The city of Lexington is never short on things to do. Whether it’s concerts, sporting events or bourbon tasting, there’s always something going on for the public to enjoy. So of course when it comes to fall festivities, the Horse Capital of the World doesn’t disappoint. Many of the area’s fall festivals have come and gone throughout the month of September as well as early October, but there are still a few Halloween events to partake in before the holiday passes.
For thrill-seekers or anyone looking for a good scare this Halloween season, you don’t have to travel too far. Right off Richmond Road in east Lexington exists Fright Nights at Jacobson Park. The Park houses three attractions: Dark Forest, 13 Doors and the all-new Entrapment. Each attraction is a separate ticket, so pick your thrill (or thrills) carefully.
If you’re looking for something more centered on fall versus the spirit of Halloween, there are various family-friendly farms and orchards throughout the area. You can pick pumpkins and take a hayride at Evan’s Orchard, or enjoy cider at Boyd’s Orchard in Versailles. Boyd’s also has its own range of fall festivals, like the upcoming Harvest Festival on October 26 and 27. Along with picking last-minute pumpkins and taking hayrides around the grounds, there will also be plenty to do for kids (or the kid in you).
But perhaps one of the most anticipated events coming up is the Thriller Parade, held next Saturday throughout downtown Lexington. The parade celebrates (and recreates) Michael Jackson’s video for “Thriller”, with participants dressed up as zombies taking to the streets. Preshow activities began at 6 p.m. at the Courthouse Plaza, with a variety show at 7 p.m. The actual parade will begin at 8 p.m. and the zombies will stumble their way from the Kentucky Theatre to Mill Street.
While these are some of the largest attractions for the fall season, they only scratch the surface of what the Lexington area has to offer. Be sure to also check out:
*Halloween Lights Drive Thru: Now thru October 26 at Fort Boonesborough State Park. More than 11 miles of Halloween lights and displays as well as miniature golf with Halloween music.
*Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse: Five-acre corn maze, hayrides, pumpkins, walk through the haunted farm house, visit the Enchanted Barnyard or take a train ride around the farm.
*Halloween Haunted Train Ride at Bluegrass Railroad Museum: Now thru October 26. Train pulls out at 8 p.m. Ghosts, goblins and even a few aliens join you for the ride. Reservations recommended.
*HalloweenFest: October 25, 6-8 p.m. Central Baptist Church in Lexington. Candy prizes, games and dinner. A canned good serves as admission.
*Wicked World Scaregrounds: Last day- Nov. 2: Home to The Nightmare Haunted House and Terror on Tates Creek. 7:30-midnight Saturday, 7:30-10 Sunday.
*Residential Trick-or-Treating for the city of Lexington: October 31, 6-8 p.m.