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Art Lander’s Outdoors: With striking looks and eerie sounds, the Great Horned Owl is a Halloween icon

A night hunter with a striking appearance and eerie vocalizations, this owl is a Halloween icon. The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is a large, powerful bird with bright yellow eyes, brown, tan and whitish/gray plumage that provides good camouflage in forests, and distinctive “horns,” tufts of feathers called plumicorns. The Great Horned Owl is one of five owl species that nests in Kentucky....

Keven Moore: Halloween can be scary and dangerous, as well as fun; please take all precautions

Halloween is a fun festive and spooky time of the year for kids as many homeowners go all out to decorate their homes to add a little extra fright into the night. However it’s a holiday that comes with consequences, and I’m not talking about skinned knees and or sugar highs either. It a very dangerous night for many and I’m not referring to the likes of Michael Myers in the film Halloween or...

BBB Trends: Some Spootacular tips for Halloween so you can enjoy more treats than tricks

Shopping for Halloween should be fun — not terrifying. With so many costume and decoration ideas, it’s hard to choose what to buy, and where to buy it from. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), Halloween spending for 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion, with consumers planning to spend an average of $86.27 each. According to the NRF survey, among Halloween celebrants, 69 percent...

As Halloween approaches, make sure potential fire hazards don’t spook the festive day

Halloween is a fun, festive holiday for kids and adults alike, but it does present potential fire hazards. As the holiday fast-approaches, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages everyone to keep fire safety in mind, and to take simple safety precautions that can help ensure a safe, fire-free day. “Halloween is an exciting day for trick-or-treating, costume-wearing and creative...

Beth Underwood: Fond memories of Halloweens long past include not-so-fond memories of sweet thievery

I remember the Halloweens of my childhood as one of the most anticipated holidays of the year, right up there with Christmas and Easter. We planned costumes for months in advance and mapped out trick-or-treat strategies like four-star generals before a major battle. Mom served chili for the traditional pre-trick-or-treat supper. Dad queued up The Haunted Mansion record album to play for the 500 or...

Keven Moore: Halloween treats are sweet, but beware of tricky safety hazards for pedestrians and homes

Halloween is a fun, spooky time of the year for kids, and many homeowners are willing to pay good money to decorate their homes to add a little extra fright into the night. According to the Halloween Industry Association in 2017, more than 179 million Americans participated in Halloween festivities, up from 171 million the year before. They spent an estimated $9.1 billion on candy, decorations and...

Shelley Shearer: This Halloween, start a trend and provide out-of-the-box ideas for non-sugar treats

Soon it will be time for little Zombies, Captain America’s and a Mary Poppins or two to run from house to house eagerly awaiting Halloween treats. Since they are inevitably going to haul in a ton of chocolate and sticky candy, why not start a trend and provide some out-of-the box ideas for non-sugar treats and experiences that will position you as the cool house on the block? While the little goblins...

Hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns to light up Transylvania during eighth annual PumpkinMania on Oct. 30

Transylvania University invites the community to campus for the eighth annual PumpkinMania on Oct. 30. Hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns will light up the Old Morrison steps and student groups and campus organizations will host trick-or-treating the night before Halloween. “Last year, we had more than 5,000 people participate in PumpkinMania,” said Hannah Piechowski, director of student transitions...

Keven Moore: Your local haunted house might be frightening, but it’s also potentially hazardous

Imagine that it’s October, the weather has started to turn cool and you have decided to take your family to the local haunted house to have a frightening experience. You pay your admission and wait your turn. As your heart rate begins to increase from the sounds inside, you notice the safety rules near the front entrance. But who reads safety rules, right? As you enter the haunted house and navigate...

Non-prescription contacts might make the perfect costume, but opthalmologists say they carry big risks

Zombie or devil contact lenses may elevate a Halloween costume’s fright factor, but wearing them without a prescription could result in something far more terrifying – blindness. The Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (KAEPS) joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in urging Halloween shoppers to understand the risks of wearing over-the-counter contact lenses. While it is illegal...

HalloWhinny: Kentucky Horse Park hosting fall festival, included in price of admission

The Kentucky Horse Park will host the HalloWhinny Fall Festival, a day of family-friendly fun to celebrate the fall season, on Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1-6 p.m. Several special activities will be offered throughout the day, most of which will be included in the cost of admission. “The HalloWhinny Fall Festival is a great way to draw families from our local communities to the Kentucky Horse Park,”...

Kentucky State Parks celebrating Halloween with series of events throughout October

Kentucky State Parks across the Commonwealth will host Halloween events throughout October. Many of the park system’s campgrounds will have special activities for campers, including decorations, costumes, hayrides and games for the kids. Resort parks, recreation parks and historic sites will also have special Halloween events during October. A list of events is available at the Kentucky State Parks...

Old Time Kentucky: On Oct. 31, travelers to Boaz feared close encounter of worst kind with ghosts

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist Bud and Jake Johnson’s old coffin shop near Boaz, Ky., looked like the ruins of a little Greek temple. But at night, especially around Oct. 31… The wind rattled Virginia Creeper that clung to the front gable. Shadows danced spookily on its four columns. Dead leaves scratchily skipped across the front porch. Not a trace remains of the crumbling concrete structure...

Have a safe ‘trick-or-treat’ night by observing these Halloween safety tips from the NFPA

Halloween is upon us and Monday children are out wearing costumes and trick or treating for candy. Although this holiday is best known for fun, festivities and games, there are hidden fire hazards on Halloween, too. Fortunately, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has provided Halloween safety tips to ensure that trick-or-treating is safe. “Halloween is a very exciting holiday for...

Lexington Parks and Recreation adds new event to city’s annual Halloween festivities

There is a new addition to this year’s Parks & Recreation Halloween festivities. Before watching zombies dance down Main Street to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the Wicked Wonders Art Market will feature ghoulish wares designed by local artists to thrill, chill and delight. On Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., people can take a stroll through the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside...

Halloween not spooky because of tricks and treats; it’s downright scary for the $8.4 billion we’ll spend

With total Halloween spending expected to reach $8.4 billion this year — $1.5 billion more than in 2015 — the personal-finance website WalletHub released its 2016’s Best Cities for Halloween report along with fun and interesting facts about the holiday in its Halloween By The Numbers infographic. To help Americans prepare for the spookiest time of the year, WalletHub crunched the numbers to...

PumpkinMania: Transylvania continues annual Halloween tradition on steps of Old Morrison

Transylvania University will continue a Lexington Halloween tradition on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with its sixth annual PumpkinMania. The community is encouraged to attend this event, which will feature the lighting of hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns on the steps of historic Old Morrison off West Third Street at 7 p.m. Before the lighting—from 6-7 p.m.—there will be trick-or-treating, a food vendor (cash-only)...

Trick-or-Treat at the Salato Wildlife Education Center — Halloween Walk with the Animals set for Oct. 29

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources encourages youngsters – and the young at heart – to put on their costumes and join the Salato Wildlife Education Center staff in Frankfort for the best trick-or-treat experience in town on Saturday, Oct. 29. Salato’s annual Halloween Walk with the Animals event features child-friendly activities including a hay bale maze, “Creatures of...

It’s HalloWhinney time at the Kentucky Horse Park — come enjoy the horses in their costumes

It’s not Halloween in Kentucky without seeing horses dressed in costume and there is no better place to see that than HalloWhinny at the Kentucky Horse Park. With employees and past equine guests returning to participate, the park will provide two presentations of HalloWhinny at the Breeds Barn, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29-30, at 2 p.m. each day. During this popular, annual Halloween show,...

Kentucky State Parks have boo-tiful plans to celebrate Halloween throughout October

Kentucky State Parks across the Commonwealth will host Halloween events throughout October. Many of the park system’s campgrounds will have special activities for campers, including decorations, costumes, hayrides and games for the kids. Resort parks, recreation parks and historic sites will also have special events during October. A full list of events is available at: http://parks.ky.gov/halloween/. Parents...