Jack O' Lantern Spectacular hosts its first Sensory Night

November 1, 2019


Designated times will accommodate people with Autism Spectrum and Sensory Processing Disorders

On Saturday, November 2, the must-see event of the Halloween season, the Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular, will host its first ever Sensory Night.

This special event is designed for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences and their families. Limited tickets will be sold for a 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. time slot on this day only.   

For guest’s enjoyment, pumpkins will light up the trail, but there will be no music or special effects. Sensory Night at the Louisville Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular, is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank.

“Each year we receive requests for accommodations. We are so grateful PNC stepped up to make this special night possible.” said Brooke Pardue, CEO of the Louisville Parks Foundation. “We really hope this is helpful to the many families who have wanted to enjoy the show, but were nervous about coming out.”

Guests can purchase their tickets online or at the box office.

The trail will resume to its regular lights and sounds at dusk and will remain open until midnight. The last day of the show will be Sunday, November 3. Proceeds from the event benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation.

The wooded trail begins just outside of Iroquois Amphitheater (1080 Amphitheater Road, Louisville, KY 40214) and weaves its way through the trees with themed vignettes set to music. The carved, illuminated pumpkins rotate on a weekly basis, creating a different experience each weekend.

This year’s theme, “The Four Seasons,” features the trappings and holidays that make each month unique. The themed skits showcase Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall like you’ve never seen them before, providing something for everyone to enjoy.

Concessions are available nightly. Merchandise such as t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, and commemorative ornaments are also available for sale.

Jack O' Lantern Spectacular is produced by the Louisville Parks Foundation and the Iroquois Amphitheater in conjunction with Passion for Pumpkins, a multimedia production company with more than 30 years' experience in redefining fall by transforming any landscape into an illuminated organic gallery.

This year’s sponsors include Metro by T-Mobile, Yellowstone Select Bourbon, Republic Bank, Subway, Louisville Tourism, LG&E and KU, Papa John’s, Louisville Metro Council, UPS, PNC Bank, AT&T Fiber, Porta Kleen, UFCW227, Waste Management, LiveInLou, i9 Sports, Metro Fence, Louisville Pavement Sweep, The Oliver Group, Cardinal Moving, Qk4, EZ Construction, Louisville Adaptive Rowing, Plumbers Supply, and Louisville Eye Center.


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

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

Guests who plan to attend on Friday or Saturday night are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance. Sold out nights are to be expected.

The event is held rain or shine. No refunds will be given, but advanced purchased tickets may be exchanged for another day. Coach drop-off and on-site parking is available.

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The Louisville Parks Foundation (LPF)’s mission is to inspire donors to invest in our 120+ public parks and recreational facilities – for present and future generations. LPF was formed as a non-profit in December 2005 to support parks and community programs not funded by other local non-profits. In 2013, the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular opened in Iroquois Park and the producers of the show partnered with the Louisville Parks Foundation, which became the recipient of the proceeds. Since then, the Foundation has completed major projects in California, Lannan, and Russell Lee parks, installed 5 turf soccer fields in 3 public parks, Beechmont, William Harrison, and Wyandotte, and built the first “Skate Spot” in the Midwest at Breslin Park. The Foundation is currently raising funds for nature play areas. For more information, visit www.lpfky.org.

Passion for Pumpkins Inc. is a multimedia production company with more than 30 years' experience in redefining fall by transforming any landscape into an illuminated organic gallery. Begun as a small family run event used to raise funds for the Oxford School department in Massachusetts, the founders of Passion for Pumpkins and their partners have produced "pumpkin shows" in New England, Louisville and Minnesota that have been attended by over a million patrons.

Louisville Parks and Recreation, a nationally accredited parks and recreation agency, manages 120 parks and six parkways on more than 13,000 acres of land, and operates recreation programs for all ages.  Its mission, as a Nationally Accredited Parks and Recreation agency, is to connect people to places and opportunities that support and grow a sustainable community. The mission is accomplished by taking care of all parks properties and creating new ones, by providing safe and diverse recreational programs, and by protecting our public lands and resources for future generations. www.bestparksever.com