Halloween Happenings

Halloween is a kid’s favorite holiday! After all, who doesn’t love the opportunity to dress up as their favorite superhero or Disney princess? Plus, free candy! Below is a list of the most popular Halloween events put on by Lexington Parks & Recreation, with events appropriate for kids of all ages!

For baby bear, the Little Goblins Galore is just right! Children ages 12 and under can enjoy Halloween with fewer scares at this annual event.

Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes as they trick-or-treat along a trail lined with friendly characters. This event also features a petting zoo, carnival games and special entertainment.

Little Goblins Galore will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McConnell Springs. While the admission fee is $5 per child, parents and guardians will be admitted for free. Info: 288-2900.


For your young Dr. Frankenstein, be sure to explore the mysteries of the natural world at Halloween at Raven Run!

Kids can hear ghost stories as they tour the grounds of the historic home and travel down darkened trails in search of unusual plants and animals. Don’t forget to check out the annual “Parade of Pumpkins!”

The event is Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. Space is limited and registration is required. Info: 272-6105.


Be afraid. Be very afraid of Fright Nights at Jacobson Park!

This is no ordinary haunted house. Spread across 40 acres, patrons can enjoy three different attractions: the Dark Forest, 13 Doors and the all-new Entrapment. There is no age requirement, but it is recommended that only those 13 and up attend. Costumes are also not allowed.

Running through Nov. 1, Fright Nights will take place from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday nights, and from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Info: 229.4335.


Zombies will return to haunt downtown Lexington once again on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the annual Thriller Parade and Halloween Extravaganza!

The undead will begin their annual live performance of Michael Jackson’s video “Thriller” at 8:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Theatre. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Info: 288.2925.