Fall is my family’s favorite time in Louisville. There’s so much to do, and we’re always looking for something new. This year we were delighted to be hosted by the Louisville Metro Parks new event called The Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular at the Iroquois Amphitheater. It’s a brand new event this year in Louisville, and it began in Oxford, Massachusetts in 1988. The event, which is held nightly from October 10-November 2, features 5000 carved pumpkins along a ¼ mile trail in the woods, which totally adds to the spook factor. Artists were still finishing up some of their carvings on opening night, which was really cool to watch. They will be changing out the pumpkins on a weekly basis, so each week will basically be a new show. The artists of Passion for Pumpkins have been creating stunning works of art on pumpkins for 25 years, so the show is not likely to disappoint. The “Around the World” themed show features vignettes from France, England, Germany, Asia, and Kentucky, all set to music.
My kids really enjoyed the show. If you have really little ones I recommend a stroller or wagon, as the terrain is not easy for little ones to navigate. If you have a child who is sensitive to sensory stimuli, this may not be the show for you. Other than that, the terrain is a moderately hilly gravel path that is not terribly strenuous and is wheelchair and stroller accessible. It took us a little over half an hour to get through the trail. It was fairly crowded, but I don’t expect it to be that crowded if you go later in the evening.
Now for the not-so-great part. For my family of four to attend during the week, it would have cost $42. On the weekend it would be $54. I’m on the fence about this. I don’t want to blow that much of my family’s entertainment budget on one show. But then I’m reminded this IS a fundraiser benefiting both the Metro Parks System and Kosair Charities. It is really stinkin' cool and it may not be back again next year. The cool factor and the new factor make it a worthwhile expenditure for my family. I mean, you just can’t imagine what it’s like to stroll through the dark woods surrounded by so many glowing, intricately carved pumpkins. Click here for more info on pricing. Hopefully they’ll do a Groupon or discount night to make this event more accessible to more families. Also in the plus column, it is open until midnight on the weekdays and 1 a.m. on the weekends, so it’s a great end-of-night alternative to a bar on date night. And it might be kind of nice to stroll through there at a leisurely pace instead of constantly reminding the kids that no, you cannot touch the pumpkins.
By guest contributor: Maggie