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Halloween Events in Lexington, KY

Updated on March 25, 2015
Jack-O-Lantern's on the steps of Old Morrison at Translyvania University in Lexington, Kentucky
Jack-O-Lantern's on the steps of Old Morrison at Translyvania University in Lexington, Kentucky | Source

Many residents in Lexington, Kentucky look forward to the Halloween season. This is because there are plenty of events and things to make each Halloween fun and memorable for all ages. Although there are a variety of small events all over the city, there are also several large events that have become icons in Lexington.

The Scarefest Convention

The Scarefest Convention is a great way to kick off the Halloween season in Lexington, Kentucky. It is the largest horror film and paranormal convention in the United States. Meet some of your favorite horror film stars as well as many favorite paranormal celebrities. In the past Scarefest has had big names such as Elvira, Kane Hodder, Lin Shaye, Malcolm McDowell, Corey Feldman, Josh Gates, Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Chip Coffey, Chris Fleming, the Booth Brothers, Adventure Myths, cast of Deep South Paranormal, and members of Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International just to name a few. Also find a variety of vendors with cool merchandise and get a preview of some of the actors from Wicked World Scaregrounds.

In addition to this there are several seminars on a variety of topics. Scarefest isn't over when the doors close. There's a VIP party, Costume Ball, movies, ghost hunts, gaming portal, and much more. Although day and weekend passes are available, it is always good to plan ahead and try to purchase a gold or platinum ticket so that you will have access to experience more at Scarefest. Keep in mind that the gold and platinum tickets are limited and sell out quickly. It is always best to purchase these as soon as they go on sale earlier in the year.

Patti Starr and her band of volunteers have done a wonderful job organizing this event and each year Scarefest gets bigger and better. If you would like more information on Scarefest be sure to visit the Official Scarefest Convention website.

Wicked World Scaregrounds

Wicked World Scaregrounds is located at 5817 Tates Creek Road and offers an indoor haunted attraction as well as an outdoor haunted attraction. They have a variety of ticket options. You could choose to enjoy one attraction or purchase a combo pass to enjoy both attractions. Tickets can be purchased online but you will have to print your PayPal purchase receipt to receive the tickets at the gate. On Friday and Saturday they are open from 7:30pm to 12:00am. On Sunday and Thursday they are open from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Wicked World Scaregrounds starts around the first weekend of October.

Thriller Zombie Parade

Since 2001, residents of Lexington enjoy coming out to the Thriller Zombie Parade. For those who wish to participate in the parade, there are rehearsal dates that you can attend to sign up and practice for this year's Thriller Zombie Parade. Rehearsals are usually Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings as well as a session on Saturdays. Although attending every rehearsal isn't required, it is mandatory to attend at least one regular rehearsal and at least one staging rehearsal the week before the parade. Rehearsal takes place at Mecca Studio, which is located at 451 Chair Avenue. If you would like more information on how to participate or simply attend the Thriller Zombie Parade, call 859-254-9790.

Thriller and Halloween Parade in Lexington, Kentucky
Thriller and Halloween Parade in Lexington, Kentucky | Source

Devine's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

If you are looking for a family-friendly place to enjoy the Halloween season, consider traveling 45 minutes to Devine's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Have the opportunity to walk through a corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, enjoy the petting zoo, and much more including a nighttime bonfire where you can roast marshmallows. This event is great for families as well as school groups.

If you are looking for something scary this Halloween, Devine's Corn Maze also has a special event on Halloween called the Field of Horror. Come out and get spooked through one of three corn mazes.

Spirit Strolls

This Halloween, consider heading out to the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. They have a variety of fun for children and adults of all ages. Children can trick-or-treat their way through history and enjoy some festive treats. After 8pm adults can stick around for a spooky spirit stroll as they will soon come to realize that sometimes actual historical events can be even scarier than fictional ghost stories.

This Halloween event is usually open for only two days around Halloween and starts about 5pm. However, guests can arrive as early as 4pm to receive a special rate. Admission is generally $5.00.

Raven Run

Raven Run, located at 5888 Jacks Creek Pike, Lexington, KY, 40515, usually sponsors a Halloween Walk each year. Enjoy the parade of pumpkins and walk along darkened trails discovering the wildlife and plant life along the trail. Also learn about history and listen to ghost stories. Refreshments are available and children receive special treats. The event is free but you must preregister because space is limited. For more information, call (859) 272-6105.

Little Goblins Galore

Each year Lexington hosts a fun, family-friendly Halloween event called Little Goblins Galore. Children who are 12 and under are encouraged dress up in costume and to come out to McConnell Springs, located at 416 Rebmann Lane, Lexington, KY 40504. They will get to trick-or-treat along the trail as well as play carnival games and enjoy the family-friendly entertainment, along with a petting zoo. Admission is $5 for the children and parents are free.

Kentucky Horse Park

The Kentucky Horse Park partnered with Central Kentucky Riding for Hope hosts a special Halloween fundraiser each year. The Kentucky Horse Park opens up riding trails not normally open to the public. There will be a ride-a-thon and costume classes as well. In addition to this, there will be a used tackle sale to help benefit the Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, which helps children and adults with disabilities. Check out the website for more information.

The Kentucky Horse Park usually hosts a Halloween Camp Out for two weekends in October. There will be scheduled events, such as crafts, costume contest, golf cart parade and trick-or-treating for the kids.

© 2014 Linda Sarhan


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