Jack O' Lantern Spectacular

The Early Show's weatherman Dave Price stopped by Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., for the big Jack O' Lantern Spectacular CBS/The Early Show

In 2003, The Early Show's weatherman Dave Price stopped by Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., for the big Jack O' Lantern Spectacular, in which thousands of pumpkins on a three-acre patch transport visitors on a virtual journey through time and space.

Over 30 professional pumpkin carvers use lighting, music and some surprising special effects to depict some of the most-loved children's stories, classic cartoons, favorite films, historical moments, living legends and other delights.

John Reckner started the tradition, and he takes a month off from his letter carrier job every year to pitch in.

"We visited a small farm in Vermont and a light bulb went off in our head after seeing the exhibit, to incorporate artwork with music backgrounds and put it in a scenic background and it all comes together," Reckner said.

The Spectacular is a fundraiser that benefits various causes.

On his visit to the pumpkin patch, Dave Price received some carving tips from Travis Rekner, whose specialty is intricately carved pumpkins.

For amateur carvers, Travis Reckner recommends using a saw to cut the pumpkin into little sections. The pumpkin is then emptied and the seeds are given to farmers, who use them to plant new pumpkins.

Jack O' Lantern Spectacular is scheduled to be displayed from Oct. 9 through Nov. 2.

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