Lexington plans Halloween events

Lexington is gearing up for a variety of events allowing people of all ages a chance to celebrate the spooky season, Mayor Linda Gorton said today.

The return of the iconic Thriller and Halloween parade are joined by some new opportunities for the ghouls and goblins to emerge. 

 “Lexington is known for its amazing fall events,” said Mayor Linda Gorton. “Thriller and the Halloween parade are back, and we’re also offering a variety of other events for Lexingtonians to enjoy. From the second annual Jack-o-lantern Trail to an expanded Freaky Friday Flicks to the addition of a new Dia de los Muertos event, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!”

Thriller and the Halloween parade return to downtown Lexington on Sunday, Oct. 24. The Jack-o-lantern Trail, a new event that started last year, returns to McConnell Springs, Oct. 27-30. Residents are invited to “pledge their pumpkin” for the trail and drop off carved pumpkins Oct. 23-26. Other workshops and outdoor movies are available throughout October. As we transition into November, we’ll be celebrating Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 1 at Valley Park.

“We’re so excited to present some amazing events for our city to enjoy and bring back an iconic one that residents have grown to love,” said Amber Luallen, Superintendent of Cultural Arts & Events at Lexington Parks & Recreation. “We know how proud the entire city is of our nationally-recognized Thriller parade, and with it being outside with plenty of space, we’re happy to safely bring it back to downtown Lexington. We can’t wait to see the zombies back on Main Street, and hope you’ll also join us for the other great events we’re offering throughout this season.”

Embrace your spooky side at any of the following events this season:

  • Freaky Friday Flicks (Nightmare Before Christmas) – Oct. 22, Masterson Station Park
  • Halloween Printmaking Workshop – Oct. 23, Artworks at the Carver School
  • Jack-o-lantern Trail Pumpkin Drop-Off – Oct. 23-26, McConnell Springs Park
  • Thriller & Halloween Parade and Festival – Oct. 24, Downtown
  • Jack-o-lantern Trail – Oct. 27-30, McConnell Springs Park
  • Trick-or-Treat – 6 – 8 p.m., Oct. 31, 
  • Dia de los Muertos – Nov. 1, Valley Park
  • Freaky Friday Flicks (rescheduled showing of Gremlins) – Nov. 5, Moondance Amphitheater
  • To view a full event schedule and find out more information about upcoming events, residents are encouraged to visit lexingtonky.gov/calendar.


Parks & Recreation, a division of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, oversees the programming, maintenance, and development of over 100 city parks and natural areas, six pools, five golf courses, community centers, and three arts venues. To find out more, follow @LexKYParks on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, or sign up for the email newsletter.

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