Things to Du in the 502: Halloween edition

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Photo Courtesy to the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular.

Jayvon Rankin

With Halloween season looming upon us and COVID-19 roaring, there are still many events you can either go to or do virtually through these tough times. Here are some of our best picks for Halloween activities.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular – Drive Thru Edition

Go see displays of jack o’lanterns transformed into works of art in the wooded setting of historic Iroquois Park. An experience combining artistry and pure fall fun with over 5,000 professionally carved jack-o-lanterns including over 100 masterpieces lighting nearly a one third mile trail. This year’s show, “A Night at the Library”, is a celebration of the Smithsonian’s 50th anniversary with vignettes highlighting imagery from literature, pop culture, history, arts and cinema. Proceeds from the event benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation.


Jack O’Lantern Stroll – Drive Thru Edition

The Jack O’Lantern Stroll is one of the premier Halloween events in Kentuckiana, attracting thousands of people per year. In addition to the over 1,500 carved pumpkins, the Stroll offers trick-or-treating , games, crafts, Louisville’s largest pumpkin pie by Heitzman’s Traditional Bakery, members of the Louisville League of Mascots, University of Louisville athletes, live music and much more. The event will be held at 1960 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY on Friday, Oct. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dreams with Wings Jack O’Lantern Stroll promotional flyer.

J-Town PumpkinFest

The J-Town PumpkinFest will be held on Oct. 31 from noon to 2 p.m. Children will dress in their Halloween costumes and trick or treat around Gaslight Square. There will also be various activities for the children to do along the way. This event is free of cost and available to everyone, there will be enforced social distance guidelines.

Dracula at Actors Theater

Originally dramatized by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston from Bram Stoker’s world famous novel, Dracula, as adapted & directed by William McNulty. Louisville’s original Halloween cult thriller! Experience the Louisville Halloween tradition, this celebrated gothic screamfest, is an event with plenty of thrills to keep you on edge. Buckets of blood, explosions and other amazing special effects occur right before your eyes. This event will show throughout the rest of October ending Halloween. Tickets start at $35 per person, but they do go fast. Visit their website here.