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Pumpkin fairytale

A sight to behold: 5,000 lighted, carved pumpkins, with 100 works of art. The 2018 Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular’s theme is “A Night at the Library.”

It’s held in Louisville’s Iroquois Park at night with pumpkins lining a 1/3-mile illuminated walking trail. With pumpkins hanging in trees and themed displays, most everyone finds the show magical.

Visit October 9–November 4, daily from dusk (around 7:15) to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until midnight Friday–Saturday. Tickets are $10-$17 and available online; food and drinks can be purchased inside the gates. Go early, late or on weekdays to avoid long lines. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Louisville Parks Foundation.

The soft, woodland path has several steep slopes so wear comfortable shoes; wheelchair users may have difficulty under rain-soaked conditions. Be sure to bring a charged phone or camera for lots of photos; no flash, please. 

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