Fall Events & Programs

The city of Lexington 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.

Schedule of 2023 Events & Programs

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Freaky Flicks – Oct. 6, 13 and 20

Fridays, Oct. 6, 13 and 20
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.

2023 Schedule

  • Oct. 6 | Hocus Pocus | Masterson Station Park
  • Oct. 13 | Casper (1995) | Moondance Amphitheater
  • Oct. 20 | Monsters, Inc. | Moondance Amphitheater

Story Walk: The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo – Oct. 7

McConnell Springs Park
Wednesday, Sept. 13
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Enjoy reading this fun story, The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo by Elaine Bickell, as a way to ring in spooky season. Story walks are a combination of the fun of a story with the added excitement of a hike through the park. Pages of children's stories will be posted along the trails for a self-guided activity for the whole group. No registration is required and you can go at your own pace.

Goo Goo Muck Dance Rehearsal – Oct. 7, 14 and 21

Artworks at the Carver School 
Saturdays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21
3 – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Get creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, and altogether ooky! Channel your inner Wednesday for a flash mob recreation of her viral Rave'N Ball dance in the Halloween Parade down Main St. just before the Thriller reenactment. Must attend at least one rehearsal to participate. Check-in is at 2:30 p.m. No registration is required.

Witch's Brew Botany – Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 30

6 – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 10 | Duncan Park
Tuesday, Oct. 17 | Charles Young Park
Tuesday, Oct. 24 | Woodland Park
Monday, Oct. 30 | Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Cost: Admission is free

Examine the world of plants and fungi that have been historically associated with witchcraft and potions. Learn about the traditional uses of these plants and their chemical properties!

Pumpkin Patch Classic – Oct. 15

Tates Creek Golf Course
Sunday, Oct. 15
8 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!


History & Mysteries – Oct. 21

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Saturday, Oct. 21
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $5

Join park staff on a leisurely golden hour walk through the past at Raven Run. We'll stop by some of our 19th century homestead remnants to learn about some of our mysterious former residents, strange historical happenings, and spooky traditions of the last 150 years at the park.


Halloween Printmaking Workshop – Oct. 21

Artworks, 522 Patterson Street
Saturday, Oct. 21
1 – 4 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 and up.


Raven Run Pumpkin Carving – Oct. 21 and 28

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Saturday, Oct. 21 | 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28 | 5 – 6:15 p.m.
Cost: $5

Come out to the park for a family-friendly fall evening at Raven Run! Carve pumpkins and enjoy hot chocolate while watching night settle over the park. When you’re finished you can take your pumpkin home or for those carving on Oct. 21, they can drop their pumpkins off at McConnell Springs Park for the Jack-o-lantern Trail. All supplies provided. A Full Moon Hike will take place after the carving on Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. It requires separate registration.


Carve & Chip'n – Oct. 22

McConnell Springs Park 
Sunday, Oct. 22
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. 26 – 28. All donors will receive free admission to the trail and a free poster.

Fright Night Bingo – Oct. 25

Kenwick Community Center 
Sunday, Oct. 25
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Looking for a SPOOKY time with family and friends? Get ready for an evening of fright and fun at the Kenwick Community Center's Fright Night Bingo event! There will be snacks, decorations, and plenty of prizes for everyone! Be there or be scared!

Yappy Hour Howloween Party – Oct. 25

Jacobson Park
Wednesday, Oct. 25
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free (Donation required to enter costume contest)

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, live music, frozen dessert, cold beer, hard cider and activities will be available for you and your furry best friends. Vendors selling accessories for you and your pup are often present. Thank you to Richmond Road Veterinary Clinic and Tates Creek Animal Hospital for making this event possible.

Jack-o-lantern Trail – Oct. 25 – 28

McConnell Springs
Wednesday, Oct. 25 | Thursday, Oct. 26 | Friday, Oct. 27 | Saturday, Oct. 28
6:30 – 10 p.m.
Cost: $6 per person (children 12 and under free)

Enjoy an enchanting Halloween experience at McConnell Springs featuring hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins as they light up the night. 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 will be 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!

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Jr. Explorers: Spooky Spiders – Oct. 28

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Saturday, Oct. 28
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Kids K – 5th grade can join park staff to learn about our spooky arachnid friends with outdoor activities and crafts. Registration is required, but free.


Full Moon Hike – Oct. 28

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary
Saturday, Oct. 28
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $5

Take a walk through the nighttime park to look and listen for our nocturnal wildlife as the moon rises.


Halloween Variety Show and Halloween & Thriller Parade – Oct. 29

Downtown Lexington
Saturday, Oct. 29
5 – 9 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.

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Lexington Trick-or-Treat – Oct. 31

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

Day of the Dead Festival – Nov. 2

Valley Park 
Thursday, Nov. 2
6 – 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.