7 Free Halloween Events in Louisville, Kentucky

Every Halloween Hillcrest Avenue is decked out with spooky decorations.
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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 visitors in 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. 

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Corn Island Storytelling Festival

Corn Island Storytelling Festival

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At the Corn Island Storytelling Festival, held on October 19, 2019, 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.

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Highlands Halloween Parade and Festival

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 at noon on October 5, 2019. The crown jewel is the parade, which starts at 6 p.m. and 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.

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Halloween in Brown Park

Halloween in Brown Park

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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 on October 26, 2019. Plus, over 50 businesses come every year to set up trick-or-treat stations for kids.

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Symphonic Frights Philharmonia Halloween Concert

The Louisville Philharmonia will be getting together this October to perform your favorite spooky-sounding songs like classic songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack to the more sinister Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky. On October 24, 2019 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., you can catch this free show at the Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church. There's no need to reserve tickets in advance, but doors will open at 6:30 so make sure to get there early.

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Jack O’Lantern Stroll

Jack O’Lantern Stroll

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At the annual Jack O’Lantern Stroll on October 18, 2019, more than 1,000 beautifully carved pumpkins will light the way around St. Francis of Assisi Church. Other attractions include Louisville’s largest pumpkin pie, team mascots, and live music.

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Fall Festival at Norton Commons

At the Fall Festival in Norton Commons, 20 minutes northeast of Louisville, there will be music, face painting, inflatables, and more family fun, as well as trick-or-treating at area businesses from 2 to 4 p.m. on October 26, 2019.

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Halloween Activities on Frankfort Avenue

Halloween on Hillcrest and Frankfort Avenue

Haunting on Hillcrest Avenue

This historic street is a popular Halloween stop in Louisville during October, 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.

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