October 17, 2018 By Tammy Mick

The Best Places to Celebrate Halloween in Lexington, KY

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For some Americans, Halloween is the most anticipated night of the year. It’s actually ranked as the county’s third favorite holiday.

There are people who have been planning their costumes for months or agonizing over what type of pumpkin-themed Pinterest snack they’re going to bring to the party.

Whether you’ve got a crew of little ghosts to take trick-or-treating, or you’re looking for some more grownup fun, there is no shortage of great Halloween events to choose from.

Halloween in Lexington, KY is no joke – so make sure you do your research ahead of time to help plan the spookiest, most memorable night possible.

We’ll get you started with our list of the best places to spend your Halloween. Keep reading to find out what they are.

Thriller Reenactment and Halloween Parade

A beloved Halloween tradition in Lexington is the annual Thriller performance and parade that happen downtown.

The event starts on Saturday, October 28th from 2-8 with an art market in the courthouse plaza.

The parade starts at 8:30, when ghouls and goblins of all ages are invited to show off their costumes on a route down Main Street, starting at Quality Street and Mills. You do need to register in advance if you want to march, but it’s free for individuals and groups.

The feature attraction of the event is the Thriller reenactment that happens at the end of the parade. Hundreds of professional zombies perform Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller dance together in the streets, as parade onlookers watch from the sidelines.

You can even participate as a zombie, for an $11 fee. Imagine how fun it would be rolling up to the parade with your friends, in a limo full of zombies.

Halloween at the Kentucky Castle

The historic, picturesque Kentucky Castle is holding a kid-friendly event filled with great food, music, dancing, plenty of photo ops, and real live princesses.

The Little Prince and Princess Ball takes place from 5-7 on Saturday, October 28th, and tickets range from $45-$50.

There is a grand prize for the winner of the costume contest, so make sure your princes and princesses come in their best getup. It’s first-come, first-serve, so you might want to get there early.

At 7:30 things switch gears at the Kentucky Castle, and the Hocus Pocus Adult Costume Ball gets started. The event is held in the castle greenhouse and includes dinner and drinks from 7:30-8:30, followed by a costume ball.

Tickets range from $55-$110 depending on whether you want the dinner included. Everybody gets a signature cocktail upon arrival, and there’s a grand prize for the best costume.

If you’re planning to let loose and have some drinks, make sure to arrange your transportation in advance so you don’t have to worry.

Halloween in Lexington, KY Has a Lot to Offer

If you can’t afford to spend too much this Halloween, there are also plenty of cheap (and even free!) events to attend.

You can check out:

  • The 2nd annual Halloween/Anniversary Party at Pivot Brewing from noon to midnight on Saturday, with costume prizes and cider and beer tastings – entrance is free!
  • Bluegrass Pug Rescue’s 4th Annual Pugkin Bash at the Kentucky National Guard Armory from noon to midnight on Saturday, with contests and games for both human and dogs alike – tickets are $5, free for kids 10 and under.
  • The Millennium Age Silent Party at Crumzz Bar and Grill on Saturday night, where people wear headphones playing music from three different DJ’s. Take them off whenever you want, so you can actually talk to the other people you meet. Tickets are $16.

Celebrate Responsibly

Halloween in Lexington, KY can be a blast, as long as you know where to look.

There’s nothing wrong with getting a little crazy this Hallow’s Eve, just make sure to be smart about it. Plan your transportation ahead of time.

You and your friends deserve to travel in style, so check out our fleet of high-end vehicles to get you safely to and from your Halloween destination.

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