The Louisville Halloween Parade haunts the Highlands on Saturday, Oct. 8. | Courtesy of LouisvilleHalloween.com
The Louisville Halloween Parade haunts the Highlands on Saturday, Oct. 8. | Courtesy of LouisvilleHalloween.com

This event snuck up on us like a creepy clown yielding a chainsaw.

The beloved Louisville Halloween Parade will be marching through the Highlands a little earlier this year — on Saturday, Oct. 8 — and this time, there will be a street festival component added to the event.

The freaks come out at night. | Courtesy of LouisvilleHalloween.com
The freaks come out at night. | Courtesy of LouisvilleHalloween.com

Sponsored by LouisvilleHalloween.com, the street festival will feature dozens of arts and crafts booths as well as food, drinks and live music from noon-8 p.m. It’ll take place on Baxter Avenue from Bardstown Road to Hepburn Avenue. And the parade will start its descent down Baxter at 4 p.m., marching from Baxter/Broadway to Bardstown/Rosewood.

The family-friendly parade is now in its 14th year, and it’s always a good time watching the numerous floats and marchers get into and stay in character — whether that’s as the Ghostbusters or horror icons like Freddy, Jason and Michael Myers.

Sometimes there’s candy, sometimes flyers and sometimes a good old-fashioned scare as monsters sneak up behind you.

The festival and parade are both free for all ages.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). 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."