The days are getting shorter, the nights cooler and there is a chill in the air that has nothing to do with the temperature.  This is the time of the year that celebrates all things scary and spooky … ghosts, goblins and zombies.  And Halloween is not just for kids anymore, there are lot of fun activities and events for the full-grown Halloweeners as well.

Here’s a list of scary events in Lexington KY and the surrounding area:

ghost ride lexington KYHalloween Ghost Ride on the Bluegrass Railroad Museum:  Our engine waits until dark and then slowly pulls out of the station at 8 p.m. for a ride of doom down the rails. You will be shivering at the sites along the tracks – ghosts, goblins and even a few aliens. Watch out as we pass cars in the siderails (who knows what may pop out!) and beware strangers floating … down the aisle of the train . . . Everyone is guaranteed to have a ghoulishly good time!  Buy your tickets Early,  Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm on Oct. 16th, 17th & 23th, 24th & 30th, 2015.  [For more info:  Halloween Ghost Ride on BGRM]

Lexington Dinner Train Magic Ride:  Enjoy an evening of fine dining on a scenic tour through the hills and horse farms of Central Kentucky, while being entertained by one of the Midwest’s most sought after magical performers, John Shore! Featuring performace at tableside and for the whole dining car, your evening will include an intimate performance that will amaze, baffle,and entertain. A magical dining experience suitable for the whole family.  Tickets are $109.95 per adult and $69.95 per child (ages 5-12) plus tax & gratuity.  [For more information:  Lexington Dinner Train by R.J. Corman]

Zombie in LoveZombie in Love at the Lexington Children’s Theatre: Recommended for Ages 8 and up.  Mortimer isn’t your everyday teenager. Yes, he faces typical teen trials – balancing homework and friends, trying to fit in, figuring out how to talk to girls – but for the life of him he just can’t find a date to the school dance. It doesn’t help that his bones are decaying, he eats brains for breakfast, and he’s… well…dead. Can the zombie get the girl? Find out in this new musical that proves love isn’t only for the living!   [For more information:  Lexington Children’s Theatre]

  • Dates: Friday, October 30, 2015 – Sunday, November 1, 2015
  • Times:Friday 7:00 PM, Saturday & Sunday 2:00 PM
  • Admission:$12

ThrillerThriller Zombie Parade:  Zombies returned to haunt downtown Lexington once again as we celebrated Halloween by recreating Michael Jackson’s ground breaking video for “Thriller.” This year’s showcase featured spooky dances by Mecca, Kiddie Kapers, SCAPA middle school, the March Madness Marching Band and the incredible Michael Jackson tribute pieces by the Danceformers. This event was presented by Lexington Parks & Recreation, Mecca Live Studio and WRFL.  The world’s largest reenactment of the Michael Jackson’s epic video winds it way through downtown Lexington. Come and join 1,500 zombies and dancers at one of the country’s most unique events.  Rain date: October 26.  [For more information: Breeder’s Cup Festival]

fright-nightsFright Nights at Jacobson Park:  Thousands of people visit Fright Nights at Jacobson Park each year from Kentucky and beyond as it is the premier haunted attraction in the entire region. Why? Because they change it up each year in order to give you the scream of a lifetime and for the 2015 season be prepared to witness an entirely different Fright Nights. They offer three haunted attractions at one location spread over 40 acres of terrifying land and all three have been completely revamped for 2015 to give you the scare of a lifetime. Feed your screams into an all new Entrapment, 13 Doors and the fan favorite Dark Forest. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, October 1 through Nov. 2. Jacobson Park, 4001 Athens-Boonesboro Rd. $14-$30. [For more information:]

lex-public-libaryLexington Public Library Halloween Events:  There are some great FREE events at the Lexington Public Library, Central Branch, at 140 E. Main Street, Lexington, KY:  [For more info:]

  • Shake Dem Bones
    Wednesday, October 14th, 3:45PM to 4:30PM
    No spine-tingling tales about skeletons here- we’ll celebrate bones through art, science & more! We’ll end by dissecting an owl pellet to search for bones! For grades K-5. Registration required.
  • Make Your Own Trick or Treat Bag
    Friday, October 16th, 2:30PM to 4:30PM
    Saturday, October 17th, 2:30PM to 4:30PM
    Planning on trick-or-treating? Come to our drop-in craft session to design your own special treat bag!
  • Monster Tea Party
    Wednesday, October 21st, 10:00AM to 11:00AM
    Join us for a special story time featuring all things monster! We’ll read a monster story and mix up some silly monster snacks. Halloween costumes encouraged! This activity takes the place of our regular Wednesday story time. Registration required. For preschool (3-5 Years)
  • Haunts and History Downtown Walking Tour
    Tuesday, October 27th, 6:30PM to 8:30PM
    Thursday, October 29th, 6:30PM to 8:30PM
    Join local historian Spence Millard for a walking tour around downtown Lexington to discover some of our city’s interesting history and haunted spots. Meet in the first floor rotunda, wear comfortable shoes, and bundle up if necessary. It’s going to be a spooky time! Adults, Registration preferred.
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin Halloween Party
    Wednesday, October 28th, 10:00AM to 11:00AM
    Join us to celebrate a very friendly Halloween with Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the rest of the Peanuts gang! Come in costume for games, crafts & trick-or-treating in the Library. For ages 0-5.

Transy PumpkinMania 2015:  Transylvania University lines the steps of Old Morrison each year with hundreds of carved, glowing pumpkins!  Take your kiddos down to enjoy this Lexington tradition.PumpkinMania is celebrating its fifth anniversary of welcoming the community to Transy’s campus. This year, they expect more than 500 jack-o’-lanterns to shine on the steps of Old Morrison! The pumpkins will be lit on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. and remain on display through Halloween night.  [More info:]

  • Sunday, Oct. 25, 1-7 p.m.
    Pumpkin carving in Haupt Circle (Broadway between Third and Fourth Streets)
    Open to the public. Please bring a pumpkin to carve and donate. Carving tools and stencils will be provided.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m.
    Trick-or-Treat in Old Morrison Circle (Third Street between Broadway and Upper).
    Trick-or-treat stations will be set up for children, and there will be Halloween goodies, face painting and hot chocolate.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
    Pumpkin Lighting

hotel-night2If you’re looking for a safe, clean place to stay, conveniently located to Downtown Lexington,with affordable rates:  check out University Inn Hotel.

Call 859-278-6625 for availability.

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