Highlands Halloween Parade

A parade of ghouls and goblins in the Highlands is an annual tradition

Halloween Parade in Louisville, KY

Do you have Halloween traditions? From trick-or-treating to visiting haunted houses, Halloween is filled with annual events. And for many, the Highlands Halloween Parade is a Halloween must. Every year, the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville fills with spooky costumes and fancy Halloween floats. 

Added bonus: the Highlands Halloween Parade is one of the many Halloween events in and around Louisville that will not cost you a dime. Although there are some scary costumes, overall it is Halloween fun for the whole family. Many of the floats throw out candy to the crowd, which the kids love, provided they can get close enough to grab some of the sugary treats.

The famous Louisville Halloween Parade is also sometimes called the Caulfield Halloween Parade by locals. Yup, you guessed it, the people behind Caulfield's costumes once hosted and are often heavily involved. That is even their skill float in the picture, complete with vegetarian restaurant Roots in the background.

As the Halloween season builds, in mid-October, the parade starts at Baxter and Broadway and marches south into the Highlands neighborhood. The parade route ends at Grinstead. All are welcome, to participate or simply watch.

If You Go

Take note: This is an uber popular Halloween event. The streets are packed with people and plenty of families set up their chairs early. So, if you want a stellar spot, go early. Both early birds and latecomers will need to be ready to deal with crowds. It helps if you are flexible and open to moving about to find the best available spot. Wherever you land, you will see plenty of action. A lot of the local haunted houses are represented along with local costume stores and general Halloween lovers.

There are fantastic ghouls and impressive scary Halloween floats.

Where Does the Halloween Parade Happen?

Baxter Avenue in Louisville, KY

Yes, this is the same area that hosts the Annual Zombie Walk in August. Of course you will be sure to see impressive zombies at both of these events! Naturally, all of these outdoor events rely on the weather cooperating, which can be trick in Louisville. Keep a watch on the forecast a few days before the event. Here is a quick guide of what to expect in Louisville, temperature wise, month by month:

How Much Does the Event Cost?

It is FREE! 

Inspired to Dress Up?

A costume is not required but plenty dress up, both in those in the parade and spectators on the street. If you are looking for some Halloween costume ideas, from something sassy to something sweet, check out this list of costume stores in Louisville.

When is the Halloween Parade in Louisville?

Check the Louisville Halloween Parade website for times and details.