Trick or Treating

Trick-or-treating in the Louisville area is one of the holiday favorites. Especially for the kids! The Louisville area has a wide variety of areas for trick-or-treating and each area has different times that trick-or-treating is permitted. Back in the day, trick-or-treating was always on Halloween and time didn’t matter much.

However, for safety reasons counties have now started posting Official trick-or-treating days and times. Once the season approaches, we will list the OFFICIAL trick-or-treating day and times for your area below.

OFFICIAL Trick-Or-Treating Times For Louisville Area

Trick or treating for the Louisville area will be on Halloween. It is recommended to finish trick or treating before it gets dark (about 8PM). HOWEVER, some neighborhoods have designated trick or treating nights. Make sure to pay attention you your neighborhood newsletters and etc for times specific for you. Be safe out there and have fun!

2013 RAINY HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT OPTIONS IN LOUISVILLE

Due the rain, many of the local communities are modifying their trick or treat times/dates. Additionally, there are indoor options available if you want to keep your Halloween tradition on Halloween.

Note: Here is a list of communities in the area with changed times. These times are subject to change. Contact your local community officials for the most up-to-date information.

UPDATED TRICK OR TREAT TIMES (due to weather):

Special indoor trick-or-treat events on Thursday, October 31:

Louisville:

Jefferson Mall, 4801 Outer Loop, 6 to 8 p.m.
Mall St. Matthews, 5000 Shelbyville Road, 5 to 7 p.m.
Oxmoor Center, 7900 Shelbyville Road, 5 to 7 p.m.
Highland Park First Baptist Church, 7321 Billtown Rd, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Bingo Palace, 10713 Dixie Hwy, 5 to 8 p.m. (Organized by parents. They ask that people bring a bag of candy OR canned food for Southwest Ministries. Call Shawna at (502) 819-2891 or Angel at (502) 338-3094 for more information.)
7th Street Haunt, 2900 S. 7th Street Road, 4:30 to 7:45 p.m. (At 8 p.m. this turns into a haunted house, but it will be kid-friendly during the designated trick-or-treat hours.)

Clarksville, IN:

Green Tree Mall, 757 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy., 6 to 8 p.m.
Bass Pro Shop, 951 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy., 5 to 8 p.m.

Shepherdsville, KY:
Zoneton Fire Department, 5328 N. Preston Hwy., 6 to 9 p.m.
City Hall, 634 Conestoga Parkway, 5 to 8 p.m. (Inside the Shepherdsville Fire Department)

Elizabethtown, KY:
Towne Mall, 1704 N. Dixie Hwy., 6 to 8 p.m. (Costume contest from 4 to 6 p.m.
Downtown Trunk-Or-Treat, between the State Theater and Crossroads Church, 6 to 8 p.m. (Indoor rain location is Central Hardin High School’s gym)

Bardstown, KY:
Event held at Dean Watts Park has moved indoors to the Guthrie Opportunity Center

Madison, IN:
Red, White & Boo, Brown Gymnasium – 100 Broadway St., 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, November 1:

Kentucky – Louisville Metro

Adams Run Neighborhood: No set time
Barbourmeade: No set time
Brownsboro Farm Subdivision: No set time
City of Coldstream: 6 to 8 p.m.
City of Hollow Creek: No set time.
City of Middletown: 6 to 8 p.m.
City of Woodland Hills: 6 to 8 p.m.
Cooper Farms: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fairfield: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Goose Creek: No set time
Green Spring: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Heritage Creek: No set time
Lake Forest neighborhood: No set time.
Rock Springs neighborhood: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sun Valley 2A and 2B: No set time
Woodland Hills: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kentucky

Crestwood, KY: No set time
Goshen, KY: Encouraging residents to allow trick-or-treating on Friday.
Grand Villa in Buckner, KY: 6 to 8 p.m.
Irvington, KY: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
La Grange, KY: 6 to 8 p.m.
Muldraugh, KY: 5 to 8 p.m.
Norton Commons in Prospect, KY: 6 to 9 p.m.
Oldham County: No set time
Orchard Grass Hills, KY: 6 to 8 p.m.
Peewee Valley, KY: No set time
Prospect, KY: The city suggests residents trick-or-treat on Friday.
Shelbyville, KY: 5 to 7 p.m.
Spring Falls neighborhood, Hillview, KY: 6 to 9 p.m.

Indiana

Salem, IN: Scheduled for Thursday & Friday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Austin, IN: 6 to 8 p.m.
Lanesville, IN: 6 to 8 p.m.
Madison, IN: Trick-or-treating moved to 6 to 8 p.m. (Red, White & BOO remains on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Brown Gymnasium.)
New Pekin, IN: 6 to 8 p.m.
New Washington, IN: 6 to 9 p.m.
North Vernon, IN: 5 to 8 p.m.
Orleans, IN: 6 to 8 p.m.
Palmyra, IN: 6 to 8 p.m.
Scottsburg/Scott County, IN: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 2:

Kentucky

Audubon Park, KY: 6 to 9 p.m.
Campbellsville, KY: 5 to 8 p.m.
Taylor County, KY: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Bluegrass Center for Autism, 9810 Bluegrass Pkwy, is hosting a special trunk-or-treat event designed to accommodate children with autism. It’s a free event from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Indiana

Jeffersonville, IN: Saturday is an additional day of trick-or-treating from 6 to 9 p.m. It will be allowed on Halloween, as well.
Milltown, IN: 6 to 8 p.m. (Zombie Walk at 8:30 p.m.)

Monday, November 4:

Carrollton, KY: 6 to 8 p.m.

Have a fun and safe Halloween Louisville! Feel free to update us with more options and we will update as necessary!

Great Places To Trick-or-Treat

There are some places in the Louisville area that are better for trick-or-treating than others. Some communities in the Louisville area make a bigger deal out of Halloween than others. These communities typically have more decorations and tend to go overboard with treats and etc. These are the Halloween trick-or-treating “hot spots” in Louisville. Kids and parents love these areas!

One of these locations is Hillcrest Avenue in between Frankfort Ave and Brownsboro Rd in Louisville. This street is by far one of the best streets we have EVER seen to visit during the Halloween season. They literally have a competition with their Halloween decorations and it is incredible to see what all they put out. Be warned though, trick-or-treating on this street is usually very busy as a result. So busy that you may have to park a block or two over. Even if you don’t want to go trick-or-treating down the street, you should at least try to drive down the street on a night during the Halloween season. It is a very cool community in the Louisville area to check out for the Halloween season. We will try to get some photos of this neighborhood and post them as the season gets closer.

Some other places to check out are some of the Louisville area yard haunts. What is a yard haunt? It is a free haunted attraction set-up specifically for trick-or-treaters and Halloween visitors. Yard haunts are growing in popularity and there is one that we know of that you should definitely check out. There is one in New Albany, IN called Visions of Madness. Be sure to check it out this Halloween! Great scares, great candy, and good fun!

Another way to go trick-or-treating in Louisville is to go to a sponsored trick-or-treating event. These are events hosted by local businesses that participate in creating a safe way for you and your children to enjoy trick-or-treating. A few of the local options you have to do this include Bass Pro Shops, Mall St. Matthews, Oxmoor Mall, Bardstown Bound Boofest, the World’s Largest Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo, or many other local events. Many of these can be found on the Haunted Events page of this site.

We will try to locate other communities in the Louisville area that also has some must sees for trick-or-treating and post them as we find them.

Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

Kids look forward to Halloween for many reasons. They like the dressing up in costumes but the mostly they like it for the candy and treats! Who wouldn’t? Even some adults still like to go our trick or treating. It makes them feel young and happy again. While this section sticks mainly to guidelines for kids, they are just as useful for adults.

Some parents like to take first dibs on some of the candy that the kids have picked up during the night. It’s their reward for taking them around from house to house! We suggest that you watch the candy intake when you all get home, too much at one time can lead to stomach aches and indigestion. That includes mom and dad as well!

Make your child’s Halloween a memorable holiday and they’ll have good memories that last a lifetime! If you are taking your kids out for the night, dress up as well. Mom and dad should get into Halloween as much as the kids do!

Trick or Treating should be one of the great adventures of Halloween for kids! They can get dressed in scary costumes and go door to door, begging “Tricks or Treats!” from neighbors or at the local mall. Lots of small towns have a Halloween Safe Night at the community center or school so kids can Trick-or-Treat safely but going door to door is the stuff of childhood memories! It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so following some easy tips can keep your child safe every Halloween.

  • Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.
  • Some towns set a curfew for trick or treating which makes it easier for townsfolk to know who’s coming to their door. Make sure and stick to the curfew times and stick to subdivisions and areas with a lot of homes so your kids can get in as much trick or treating as possible in a few hours time.
  • Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone.
  • Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.
  • Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!
  • Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a god idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.
  • Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
  • Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.