More than 5,000 jack-o-lanterns will shine this fall in Kentucky.
Louisville’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is back for a seventh year, running Oct. 8 through Nov. 3.
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular began in Oxford, MA back in 1988. The Louisville event is held in Iroquois Park with 5,000 carved pumpkins lining a 1/3-mile walking trail, illuminated at night as a dynamic and family friendly “art show.” Fun fact: the pumpkins are all real, and replaced every 3-7 days, depending on the weather!
The trail is a 1/3 mile soft surface, woodland path, with several steep slopes. Docents are stationed along the trail to answer questions and guide patrons.(For those with younger kids: this event is very fun and family friendly — not spooky!) Patrons using a wheelchair may have difficulty traversing the trail under rain-soaked conditions. No pets or animals, other than service animals, are allowed.
The event is held rain or shine. Gates to trail will open at dusk (around 7:15 pm) nightly. Closing hours are 11 pm, Sunday through Thursday and Midnight on Friday and Saturdays.
- Sunday-Thursday: $14 Adults; $12 Seniors, 65+; $10 Children, 3-12 (kids under 3 are free)
- Friday & Saturday: $18 Adults; $16 Seniors, 65+; $14 Children, 3-12 (kids under 3 are free)
Please note: there are now timed tickets on Friday and Saturday nights. Friday and Saturday nights are generally the busiest; for less crowds (and cheaper tickets!), go during the week!
The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular happens nightly from Oct. 8 through Nov. 3. Hours are from dusk to 11 pm during the week (Sunday-Thursday), and dusk to midnight on Friday and Saturday. The trail stays open until the last guest in line enters the head of the trail. Tickets can be purchased online here.