By Kelly Heitz
All Hallows Eve is almost here and there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate in Lexington this weekend. Whether you enjoy having the pee scared out of you, finding kid-friendly holiday fun, or being a kid yourself, we’ve got all the details on what’s going on this weekend in Lexington.
For Those Who Aren’t Afraid of the Dark
Ghost Hunts at Waveland
Join to Lexington Paranormal Research Society at Waveland State Historical Site to discover if the house is haunted! The ghost hunt begins at 8 p.m. this Friday, October 26 and concludes at midnight. Tickets are $20 at the gate, which gets you the rare opportunity to take part in a real paranormal investigation. You’ll learn about ghost hunting from the experts! The event isn’t recommended for children, as they don’t really know what mysteries are lurking!
For more info, head to parks.ky.gov/parks/historicsites/waveland.
Get the bajeezus scared out of you at Jacobson Park’s Fright Night. Venture into the “Dark Forest,” explore “13 Doors” while being chased by creatures of the night, and experience the creepy, dark underbelly of carnival life in the brand-new “Candyland” attraction. Tickets can be purchased online or on site for each trail. Beware, only the brave will make it out of all three alive!
Wicked World Scaregrounds
For the ultimate haunted Halloween experience, you can’t miss Wicked World Scaregrounds. The massive terrifying complex features three different attractions: “Nightmare Haunted House,” staged inside Mercy Hospital; “Terror on Tates Creek,” presenting a carnival show hosted by a deceased Ivan Darkwood; and “Quarantine,” which explores the old abandoned military compound Fort Greenwall. All this nightmare-inducing fun can draw a crowd, so be sure to get there early to beat the lines.
For tickets and directions, head to wickedworldscaregrounds.com.
For the Kids (or Kid in You)
Halloween Little Prince and Princess Ball
Get the little ones in the spirit at the Kentucky Castle’s Little Prince and Princess Ball. This kid-friendly Halloween ball will feature music, dancing and real castle princesses! Your little one will love being treated like royalty for the evening, even if their costume is more Evil Queen than Snow White.
To snag tickets to this coveted event, click here. eventbrite.com/e/halloween-little-prince-and-princess-ball-tickets-49213239123 Oct 27, 2018 5:00 PM
Trick-or-Treat at Shaker Village
Held annually on the Friday and Saturday before Halloween, Shaker Village hosts a trick-or-treat party you can’t miss. Bring the kids for a fun and spooky evening trek along the Village road, gathering treats and maybe even a trick or two! Take a hayride, enjoy live music, food and drinks, and warm up by the bonfires.
Admission is $5 a person and free for children 2 and under. For more information head to shakervillage.org.
For the Costume Connoisseur
BOOk-tacular Halloween Party
Just because you’re an adult, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy one night a year of dress-up and debauchery. Plus, if you can use it as an excuse to raise money for a great cause, all the better!
This Saturday, October 27, The Lexington Public Library Foundation is hosting an adult Halloween party complete will food, drinks, live music and an ultimate booktacular costume contest. Get with the theme and dress as your favorite character from your favorite book. Tip: get a little more creative than Harry Potter. The bespectacled wiz-kid won’t win you any awards.
For tickets and additional info, head to lexpublib.org/Halloween.
Halloween Hocus Pocus Ball
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Halloween cult classic this Saturday at the Kentucky Castle’s Hocus Pocus Ball. Music from Ray’s Music Exchange will surely put a spell on you, and the night’s signature cocktail will have plenty of witches brew.
Get your tickets at thekentuckycastle.com.
For the Pop Culture Enthusiast
Thriller Parade and Festival
Pay homage to the ultimate Halloween song (and the man that moonwalked his way into our hearts) at Downtown Lexington’s annual Thriller Parade and Festival. The event, which has been named a top 10 Halloween destination by USA Today, is an exciting community performance of both the iconic dance and scenes from the music video.
Participants are regular kids and adults from the area who must sign up beforehand and attend a class to learn the dance. It’s an incredible spectacle you really can’t miss—even if you’re not a member of the undead.
Downtown events surrounding the parade include the Wicked Wonders Art Market and a Halloween variety show. Activities begin at 2 p.m. this Sunday, October 28 with the parade kicking off at 8:30 p.m.
For more information, head to lexingtonky.gov/thriller.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
What’s Halloween without a showing of the classic movie musical Rocky Horror Picture Show? The best one in Lexington is at The Kentucky Theater, where you’ll see the traditional interactive shadow cast experience with live actors on stage in front of the movie. The Theater requests you don’t bring bags of stuff to throw at the screen, they will of course be providing these for you over-zealous Horror buffs.
The Kentucky Theater’s Halloween showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show are the biggest and best of the year. Last year, the little old Lexington theater ranked third in attendance over Halloween weekend in North America, beat out only by Toronto and L.A.!
Catch showings midnight on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 at 9:30 p.m. and midnight. Grab your tickets now at kentuckytheater.com.