The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular began in Oxford, Massachusetts in 1988. The Louisville event, celebrating its 6th year in 2018, is held in Iroquois Park with 5,000 carved pumpkins lining a ¼-mile walking trail, illuminated at night as an “art show”. The show runs daily from dusk to 11 p.m., during the week (Sunday-Thursday), and closes at midnight on Friday & Saturday.
The trail is a 1/3 mile soft surface, woodland path, with several steep slopes. Docents are stationed along the trail to answer questions and guide patrons. Wheel chair bound patrons may have difficulty traversing the trail under rain-soaked conditions.
No pets or animals, other than service animals (such as seeing-eye pets under leash control of their owner), are allowed in the Iroquois Amphitheater, or on the Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular trail.
The event features include:
- Nightly illumination
- Entertainment for the whole family
- 5,000 illuminated pumpkins on a 1,500-ft. trail, with more than 100 pumpkins carved into veritable works of art
- Presented, each year, in newly themed scenes, with music
The event is held rain or shine. Ticket prices are as follows:
Sunday – Thursday: $13 Adults; $11 Seniors, 62+; $10 Children, 3-12 (younger than 3 are free)
Friday & Saturday: $17 Adults; $15 Seniors, 62+; $14 Children, 3-12 (younger than 3 are free)
All proceeds benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation.