5,000 artistically carved pumpkins to light walking trail
In what has become the must-see event of the Halloween season, the Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular is returning for the seventh consecutive year to South Louisville’s Iroquois Park, where 5,000 artistically carved pumpkins will greet visitors from October 8 through November 3.
The pumpkins will illuminate a 1/3-mile trail adjacent to the Iroquois Amphitheater, and event officials estimate up to 100,000 people will visit over the course of 27 days.
The trail is open from dusk until 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets range from $10 to $18, with discounts for seniors and children 12 and under. Proceeds from the event benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation.
The wooded trail begins just outside of Iroquois Amphitheater (1080 Amphitheater Road, Louisville, KY 40214) and weaves its way through the trees with themed vignettes set to music. The carved, illuminated pumpkins rotate on a weekly basis, creating a different experience each weekend.
This year’s theme, “The Four Seasons,” will feature the trappings and holidays that make each month unique. The themed skits will showcase Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall like you’ve never seen them before, providing something for everyone to enjoy.
New in 2019 are special discounted Monday nights, sponsored by Metro by T-Mobile and a Sensory Night, sponsored by PNC Bank.
For customers looking for a deal, special discounts will be available on Metro by T-Mobile Mondays, where guests can visit select Metro by T-Mobile stores and receive a $2 off admission card (up to four people) good for Monday evenings during the run of the show.
On Saturday, November 2, gates will open early for a special sensory-friendly Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. Two hours before the trail opens to the public, from 4:45– 6:45 p.m., pumpkins will light up the trail, but there will be no music or special effects. Designed for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences, and their families, Sensory Night at the Louisville Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular, is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank.
Other discounted nights include Republic Bank night on Wednesday, October 16 and Metro Council Night on Tuesday, October 29. On the 16th, Republic Bank customers will receive $2 off admissions with a Republic Bank debit/credit card. On the 29th, Louisville Metro Council will sponsor $2 off admissions to all event goers. Both offers require ticket purchase at the box office day of show.
Concessions will be available nightly. Merchandise such as t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, and commemorative ornaments will also be available for sale.
Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular is produced by the Louisville Parks Foundation and the Iroquois Amphitheater in conjunction with Passion for Pumpkins, a multimedia production company with more than 30 years’ experience in redefining fall by transforming any landscape into an illuminated organic gallery.
This year’s sponsors include Metro by T-Mobile, Yellowstone Select Bourbon, Republic Bank, Subway, Louisville Tourism, LG&E and KU, Papa John’s, Louisville Metro Council, UPS, PNC Bank, AT&T Fiber, Porta Kleen, UFCW227, Waste Management, LiveInLou, i9 Sports, Metro Fence, Louisville Pavement Sweep, The Oliver Group, Cardinal Moving, Qk4, EZ Construction, Louisville Adaptive Rowing, and Louisville Eye Center.
Sunday – Thursday
Seniors (65+) $12
Children (3-12) $10
Children under 3 – Free
Friday – Saturday (Timed ticketing)
Seniors (65+) $16
Children (3-12) $14
Children under 3 – Free
Individual tickets may be purchased in advance for specific nights at the Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office or online at www.jackolanternlouisville.com. Visitors are also encouraged to use the hashtag #502Pumpkins on social media to share images or experiences they enjoy while touring the show.
Guests who plan to attend on a Friday or Saturday night are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Sold out nights are to be expected.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more can be purchased in advance by calling 502/368-5063, or in person at the Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office at 4:30 p.m. beginning October 8. Group tickets are discounted at $12 Sunday through Thursday.
The event is held rain or shine. No refunds will be given, but advanced purchased tickets may be exchanged for another day. Coach drop-off and on-site parking is available.