Halloween Festival and Parade guarantee a spooky good time in downtown Lexington

Lexington Parks & Recreation presents its annual Halloween Festival and Parade, Sunday, Oct. 27. (Parade rain date: Oct. 28.) This annual tradition has become a local must see as Halloween enthusiasts of all ages descend on downtown Lexington to celebrate the season and community.

Lexington’s largest, free Halloween party will kick off with Halloween-inspired art and performances at the Wicked Wonders Market and Halloween Variety Show (4 – 8 p.m., Courthouse Plaza). Food and beverage vendors will be onsite serving up good eats and treats.

The Halloween Parade will begin to creep down Main Street at 6:30 p.m., and will feature costumed characters, floats, artists and entertainers. Members of the community are invited to submit parade entries, (costumed characters, performances, floats, etc.) displaying their creativity and festive family fun. There is no charge for costumed characters and entertainers to walk in the parade. Entry fees for floats, community groups and businesses range from $25 – $150.

New to the parade this year is the Monster Mash-up Flash Mob. Groovy Ghouls, Whirling Werewolves, Marching Mummies and Frolicking Fiends will present a new spine-chilling addition to the annual Halloween Parade. Like the Thriller re-enactment, which is also a part of this year’s parade, the Monster Mash-up is open to all skill levels. Both the Monster Mash-up and Thriller re-enactment will follow the parade and occur repeatedly along Main Street, beginning at Quality Street and ending at Mill Street.

Monster Mash-up and Thriller participants may select only one dance and must register between September 16 and October 19. Rehearsals are held at Artworks at the Carver School, 522 Patterson Street. Cost: Monster Mash-up, 13 & over, $10; 8 – 12 free; Thriller, 13 & over, $15; 12 & under, $10.

For a complete event schedule, registration and rehearsal information visit lexingtonky.gov/halloween or contact Amber Luallen with Lexington Parks & Recreation at aluallen@lexingtonky.gov or (859) 425-2057.

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Zombie participants in the Halloween parade