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Video: Nights of the Jack 2021

Nights of the Jack is back at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. After switching to a drive-through during the 2020 pandemic, the massive exhibition of carved pumpkins is once again a walk-through experience, allowing visitors to pursue the artistically arranged tableau at their own pace, pausing to appreciate intricate details and take endless selfies. This also means that the seating area at the beginning is open again, with a pleasing variety of food trucks for those requiring a little sustenance before embarking on the lengthy outdoor tour.

For adults there is a Spookyeasy offering seasonally themed drinks (Black Magic Margarita, Pumpkin Mule, and Pumpkin Hot Cider) in addition to more conventional cocktails. Those who pay for the VIP ticket get access to an exclusive bar, Haunted Harry’s Hideaway, where they can avoid crowds on busy nights. There is a second bar halfway along the tour for those who need to catch their breath and get a little refreshment.

Check out our Halloween 2021 Night of the Jack video above, or scroll down for a photo gallery of this year’s delights.

Nights of the Jack 2021 Video Review Rating

Rating Scale

Nights of the Jacks 2018 Review1 – Avoid
2 – Some redeeming qualities
3 – Recommended
4 – Highly Recommended
5 – Must See

The sights and sounds of Nights of the Jack should be familiar to fans of the outdoor display, but after last year’s drive-through version, this Halloween offers a welcome opportunity to view the artfully arranged installations as a walk-through again – which is so much better.

Nights of the Jack: A Halloween Jack O’Lantern Experience is open Wednesdays through Sundays in October, plus the 25th and 26th. Hours are 6pm to 10pm nightly. General Admission tickets go for $34.99 on weekdays and $39.99 on weekends. VIP Tickets cost $59.99. Admission for children two years years old and under is free. King Gillette Ranch is located at 26800 Mulholland Highway in Calabasas. Get more information at the event’s official website: nightsofthejack.com.


Nights of the Jack 2021 Photo Gallery

Check out this gallery of photographs from the 2021 version of Nights of the Jack…

This article was originally posted on October7. It has been updated to include video.

Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.