Halloween events and programs

The city of Lexington’s is known for our amazing fall and Halloween-themed events. The city has been named a Top 10 Halloween Destination by USA Today and was featured in the Top 25 Best Halloween Festivals Across the U.S. by Oprah Magazine. Looking to celebrate spooky season with us? Check out the list of events and programs below, presented by Lexington Parks & Recreation.

Full schedule of events

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Freaky Flicks – Oct. 1, 8 and 15

Saturday, Oct. 1 | Saturday, Oct. 8 | Saturday, Oct. 15
6:30 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free

Enjoy family-friendly spooky movies in October. Preshow activities begin at 6:30 p.m. and movies begin at dark. Food trucks will be onsite. Blankets and chairs should be brought for seating.

2022 Schedule

  • Oct. 1 | Hocus Pocus | Masterson Station Park
  • Oct. 8 | Ghostbusters: Afterlife | Moondance Amphitheater
  • Oct. 15 | Addams Family Values | Moondance Amphitheater

Halloween Printmaking Workshop – Oct. 15

Artworks, 522 Patterson Street
Saturday, Oct. 15
2 – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Make an original piece of art and Halloween keepsake to celebrate the season! Beginners receive a mini-lesson that will introduce the printmaking basics while more experienced printmakers can utilize the studio for their creations. Participants can drop in and choose from several precut designs or may sign up for a longer session to create and print a custom design of their own. Ages 6 & up.

Pumpkin Carving – Oct. 15 and 22

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Saturday, Oct. 15 | Saturday, Oct. 22
5 – 6:15 p.m.
Cost: $5

Come out to the park for a family-friendly evening fall evening at Raven Run! Carve pumpkins and snack on popcorn and hot chocolate while watching night settle over the park. When you’re finished you can take your pumpkin home, or donate it to help decorate the Jack-O-Lantern Trail at McConnell Springs Park. Spaces are limited. All supplies provided. Please note: These program are full. If additional spots become available, you can reserve them at the link below.


Pumpkin Patch Classic – Oct. 16

Tates Creek Golf Course
Sunday, Oct. 16
8:30 a.m.
Cost: $130 per team or $65 per player (Includes green fee, cart fee, prize money and lunch)

The annual Pumpkin Patch Classic golf tournament returns to Tates Creek Golf Course on Sunday, Oct.16. This 18-hole tournament is open to two-person teams and will be played in a scramble format. Golfers of all ages and skill levels are eligible to participate. Enjoy fun decorations and trophies to match the spooky season!


Yappy Hour Howloween Party – Oct. 19

Jacobson Park
Wednesday, Oct. 19
5 – 7 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free (Donation required to enter costume contest)

It's a pop-up Yappy Hour! You and your dog are invited to a Howloween party! We will have a pay-what-you-like costume contest ($5 suggested) with winners in several categories including "Greatest DIY" and "Best Overall." Donations go to Friends of the Dog Parks. Locally sourced food trucks and breweries will be available, or bring your own picnics and chairs!

Free Costume Giveaway – Oct. 19

Dunbar Community Center
Wednesday, Oct. 19
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Join us for a free Halloween costume giveaway at Dunbar Community Center put on by Caring Costumes, a charitable organization that provides previously enjoyed, gently-used costumes to children who might not otherwise have the ability to participate in fun Halloween activities. Costumes are available while they last. Please consider donating any costumes and they will clean and prepare for another child to enjoy this Halloween!

More info about Caring Costumes

Halloween Festival & Thriller Parade – Oct. 22

Downtown Lexington
Saturday, Oct. 22
4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free

This annual tradition has become a local must-do event as Halloween enthusiasts of all ages descend on downtown Lexington to celebrate the season. Lexington’s largest free Halloween party will kick off with Halloween-inspired art and performances at Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, then culminate with the Halloween Parade and Thriller reenactment on Main Street. Food and beverage vendors will be onsite serving up good eats and treats. Want to be a zombie in the Thriller reenactment? Click the link below to find out how to join the zombie dance group.

Additional info

History & Mysteries – Oct. 22 and 29

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Saturday, Oct. 22 | Saturday, Oct. 29
7:30 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $5

Join us for an evening walk as we explore the haunting incidents, eerie historical customs, and mysterious past residents of the last 200 years of Raven Run Nature Sanctuary history.


Carve & Chip'n – Oct. 23

McConnell Springs Park 
Sunday, Oct. 23
1 – 5 p.m.
Cost: Bring your own pumpkin

Calling all pumpkin Picassos! Join us at McConnell Springs Park for a Carve & Chip'n event to add pumpkins to this year's Jack-o-lantern Trail! You supply the pumpkin, we'll have tools and stencils, and then will take care of the mess when you're finished. All pumpkins will be donated to the Jack-o-lantern Trail which takes place at McConnell Springs Park Oct. 27 – 30. All donors will receive free admission to the trail and a free poster.

Jack-o-lantern Trail – Oct. 27 – 30

McConnell Springs
Thursday, Oct. 27 | Friday, Oct. 28 | Saturday, Oct. 29 | Sunday, Oct. 30
6:30 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person (children 12 and under free)

Lexington Parks & Recreation will host our third annual Jack-o-lantern Trail at McConnell Springs this Halloween. The public will enjoy an enchanting Halloween experience featuring hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins as they light up the woodland trail. In addition to marveling at the glow of the pumpkins, there will be campfires and s’mores, live owls from Critters in the Classroom and tasty fall food and beverages. Perfect for all ages, this night hike is a great event for all.

Show your pumpkin carving skills and take the Pumpkin Pledge to help bring this exciting Halloween experience to the community. We would like at least 1,000 carved pumpkins to make it around the half-mile trail at McConnell Springs, but without you, we have no trail! If you donate the carved jack-o-lantern, Parks will take care of lighting them. People can donate a single pumpkin or groups can plan a special concept pumpkin grouping or sculpture. The sky is the limit for creativity and participation!

Additional info

October Festival Costume Party – Oct. 28

Dunbar Community Center
Friday, Oct. 28
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Come join us at the Dunbar Community Center for a free and fun October Festival Costume Party! Enjoy music, food, games, prizes and of course... candy! The event will be held inside Dunbar Community Center at 545 N. Upper St.

Dia de los Muertos Festival – Oct. 29

Valley Park 
Saturday, Oct. 29
4:30 – 10 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free

Join us for our Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival! This spirited event will honor the traditional Mexican holiday of remembering loved ones who have passed and will feature food trucks and inspired performances featuring Casa de la Cultura, Matlachines and more. In addition, all are invited to bring mementos or offerings for a community ofrenda (decorated altar of remembrance) that will be built in honor of loved ones no longer with us.

¡Únase a nosotros para nuestro Festival del Día de los Muertos! Este evento honrará la fiesta tradicional Mexicana de recordar a los seres queridos que han fallecido con representaciones de la cultura inspiradas con la Casa de la Cultura, Matlachines y más. Además, todos están invitados a traer recuerdos y ofrendas para una ofrenda comunitaria que se construirá en honor a los seres queridos que ya no están con nosotros. Habra camiones de comida disponible.

Lexington Trick-or-Treat – Oct. 31

Throughout Lexington
Monday, Oct. 31
6 – 8 p.m.