Plaza to collect treats and non-candy items from our whimsical candy slides. Treats will be available all evening!
  • A local community group will be selling prepackaged snacks and warm drinks as a fundraiser near Lake Helen.


  • $15 Adult General Public
  • $13 Adult Members & ISU Students
  • $7 Youth (ages 2-12)
  • Free for Youth under 2

Timed tickets will be for a specific day and entry time window; daily capacity will be limited. Buy your tickets early, as popular time slots sell out quickly! Tickets must be purchased online and not in person or over the phone. Tickets are not refundable, but can be given to someone else for the same date, time and price category. Last entry is 9:00 p.m. Event will take place rain, snow or shine.

Tickets go on sale starting one month prior to the event.

Please note: Reiman Gardens will close early at 4:00 p.m. to setup for Spirits in the Gardens on the following days: Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23.