Friday, October 14, 2022 and Saturday, October 15, 2022
6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (last admission at 8:15 p.m. nightly)
Heroes and Villains invade Wellfield! Presented in partnership with the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum, this Halloween-themed event combines the natural beauty of Wellfield with your favorite superheroes and villains.
You’ll walk our main promenade and enjoy live performances from all your favorites, including: Groot, Poison Ivy, Joker, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Riddler, Batman, Spider-Man, Bride of Frankenstein, and Loki. The Hall of Heroes Museum will have many of their special statues on display, as well. Take a photo with your favorites!
Our Event Plaza will have a special photo booth featuring the Ghost Rider bike, and we’ll have local heroes available as well. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
We encourage all to dress in costume, or come as you are! This is a family-friendly event, with something for everyone.
Discounted tickets are available online (click “Purchase Tickets” links on this page) or at our Visitors Cottage until Thursday, October 13 at 6 p.m. Save 20% by purchasing in advance! All guests of this event will receive a voucher good for free admission to the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum (must be used within 30 days).
Advance purchase pricing is as follows:
$12 for Adults 13 and up
$8 for kids 3-12
After October 13, tickets are available at the gate only! Tickets at the gate will be $15 for Adults 13 and up, $10 for kids 3-12.
To get your tickets, follow this link: I want Garden of Villains tickets!!
– Choose your night to visit, fill out the info and purchase.
– Get your costume on and head to Wellfield on your chosen night!
– Parking is plentiful at the NE corner of Main/Simonton.
– Gates open at 6 p.m.; you can visit any time between then and when the gates close at 8:15 p.m. All guests must exit by 9 p.m.
Have questions about the event? We’ve got answers!
When are you open?
Gates open at 6:00 p.m. each night of the show, and we close at 9:00 p.m. The last admission is at 8:15 p.m. You can visit anytime during that window.
Can I get tickets at the gate, or do I have to purchase in advance?
Tickets are plentiful at the gate, but you can get discounted tickets from now until Thursday, October 13th at 6 p.m. online or at our Visitors Cottage. After that time, full-price tickets are available at the gate the night you visit! Credit cards are preferred, but cash is good, too.
Do we have to choose a night to visit?
Yes! Choose your night to visit: Friday or Saturday. Of course, if you have a great time on Friday and want to come back on Saturday, you’re welcome to purchase additional tickets when you arrive at the gate on Saturday!
Will you sell out of tickets?
No! Tickets are plentiful – get them in advance (tickets are discounted until Thursday, October 13th) or at the gate on the night you visit.
Can we wear costumes?
Absolutely! We encourage you to dress up as your favorite character, whether that’s a superhero a villain, or just your favorite Halloween costume. No costume? Don’t worry – we won’t judge. Just come out and have fun!
Please keep in mind, this event is 100% outdoors, and you’ll be walking in darkness. Plan your costume accordingly, so you are comfy and able to see and walk the Gardens safely.
Will there be trick or treating?
NO. This is not a trick-or-treat event. We will have some treats available at the end of your journey, but the real “treat” is being able to see all your favorite heroes and villains in a beautiful setting. We hope they don’t “trick” you!
Is it scary?
This is a Halloween-themed event, but as far as we know, none of the Villains are haunted, and they’ve all been instructed not to scare little monsters. Older kids and adults, beware!
Do we need to be there right at 6:00 p.m.?
No. You can enter the Gardens any time while we’re open, from 6:00 – 9:00 nightly. Admission gates close at 8:15 p.m. nightly. All guests must exit the Gardens by 9:00 p.m., no exceptions!
Do we need to choose a date?
Yes – please choose Friday or Saturday night when you purchase your tickets in advance.
Do I need to bring my printed/paper ticket?
NO – while we appreciate you bringing a paper ticket or showing us your ticket(s) on your phone, we’ll be using a checklist at admissions, so we’ll need your name if you pre-paid, or the name of the person who purchased the tickets if you got them from someone else.
Where should I park?
Wellfield’s main lot will be reserved exclusively for handicap placard-displaying vehicles and drop-off ONLY. General Parking for Garden of Villains is available at the northeast corner of the Main Street and Simonton Street intersection. From there, it’s a short walk to Wellfield’s main entrance. Please be careful crossing the street using the crosswalk and follow signs to the entrance.
How long does it take to see the Garden of Villains? Do we only go around once?
Our main Promenade pathway is approximately 1/2-mile around; the event will take place completely on that path. You can walk as quickly or slowly as you’d like (no running, please). Please try to be considerate of other people and don’t block pathways. Our path will be one way around the Gardens, and you’re welcome to take another lap, if you missed one of your favorite characters or need another selfie. Most people will be able to see the show in about 45-60 minutes; your mileage may vary. All guests must exit the Garden of Villains by 9 p.m.
Will the show go on, rain or (star)shine?
Yes! Please dress for the weather – this event takes place completely outdoors.
If weather conditions are unsafe (think: lightning), we reserve the right to close.
Can I take a golf cart tour of the Garden of Villains?
No. While there will be a golf cart onsite for emergencies, we cannot have a cart on the route for safety reasons (darkness, families with small children, narrow pathways, and golf carts don’t mix).
Are strollers or wagons allowed? What about bikes?
You are welcome to bring a stroller or wagon to help carry your monsters. Any other wheeled or riding toy is not permitted in the Gardens.
Do you have wheelchairs available?
Two loaner wheelchairs are available in the Visitors Cottage and are available on a first-come, first served basis (must remain on the path). Other personal power-driven mobility devices (personal electric “scooters”) are permitted.
Are dogs or other pets allowed at Garden of Villains?
No. Due to congestion, darkness, and leash trip hazards, pets are not permitted at special/ticketed events at Wellfield. No exceptions.
Will the Children’s Garden be open during Garden of Villains?
No. Due to darkness, several of our themed Gardens, including our Children’s Garden, Island Garden and English Cottage Garden will be closed during our Garden of Villains shows. We ask that you remain on our main promenade paths at all times.
Are there restroom facilities in the Gardens?
Yes, there are public restrooms available at the Event Plaza in our Garden Restroom Building.
Will food and drink be available in the Gardens?
Yes! We will have food and beverages available for purchase on our Event Plaza. We’ll post the participants here on our webpage.
I have a complimentary admission pass to the Gardens, can I use it to get in to Garden of Villains?NO. Our admission passes can be used on any day we are open, but are NOT valid for special/ticketed events such as Garden of Villains.
I’m a member of another botanic garden and use that membership to visit Wellfield. Will my AHS reciprocal privileges allow me admission to the Garden of Villains event?
No. As Garden of Villains is a special, ticketed event, AHS reciprocal does not apply.
If I buy tickets and cannot attend on the night I planned, what do I do?
Tickets are transferable, so you can gift them to a friend-just email them your receipt, and they can check in using your name. Unused tickets will be graciously accepted as a donation to Wellfield Botanic Gardens and the Hall of Heroes Museum. NO REFUNDS given, for any reason.