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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...

Football, Horse Racing and Halloween: All will be celebrated at Commonwealth Stadium

The Breeders’ Cup and Halloween will both share the stage with football when Kentucky hosts Tennessee on Oct. 31. Kickoff at Commonwealth Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. (UK Athletics Photo)   Between the Tennessee football game, the Breeders Cup and Halloween, Oct. 31 will be one of the biggest and busiest Saturdays ever for the Lexington community. Fans coming to The New Commonwealth Stadium...

James Halcomb: Next trio of favorite horror movies includes some old-school boogeymen

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of columns in which James Halcomb counts down his 10 favorite horror movies – just in time for Halloween.     The next three films in my top 10 favorite horror films list include one film that still gives me the “willies,” one that I truly think of as the best crafted film of the bunch, and one about a classic boogeyman.   Donald...