Thriller and Halloween Parade

More than 30 years after Michael Jackson's groundbreaking video first aired, zombies and the non-dead still come together in downtown Lexington to celebrate Halloween by re-creating Thriller.

This event, which has been named a top 10 Halloween destination by USA Today, is brought to you by Lexington Parks & Recreation, Mecca Live Studio and WRFL.


Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019
2 – 11 p.m


Downtown Lexington
Events will take place at several downtown locations 


  • Wicked Wonders Art Market (3 – 8 p.m.) 
    Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza 
    A spooky-themed art market featuring vendors from across the region.  
  • Halloween Variety Show (4:30 – 5:30 p.m.)
    Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza 
    Featuring performances curated by Mecca Dance Studio, including a kid's Thriller, Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel," a "Ghosts of Avalon" routine and performances from the Black Bird Dance Theater, SCAPA and the March Madness Marching Band.  
  • Halloween and Thriller Parade (parade starts at 6 p.m., Thriller follows at 6:30 p.m.)
    Main Street from Quality and Mill streets
    Following the variety show is the Halloween Parade featuring floats, costumed characters and even more performance groups. The festivities culminate with the annual Thriller reenactment where several hundred zombies will dance, dawdle and drag themselves down Main Street to the classic Michael Jackson tune. Pedestrians can watch all along the parade route. Rain date for the parade and Thriller is Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 at the same time. 

Wicked Wonders Market

Once again, the Wicked Wonders Market is returning to the Courthouse Plaza to host sellers of ghoulish wares designed to thrill, chill and delight. This singularly bizarre bazaar will take place before the Halloween and Thriller parade, from 3 – 8 p.m. The following performances will coincide with the spooky-themed art market.

Food vendor application

Artist vendor application

Halloween Parade

Prior to the Thriller re-enactment, will be a Halloween parade featuring ghosts, ghouls, superheroes, villains and costumed characters of all kinds. 

Halloween parade application

Disclaimer: While the parade applauds all forms of free expression, it is not a political rally or a commercial opportunity. The focus here is Halloween fun; expect the pressing of outside agendas to be frowned upon, unless deployed with humor, ingenuity and within the spirit of the event. Also, no commercial/marketing only entries will be permitted.

Thriller Parade Zombie Dancers

Michael Jackson & Ola auditions

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 | 3 – 4 p.m.

Seeking Michael Jackson and Ola impersonators who have mastered their moves and can re-create their chemistry for the opening of our Thriller Parade. M.J. and Ola auditioners will be paired up to perform (act and dance) the opening dance sequence of the video. M.J. auditioners must also perform a prepared, original Michael Jackson choreography piece of their choice.

Become a zombie

Both children and adults can participate as zombies in the event. All zombie dancers MUST register online or in-person at any scheduled rehearsal by Saturday, October 19.

Ages 13 & over – $15
Ages 12 & under – $10

For more information about Thriller, contact Sarah Buckles at or (859) 425-2057.

Rehearsal details & schedule

All rehearsals will be held at Artworks at the Carver School, 522 Patterson Street, Lexington, KYParticipants are required to attend at least one regular rehearsal and one staging rehearsal.

  • Regular rehearsals: Sept. 30 – 19, 2019
  • Staging rehearsals: Oct. 21 – 26, 2019
  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 – 7 p.m. (registration and check-in: 5:30 – 6 p.m.)
  • Saturdays, 2 – 3 p.m. (registration and check-in: 1:30 – 2 p.m.)
  • Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019: Zombie make-up tutorial following rehearsal

For more information about Thriller, contact Sarah Buckles at or (859) 425-2057.