Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacluar is an incredible event in Louisville. The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular began in Oxford, Massachusetts in 1988. It’s entertainment for the entire family. The Louisville event, October 9 – November 2, will be held in Iroquois Park with 5,000 carved pumpkins lining a ¼-mile walking trail, illuminated at night as an “art show” daily from dusk to 11 p.m. during the week (Sunday-Thursday) and midnight on Friday & Saturday.

  • Nightly illumination
  • Entertainment for the whole family
  • 5,000 illuminated pumpkins on a 1,500-ft. trail with over 100 carved into veritable works of art
  • Presented in themed scenes with music
  • Proceeds benefit the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation & Kosair Charities

Location: Iroquois Park, Louisville, KY

Dates: Oct 8 – Nov 1, 2015

Price: Adults $12-$15, Children $9-$12

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Rating: 5.7/10 (188 votes cast)

6 Reviews for “Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular”

  1. Angie W. says:

    This was amazing! The only drawback was the parking and nobody on the main road directing traffic into the park. Be sure to wear comfotable shoes because on busy nights you may have to walk two miles to get in. The internet said it was $12 but it was $15 when we went on Saturday night. It was still well worth the price. The line for tickets went really fast even though there were hundreds of people in line. The artwork was unbelievable. I would love to go again.

  2. Paul Quillen says:

    It was simply amazing. I have never seen anything like it. The artists did a really good job. I can not imagine how long it took to carve all those pumpkins and then to set it all up. Definitely worth the price. The only drawback was we were not familiar with the area. We used our GPS to get us there. It took us to a back entrance that you could not enter. After finally asking for directions we found ourselves back on the main road where we had been before and discovered that we had driven right past it. The signs we did see were black and hard to see at night. They should had had a lighted sign at the entrance so people would know where to pull in. After we parked we did not know where to go to get the tickets and stumbled around in the dark. Finally following some other people who were also lost. I think they should have had some staff working in the parking area to guide you to the ticket office. Also maybe have some luminaries along the path to guide you. All in all well worth it. Paul Quillen

  3. Skip says:

    It’s something really to see, hundreds of pumpkins everywhere. One area made it look like they were floating in the air. Don’t know if the themes change due to the pumpkins deteriorating or not, but the artists had all of the continents represented. One had a Chimpanzee on it that looked so real I was waiting for it to move. Naturally they had a Halloween section and even a Kentucky them. It had the Derby, U of L, U of K, The Slugger museum, and even Abraham Lincoln. The price may be a little steep, but it does go to a good cause and there is a lot of time put into it. The only thing I thought could have been better was the signage and the people working it. If you go, don’t try to go through the park. They had some it blocked off and some only in a one-way direction. There were no signs telling you where to go get tickets. Don’t go straight to where the vendors are set-up, you have to go to the ticket window at the Amphitheater to pick them up. You than enter the Amphitheater and circle around to where you should of entered. But still no signs on which way to go to get in and the people working it are too busy talking to take the time to help. I guess like everything else, being the first time it’s going to be unorganized until they figure out the kinks. Overall though, we would go back.

  4. This tour was amazing! Pumpkins everywhere! No 2 were the same. Great themes & music to go along with each one! I took over 300 pics! It took us about 2 hours to walk thur… However we were taking our time lol I also enjoyed that they had a photo area set up a 5by7 for $10 bucks. The tour was the Best $12 bucks I’ve spent this season! I will be sure to go again!

  5. Rachel E. says:

    I have talked about this all day today after going to opening night last night! It was beyond what I had expected. Whether you are a South-ender or an East-ender, you really should make your way to Iroquois Park for this event. There were times you found yourself standing in one spot slowing turning a circle trying to take in all the magic you were surrounded by. I must have said “Wow!” a hundred times! :) Thank you to all the people that made this event possible…and thank you for choosing Iroquois Park!

  6. Stacey Yates says:

    I got a chance to see this event in Providence, RI last year. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The concept seems so simple…glowing carved pumpkins set to music…but put in a setting of a wooded trail at night…it just transforms to a magical, mystical setting. Adults will be amazed with the artistry and kids will just light up at the fun of it all. Do yourself a favor and get to Iroquois Park this month.

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