Halloween Scare Fests

Parks and Recreation
Little Goblins Galore
McConnell Springs
Little Goblins ages 12 and under can enjoy the Halloween season with fewer scares. Trick-or-treat along a trail filled with friendly characters. There will be a petting zoo, carnival games, special entertainment, food and soft drinks.
Oct. 22: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Rain date: Oct. 23: 1-5 p.m.
$5 per child. Parents/guardians free.

Thriller Parade & Halloween Extravaganza
Downtown Lexington
254-9790 or 288-2925.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual performance of Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking video “Thriller,” which will be held at 8:30 p.m. after the pre-dance party in CentrePointe at 7 p.m. The undead will start out at the Kentucky Theatre and proceed down Main Street to Mill Street performing their “Thriller” routine.  An after-party will take place at the Fifth Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park with the crowning of the zombie king and queen and live music by “Rebel Without a Cause.”
Oct. 30: 7 p.m.
Rain date: Oct. 31: 7 p.m.

Lexington History Museum
215 West Main St.
254-0530 / www.lexingtonhistorymuseum.org
The fourth annual Scary Night at the Museum is a fun and scary way to learn about the history of the region. All of the ghosts in the haunted house are historical figures in Lexington’s, Kentucky’s or the nation’s history. For those too young or too scared to enjoy the haunted house, there is a fall festival on our third floor. This part of the event features holiday themed food, crafts, and games, plus a storyteller, costume contest and a witch trial.
Oct. 22: 6-8 p.m. Free admission.

Bluegrass Railroad Museum
175 Beasley Dr., Versailles
873-2476 / www.bgrm.org
The Halloween “Haunted” Train Ride will let you search for ghosts, goblins and ghouls during your ride.
Oct. 21-22 & 28-29: 8 p.m.

Jouett House
255 Craig’s Creek Road, Versailles
873-7902 / www.jouetthouse.org
If Walls Could Talk Ghost Walk: Experience the third annual dramatic tour of the Jack Jouett House as actors portray prominent Jouett family members. Watch and listen as you travel back to the days of an early Republic. Not recommended for very young children.
Oct. 15: 5-8 p.m. / Oct. 16: 2-5 p.m.
$8 for adults and students, $5 for children.
$5 group rate.

Louisville Zoo
1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville
(502) 459-2181 /  www.louisvillezoo.org
World’s Largest Halloween Party: If scary is no fun for your little one, then don’t miss this sweet party. Not-too-scary Halloween fun for the whole family with costumed characters and more than 15 fanciful storybook scenes throughout the Zoo. Trick-or-treating for kids 11 and under.
Oct. 7-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
5-8:30 p.m. Tickets $8 at window.

Cincinnati Zoo
3400 Vine St., Cincinnati
(513) 475-6124 / www.cincinnatizoo.org
HallZOOween at the Cincinnati Zoo and BOO-tanical Garden encourages children (12 and under) to dress up in their wildest costumes and fill up their goodie bags as they trick-or-treat through the Zoo. Guests can enjoy Giant Pumpkin Carving Demonstrations, Frisch’s Pumpkin Patch, Halloween Animal Meet & Greets, spooktacular Train Rides and the Scare-ousel. Little goblins can get a cool Zoo tattoo in the Beauty Shop of Horrors.
Oct. 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23: Noon-5 p.m. $14/adult, $10/child 2-12.