5,000 pumpkins to light up 2019 Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular

By GREG PHELPS, TAWANA ANDREW | WAVE 3 News

The Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular is back in the Derby City for its seventh year.

The show featuring thousands of artistically carved pumpkins starts Tuesday, October 8 and runs through Sunday, November 3.

This year’s theme, “The Four Seasons”, features vignettes set to music highlighting themes from literature, pop culture, history, art, and movies. The trail will be open from dusk until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

Five-thousand carved and illuminated pumpkins will light a third of a mile trail through Iroquois Park. The trail begins just outside of the Iroquois Amphitheater and winds through trees with themed scenes set to music.

The annual event draws thousands to Iroquois Park each year. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Tickets will range in price from $10 to $18. The breakdown of ticket information is below:

Sunday – Thursday
Adults: $14
Seniors: (65+) $12
Children (3-12): $10
Children under 3: Free

Friday – Saturday
Adults: $18
Seniors (65+): $16
Children (3-12): $14
Children under 3: Free

Tickets for Fridays and Saturdays will be sold based on select times to keep lines short.

The trail will be open from dusk until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Looking for a discount? Mondays are specially discounted thanks to a sponsorship from Metro by T-Mobile. Guests can visit select Metro by T-Mobile stores for a $2 off admission card, good for up to four people.  

Sensory Night, sponsored by PNC Bank, will be held on Saturday, November 2, from 4:45 PM through 6:45 PM. This version of the Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular, which was specially designed for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences, will feature no music or special effects. 

Another discounted night includes Republic Bank night on Wednesday, October 16 where Republic Bank customers will receive $2 off admissions with a Republic Bank debit or credit card. Metro Council Night will be held on Tuesday, October 29; Louisville Metro Council will sponsor $2 off admissions to all event-goers. These offers require ticket purchase at the box office day of show.

Tickets can be purchased at Iroquois Amphitheater Box Office or at www.jackolanternlouisville.com.

Event organizers estimate that 100,000 people will visit Iroquois Park during the event’s run. Proceeds benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation. Guests who plan to attend on a Friday or Saturday night are encouraged to buy tickets in advance. 

Visitors are also encouraged to use the hashtag #502Pumpkins on social media to share images or experiences they enjoy while touring the show.

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