For the past few years, I’ve heard about the amazing jack o lantern trails that you walk through the woods to see. Louisville isn’t that far from me so this is the perfect Halloween event near Indianapolis. I’m guessing that much of the inspiration for the Newfields Harvest Nights came from the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular pumpkin event. Both are truly beautiful but they are very similar in some ways and unique in others. With our favorite Christmas lights drive-thru light show coming up, we had to check out the Halloween one!
Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular Pumpkin Event
This popular Halloween event takes place along the walking trails at Iroquois Park in Louisville (just about a two-hour road trip from Indianapolis), but last year, the annual fundraiser for the Louisville Parks Foundation was a drive-thru Halloween event. This year, the walking trail has returned!
Jack O’Lantern Spectacular is one of a series of three shows that take place in other areas of the country. The pumpkins you see are real with the exception of the pumpkins mounted in the trees. Every few days, pumpkins have to be replaced due to decay or other natural causes. Most of the pumpkins are grown locally.
You’ll see typical classic jack o lantern carvings but then there are dozens and dozens of amazing works of art that reflect pop culture, animals, and other cool things.
Promo Code for Jack O’Lantern Spectacular
While we can’t find any active promo codes, there are special nights to save money, but be prepared for longer wait times. Republic Bank members can save $2 off tickets on Tuesday, October 19th using a special promo code from Republic Bank.
Sensory Friendly Night at Jack O’Lantern Spectacular
Thanks to PNC Bank, on October 25, 2021, at 6:00 PM, people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences are invited to enjoy Jack O’Lantern Spectacular while it is still light outside. Pumpkins will light up the path, but there will be no music or special effects.
Address for Jack O’Lantern Spectacular in Louisville
The exact address to enter the park is 4800 New Cut Road, Louisville. The official entrance is at the intersection of New Cut and Southern Parkway. Both ticket holders and those purchasing tickets will enter here.
Do I Need Tickets for Jack O’Lantern Spectacular?
Guests are advised to purchase their tickets in advance on the website for a timed entry.
Jack O’Lantern Spectacular Tickets
Tickets for 2021 are available online and in-person when not sold out. Ticket prices are $20 for guests age 13 and up, $15 for children 3-12 years old. Children two and under are free. Senior admission, age 65 and up is $17.
How long is the wait for Jack O’Lantern Spectacular?
You’ll enter at your timed admission ticket time and you may wait up to 45 minutes. Weekends and promo nights are the heaviest with traffic and long wait times. Concessions are available for purchase.
Bathrooms at Jack O’Lantern Spectacular
There are restrooms/port-a-potties available three times during the event. I recommended that you go to the bathroom before you enter the park.
What to Expect at the Louisville Pumpkin Event
I’d describe the Jack O’Lantern show as more whimsical than frightening and more artsy than scary. My children, ages 4, 6, 8, and 10 loved the show and were not scared…except for maybe the giant clown mouth.
Is Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular Worth It?
I think the sheer popularity of it makes it a sure sign that it’s worth it for local residents to attend. The question gets tricky when you ask someone from Indianapolis if it’s worth it to drive two hours and then drive home two hours. My friends go every year and they book a hotel.
If you have the time, I’d recommend staying overnight in Louisville and checking out other local attractions or fun things to do. My friend Stephanie has a website to help you out. One of our favorite places to go is the Louisville Mega Caverns.