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    Just think about dusk setting, wooded pathways dim and dark, and thousands upon thousands of pumpkins glowing at you from the depths of the night. That is what awaits you at the second year of the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Iroquois Park this coming week. The event is put on by Louisville Metro Parks and was a huge hit last year at its inaugural run; I have no doubt it will be just as spectacular and more awe-inspiring and breathtaking. I was able to take part in the event last year with my family and review it for the site, and we were blown away.

    The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is October 9-November 2 and sets stage from dusk to 11pm (Sunday through Thursday; midnight on Friday and Saturday) along a 1/4 mile pathway through Iroquois Park. At least 5000 pumpkins light the night and take you through an incredible art show along the trails. The event is organized and orchestrated through Passion For Pumpkins Inc., which is “a multimedia production company with 25 years’ experience in redefining fall by transforming any landscape into an illuminated organic gallery.”

    Ticket information:

    For Sunday – Thursday, ticket prices are as follows:

    $12 Adults
    $10 Seniors, 62+
    $9 Children 3-12

    For Friday – Saturday, ticket prices are as follows:

    $15 Adults
    $13 Seniors, 62+
    $12 Children 3-12

    Individual tickets to the Louisville Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular may be purchased online, at, by phone at 877-987-6487 or in person at Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office  (Monday –Friday 8:30am– 4:30pm through October 8). After October 9, the Box Office opens at 4:00pm nightly. 

    For ticket information, click here. All proceeds from the show benefit the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation & Kosair Charities.

    Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular takes place at Iroquois Park and Amphitheater, located at 1080 Amphitheater Road off of New Cut Road, Louisville, KY 40214. The event will be held rain or shine. 

    Stay connected through social media channels via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, hashtags #502pumpkins, #jackolanternspectacular.

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    About Erin Nevitt

    Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!

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