Halloween Happenings

Fright Nights return for its scariest year ever to Jacobson Park this Halloween season. Three different attractions are open during Fright Nights – the Dark Forest, 12 Doors and Entrapment.

There is no age limit, but it is strongly discouraged for children under the age of 13. No costumes allowed. Tickets start at $14, with speed passes to bypass lines available for purchase.
Open Thursdays & Sundays 7:30-10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays 7:30-11:30 p.m. through Nov. 2. Info: 229-4335.


Fewer scares are in store at the Little Goblins Galore Halloween party at McConnell Springs on Saturday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Children ages 12 & under can trick-or-treat in costume along a trail of friendly characters. The event will also include a petting zoo, carnival games and special entertainment. $5 per child, parents or guardians admitted for free. Info: 288-2900.


Zombies return to Lexington for the annual Thriller Parade and Halloween Extravaganza on Sunday, Oct. 26. Halloween festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse plaza downtown.

The live performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” will begin at 8 p.m. at Quality and Main streets, and continue down Main Street until Mill Street. The rain date for the event is Oct. 27. Those who wish to participate in the “Thriller” reenactment should contact Mecca Live at 254-9790 or meccadancestudio@gmail.com. For more info: 288-2925.


Explore the mysteries of the natural world with Halloween at Raven Run on Friday, Oct. 17. Mysteries of the Night will include darkened trails, a parade of pumpkins, ghost stories, an unusual cabinet of curiosities and free refreshments.

Spooky prizes will be given to all young participants. The programs begin at 7 and 9 p.m.

A daytime version of Halloween at Raven Run will be held Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. Cabinet of Natural Curiosities will explore the wonders of the nature center, include ghost stories, a tour of the historic home

Space is limited and preregistration is required for admittance to both programs. Info: 272-6105.

Be seen, not scared at the Louisville Zoo’s “World’s Largest Halloween Party” Oct. 3-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23-26 & 30. Every evening, from 5 to 8 p.m., is filled with magical Halloween fun for the whole family with trick-or-treating for kids 11 and under.

Wander the hay maze, meet the Giant Talking Pumpkin and enjoy the zoo.

Info: www.louisvillezoo.org