They're always watching. | Photo by Sara Havens
They’re always watching. | Photo by Sara Havens

More than 5,000 professionally carved pumpkins return to Iroquois Park on Thursday, Oct. 8, for the annual Jack O’Lantern Spectacular. The Halloween-inspired event runs seven days a week through Nov. 1.

Darth Vader in vegetable form | Photo by Sara Havens
Darth Vader in vegetable form | Photo by Sara Havens

The pumpkins are placed along a one-third-mile trail in Iroquois, and a visit usually takes between 30 to 60 minutes to get through. There are many themes of the artistically sculpted squash, and the trail is set to music. Proceeds benefit Louisville Metro Parks Foundation, and organizers stress it’s a family-friendly affair.

And here’s a fun fact: Because carved pumpkins atrophy soon after carving, the display completely changes every seven days.

The Jack O’Lantern Spectacular is open from 7:15-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 7:15 p.m.-midnight on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $12 ($10 for seniors, $9 for children).

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog ( daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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