Halloween is a popular holiday around the United States, but for families on a budget, haunted house admissions and seasonal performances can really add up. For those who live in or around Louisville, Kentucky, there are plenty of free Halloween events to enjoy. From storytelling performances for little ones to horror movies for the older set, there is a Halloween activity for everyone.
The Halloween Festival, Louisville's biggest free Halloween event, is an annual tradition. A street festival kicks off the day with craft booths, local food, and live music. The crown jewel is the parade, which features floats, decorations, and spooky ghouls walking down Bardstown Road. If you are in the festive spirit, you can wear a costume and jump onto the end of the parade. Plenty of candy is thrown from floats, so kids may want to bring a bag to carry all their treats.
At the Corn Island Storytelling Festival, held at the Blackacre Conservancy, you'll hear some great bone-chilling ghost stories. Parents need not fear—the tales told here are family-friendly, but they become spookier as the evening progresses. This festival also features live music and flame-grilled fare from local eateries.
To celebrate Halloween, free scary movies are held annually at the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center. Although the movies are curated for kids, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Concessions will be open for the Halloween events, including film screenings.
At this Halloween celebration, the St. Matthews Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of St. Matthews offer games, hayrides, a petting zoo, a firetruck, bounce houses, and live entertainment, all for free. Plus, over 50 businesses come every year to set up trick-or-treat stations for kids.
In the town of Norton Commons, your kids can trick-or-treat at area businesses, which is a safer alternative to trick or treating in the neighborhood. At the Fall Festival, there will be music, face painting, inflatables, and more family fun.
At the annual Jack O’Lantern Stroll, more than 5,000 people come out to see the 2,500 beautifully carved pumpkins lighting the way around St. Francis of Assisi Church. Other attractions include Louisville’s largest pumpkin pie, team mascots, and live music.
This historic street is quite popular in Louisville during Halloween season and pulses with family-friendly Halloween spirit. You can check out the decorated homes on Hillcrest Avenue, fall-themed storytime at the library and local bookstore, free chili nights, and a Halloween trolley hop.