For the 50+ Traveler

What do haunted houses, pumpkin patches, and costume parties all have in common? They are signals that the Halloween season has arrived! Halloween is known as the spookiest time of the year, full of scary movie marathons and pumpkin carving. All about the season? If you aren’t too busy bobbing for apples, set your sights on Louisville, where 2019 marks the seventh year of the city’s nearly five-week-long event to honor all things Halloween: the Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.

The Jack-O-Lantern Trail in Louisville.

Learn About The Trail

The Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Trail is one of three trails put together by Passion For Pumpkins (P4P), a production company that operates Providence, Rhode Island, and Minneapolis Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular trails as well. The organization has been around for 25 years and prides itself on “redefining fall by transforming any landscape into an illuminated organic gallery.”

The Jack-O-Lantern Trail in Louisville.

When, Where, And How Much?

If you’re a lover of the Halloween season, but tend to be the type of person to jump at a knock on the door after watching a scary movie, then this trail is perfect for you! The Louisville trail is a “one-third mile soft surface, woodland path, with several steep slopes,” according to the Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Trail website.

You can visit the lit-up trail from now until November 3 at Iroquois Park, a 20-minute drive south of downtown Louisville. The park is well lit with 5,000 skillfully carved pumpkins that line the walking trail. The illuminated trail is an art show al fresco thanks to the specially carved pumpkins. Oh, and how could we forget the best part? Food is available!

Rain or shine, the Jack-O-Lantern Trail experience begins at dusk, around 7:15 p.m., and ends at 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, the trail is open until midnight. The trail remains open nightly until the last guest reaches the trailhead.

The Jack-O-Lantern Trail in Louisville.

Longer lines on the weekends can result in up to a 2-hour wait, and the organizers urge visitors to plan accordingly.

Tickets can be purchased ahead online, or you can wait and purchase them at the gate. The Jack-O-Lantern Trail box office is open nightly at 6 p.m. If you’re hoping to skip the box office line and pay online, note that service fees will be applied. If you’re looking to purchase in advance, navigate to the ticket tab on the Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular website.

All proceeds go to the Louisville Parks Foundation.

Be sure to check out the organization's Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.