We’re just one day away from the fifth annual Jack O’Lantern Spectacular that lights up Iroquois Park each Halloween season with more than 5,000 carved pumpkins. The event, which takes place along a quarter-of-a-mile trail, attracts thousands each year and serves as a fundraiser for the Louisville Parks Foundation.
This year’s theme is “The Alphabet,” and although we’re not quite sure what that may entail, we assume the setup will be the same as previous years, with pumpkins arranged in various categories, like movies, celebrities and Louisville.
Even if you’ve been every year, it’s still exciting to see thousands of original artworks carved into a rotting vegetables, many of them done by local artists. And most importantly, there will be no scary dude wielding a chainsaw lurking in the woods.
The Spectacular opens on Thursday, Oct. 12, and continues through Nov. 5. It runs Sundays through Thursdays from dusk to 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from dusk to midnight. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for those 62 and over, and $9 for children ages 3-11.