Mom’s Guide to Spooky Season


mom's guide to spooky season in louisvilleHere’s your Mom’s Guide to Spooky Season around Louisville, inclusive of our annual roundup of Halloween events happening! Dress up, have some fun, eat lots of treats, and stay safe – whether trick-or-treating or trunk-or-treating this year! (Find more activity ideas for your little ghouls and goblins HERE.)

Trick-Or-Treat Tips

If you’re setting up for trick-or-treat this Halloween at your own home, remember these Allergy Aware signals – display teal pumpkins and have separate tables/bowls for candies and non-candies for the littles who can’t have candy – like stickers, play-doh cups, glow sticks, etc. (You can get these easily at Wal-Mart or Dollar Tree.)

For the candy, buy as early as possible and look out for any sales in your favorite grocery stores. The good stuff disappears quickly! Make sure to get both chocolate and non-chocolate options, as not all kids like chocolate. Besides Twizzlers, Dum-Dums, etc., I’ve seen popcorn balls that kids love, along with families that grill hot dogs to pass out. My favorite houses are the ones where they pass out treats to the parents (aka beer and wine coolers)!

According to the YMCA, here are 5 trick or treating safety tips to make this Halloween extra sweet –

    1. Plan your route in advance.
    2. Stay bright and well-lit.
    3. NEVER trick-or-treat alone.
    4. Use face paint; avoid masks.
    5. Check your child’s candy.

Budget-Friendly Halloween Costume Ideas

Contributor, Olivia Jarrell, always buys secondhand for her kids’ costumes (she always has the best thrifting around Louisville tips for us!) and says that $12 is the most she’s ever paid for a costume so far!!! Her go-to places are Fall kid consignment sales, Once Upon a Child (yes!), Facebook Marketplace, and mom-specific Facebook groups.

As far as homemade costumes, some moms think those are a bunch of Hocus Pocus, while others relish the idea of making their kids costumes each year. Contributor, Jerusha Caple, is amazing at the homemade costume game and considers making her boys’ Halloween costumes as just part of being mommy.

Check out this amazing homemade costume!!! What an incredible and incredibly cute way to keep them together in a crowd AND have their costumes coordinate!


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Halloween Events


*FREE* Halloween on Hillcrest

Hillcrest & Frankfort
Louisville, KY

FREE community neighborhood event. Most homeowners start decorating early October and are fully decorated mid-month. It’s typically more crowded on the weekends. Trick-or-treat is Halloween night only from 5-9pm. Get more details on all the tips from the neighborhood HERE.

*FREE* Hillview Holiday Display

831 Hillview Boulevard
Louisville, KY

The Halloween display is up, so drive by and check it out! This year is also their 2nd Annual Scareforth Drive Haunt, happening on Saturday, October 28, 2023, and Tuesday, October 31, 2023, from 5-9:30pm. The walk-thru is also free, but please bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Dare to Care Food Bank.

*FREE* Goatman Festival

Friday, October 13, 2023

Pope Lick Park

FREE outdoor Movie Night and Cryptid Festival!

*FREE* Hayride on the Hill

October 15, 2023

Shawnee Park

Enjoy a spin around the Olmsted Parks under the autumn leaves! Hayride on the Hill features lawn games, Free Play and food trucks. The event is free to attend, and refreshments are available for purchase.

*FREE* Halloween Bash

October 21, 2023

Beechmont Community Center

A FREE, family-friendly event with costume contest, a haunted hallway, candy giveaways, and more!

*FREE* Tailgate Treats

October 22, 2023

Middletown Christian Church

*FREE* Fright Fair on Spring Street

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Jeffersonville, IN

*FREE* Jeffersontown Pumpkinfest 2023

Friday, October 27, 2023

Jeffersontown Veterans Memorial Park
10617 Taylorsville Road
Jeffersontown, KY

Join us for trick or treating, a pumpkin stroll, music, and more! Stay after the festivities for a Halloween movie night inside the Jeffersonian for a showing of Hotel Transylvania starting at 8 pm!

*FREE* Middletown’s Annual Trick or Treat

October 28, 2023

First Baptist Church

*Children 12 and under; no pets

*FREE* Boneyard KY

October 21, 28, and 31, 2023

5305 Old Herring Place
Crestwood, KY 40014-8850

FREE haunted attraction in Camden Manor Neighborhood, and great for all ages!


Ultimate Halloween Parade Festival

October 26-29, 2023
Lynn Family Stadium

Supporting bullying prevention!

LMC Savings Tip :: As always, attending the parade is FREE! Entry to the Festival requires an access pass. Save over 40% with 4-day passes!

The Autumn Express

September 30, 2023
October 3 & 10, 2023

Kentucky Railway Museum

LMC Savings Tip :: Kids under 2 are FREE!

Trick or Treat at the Ballpark

October 21, 2023

Louisville Slugger Field

LMC Savings Tip :: Kids 2 and under are FREE!

Pumpkins at Kentucky Kingdom

Weekends September 30 – October 29, 2023

The glow is growing at Kentucky Kingdom this Fall. More than 1,000 bright orange pumpkins have appeared all over the park, inviting you to play all day on world-class rides and explore Fall-themed fun like games, street performances, and colorful new characters. Stay after sundown to watch the park transform into a whimsical wonderland of glow featuring larger-than-life pumpkin sculptures!

LMC Savings Tip :: Get your 2024 Season Pass for a season full of fun at Kentucky Kingdom PLUS the glow!

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

October 3-31, 2023

Iroquois Park

Family-friendly walking tour. Trail opens at dusk.

LMC Savings Tip :: Save $2 off all tickets Sunday – Thursday for 9:30pm entry!

Louisville Boo at the Zoo

September 30 – October 29 (Thursdays – Sundays)
Party starts at 5 p.m. Route closes at 10 p.m.

LMC Savings Tip :: Special Tickets Required for all guests ages 3+, but Zoo members get almost half off! Children 2 and under are FREE!

Haunted House Tours at Culbertson Mansion

September 29 – October 7, 2023

LMC Savings Tip :: Kids under 3 and members are FREE.


American Horrorplex Haunted House

Fridays & Saturdays 8pm-1am
September 15 – November 4, 2023

2012 Northwestern Parkway
Louisville, KY 40203

Baxter Avenue Morgue

September 22 – October 31, 2023
Select dates and times

451 Baxter Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40204

LMC Pro Mom Tip :: Have a kid that claims they’re fearless, but you’re worried they might get too scared and chicken out? They have Kentucky Frightened Chicken Doors for an immediate end to the terrifying tour!

LMC Savings Tip :: Group discounts usually start at 30 people, but you get $5 off on Sundays when you print out the coupon on their website!

The Haunted Hotel

September 2 – October 31, 2023
Select dates and times

3000 S. 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40208
(2 blocks from Churchill Downs off Central Avenue)

This is an interactive, touch haunt!

Danger Run

Follow clues and solve puzzles in your car to find haunted houses. All-inclusive admission includes the haunted houses you find along the way.

LMC Savings Tip :: Groups of 4 or more save $15 online with code CARLOAD.

The Spirits of LeGrange Ghost Tour

Thursdays – Saturdays
September 28 – October 28, 2023

Welcome Center
208 East Main Street
La Grange, KY 40031

*For the big kids! The tour is not intended for those 12 and under. Proceeds help preserve historic buildings around LeGrange.

Waverly Hills Historical Society Tours

Tours available now through November 1, 2023

The Woman in Black at Kentucky Shakespeare

October 4 – 29, 2023

Louisville is a HUGE Halloween-lovin’ city, and there are so many spooky-themed events happening this year, we couldn’t even list them here! If there are any you know of that you want to share with our Kentuckiana moms, post a comment below!!! There are some other events happening during October, including Fall festivals and more, that you can find in our October guide to Family-Friendly Events.


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