Around here Halloween starts early. See I love, love, LOVE Halloween and when I say I love Halloween, I mean I think it's better than Christmas! That means around here we get pretty excited about all things pumpkins, ghosts, bats, and all-around spookiness.

I love Halloween so much that I have already been shopping for spooky-themed home decor and I bought myself the cutest spooky blanket for fall! I am also planning my costume already too. Needless to say, it's never too soon for Halloween - or Jack O'Lanterns and you're going to want to plan a trip to Kentucky soon!

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A Regional Halloween Favorite

There are always a ton of events and activities to celebrate the haunting season but one of our favorite regional attractions is the Louisville Jack O' Lantern Spectacular. This massive walking trail event is made up of literally thousands of pumpkins artfully carved into some of the most intricate designs you can imagine. Event organizers announced that they are gearing up for 2023.

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The 11th Year

The Jack O' Lantern Spectacular actually got its start in 1988 in Oxford, Massachusetts. The Louisville Jack O' Lantern Spectacular is now in its eleventh year, running October 3 - October 31, 2023 and tickets will go on sale beginning September 1st. Held in Iroquois Park, located at 4800 New Cut Road, the 2023 show will be open nightly beginning at dusk. The show closes at 11 pm Sunday through Thursday nights and Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The theme for this year is "Wanderlust: The World is Your Pumpkin” and again tickets will be on sale soon, allowing you to pick the day and time that you'd like to visit for a walk-through.  

Get Tickets to the Louisville Spectacular

With more than 5,000 carved pumpkins, this is a do-not-miss event and who knows maybe it will become a new family tradition to visit Louisville for Halloween. If you plan to attend, parking is free, however, allow enough time to walk from the parking lot to the entrance. Also if you get hungry, there are concessions, including food and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Learn more by visiting

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