Jack-o-lantern Trail

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 & beverages. Perfect for all ages, this night hike will be a great event for all.

2021 schedule
Oct. 27 – 30
6:30 – 10 p.m.

No preregistration required. Admission paid at the gate: $5 per person | children 12 and under are free 

Pumpkin Pledge

Fall is upon us and Lexington Parks and Recreation needs your pumpkins! 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 all the way 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!

Pumpkins need to be carved and dropped off Saturday, Oct. 23 – Tuesday, Oct. 26 before 5 p.m. to ensure freshness throughout the event. Pumpkins can also be dropped off in the evening hours of 5 – 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25 and Tuesday, Oct. 26.

What’s in it for you? Last year's Jack-o-lantern Trail was one of our most popular community events! The participants that donated a carved pumpkin loved visiting the trail and trying to find their creation in addition to seeing everyone else's handiwork. Also, this will be a ticketed event, but everyone who donates a carved pumpkin will receive a voucher to attend in addition to a special edition Cricket Press poster commemorating the event!

How many pumpkins will you pledge? 

Pledge pumpkins

Have questions? Contact us at aluallen@lexingtonky.gov or (859) 288-2925.