Best time to go to Louisville, KY

Halloween 2021

The largest celebration in the region includes a parade and a multi-day festival

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Thanks to an impressive variety of events, Louisville is one of the best cities in the Midwest to celebrate Halloween. From the vibrant parade to Halloween cruises on the Ohio River, pumpkin patches, and haunted houses—there's a lot to do in Louisville in October!

One of the best areas in the city to get into the Halloween spirit is the Hillcrest neighborhood. Halloween decorations in this residential area attract visitors from all over Louisville. Since the 1980s, Hillcrest Avenue residents have been very serious about their Halloween décor. What started as a friendly competition between neighbors has grown into a popular attraction, which draws crowds of children and adults.

Louisville Halloween Parade (postponed till 2022)

Louisville Halloween Parade is the largest fall celebration in the city, which attracts over 45,000 attendees. The parade usually starts on Baxter Avenue and continues to Bardstown Road, in the heart of the Highlands neighborhood, the epicenter of Louisville's nightlife as well as bar and restaurant scene. The parade features floats, colorful decorations, music bands, and funny characters marching through the Highlands. After the parade, visitors can stroll through craft booths, food vendors and listen to live music.

Ultimate Halloween Fest (Pope Lick Park, September 24–October 23, Paristown, October 29–31, 2021)

The Ultimate Halloween Fest is a massive event, running on the weekends in September and October. It includes live music from the best local and national bands as well as Halloween-themed entertainment. Attendees can enjoy Jack Lantern's Light Show, The Haunting Mansion Escape, Monster Midway, Cirque Legende, Matt Goodlett's Monster Makers, as well as holiday food and drinks. The Halloween Festival is one of Louisville's favorite traditions.

Louisville Zoo Halloween (October)

Discover the mysterious Louisville Zoo during the nighttime Boo at the Zoo experience, taking place on select nights in October. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and enjoy various attractions, such as The Spooktacular Carousel, “not-so-itsy-bitsy” Spider House, and The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. Trick-or-treating is available throughout multiple booths in the zoo. Boo at the Zoo runs from Thursday to Sunday, starting at 5 pm and closing at 10 pm. Special tickets are required.

Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular (September 30–October 31, 2021)

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is one of the best annual light displays in Louisville and is suitable for all ages. Held in Iroquois Park, this fall light extravaganza features 5,000 carved pumpkins, illuminated right after dusk and will glow till midnight. The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular also includes entertainment for the whole family and themed scenes with music.

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