Halloween is a popular holiday in Louisville, Kentucky, but sometimes families are on a budget and can't pony up $20 or more for haunted house admission fees or seasonal performances. Never fear—Louisville has plenty of free Halloween events for locals and visitors to enjoy. From storytelling performances for little ones to horror movies for the older set, there is an event for everyone.
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Where: Baxter Avenue and Bardstown Road
The Halloween Parade, Louisville's biggest Halloween event, is an annual tradition featuring floats, decorations, and spooky ghouls floating down Bardstown Road. Or, if you are in the festive spirit, you can wear a costume and jump into the end of the parade. If you need costume ideas, check out these photos from the annual zombie walk. Plenty of candy is thrown from floats, so kids may want to bring a bag to carry all their treats.
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Where: University of Louisville (Friday) and Blackacre Conservancy (Saturday)
At this nationally known event, you'll hear some great bone-chilling ghost stories. But parents needed 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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Where: Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center
Free movies to celebrate the Halloween season are held annually at the 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. There's also trunk or treat and carnival games.
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Where: Brown Park at the corner of Browns Lane and Kresge Way
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, live entertainment, and a whole lot more all for free. More than 50 businesses set up trick-or-treat stations for the kids.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Where: St. Francis of Assisi on Bardstown Road
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. Other attractions include Louisville’s largest pumpkin pie, team mascots, University of Louisville athletes, and live music.
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Where: Frankfort Avenue
This historic street is quite popular in Louisville during Halloween season. In October, the neighborhood is filled with Halloween spirit (the family-friendly kind, not haunted spirit kind). Included in the list of activities in this area are the decorated homes on Hillcrest Avenue, fall stories at the library and local bookstore, free chili nights, and a Halloween trolley hop. Wear a costume to any of the events or simply get out and enjoy seeing how everyone else is dressed.