Kids ages 12 and under can enjoy the Halloween season with fewer scares at the Jack-o-Lantern Trail.  This event is a great way to mix some Halloween fun in with all the cool things at McConnell Springs!

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2023 Jack-o-Lantern Trail Hike Nights 

Wednesday, Oct. 25 | Thursday, Oct. 26 | Friday, Oct. 27 | Saturday, Oct. 28 | Sunday, Oct. 29 (No activities & no cost on Sunday)
6:30 – 10 p.m.
Admission | $6 per person at the gate (children 12 and under free)

Enjoy an enchanting Halloween experience at McConnell Springs Park featuring hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins as they light up the night. In addition to marveling at the glow of the pumpkins, there will be campfires and s’mores, live owls from Critters in the Classroom and tasty fall food and beverages. Perfect for all ages, this night hike will be a great event for all.

Jack-o-lantern donation for the event

Show your pumpkin carving skills and take the Pumpkin Pledge to help bring this exciting Halloween experience to the community. We would like at least 1,000 carved pumpkins to make it around the half-mile trail at McConnell Springs, but without you, we have no trail! If you donate the carved jack-o-lantern, Parks will take care of lighting them. People can donate a single pumpkin, or groups can plan a special concept pumpkin grouping or sculpture. The sky is the limit for creativity and participation!

Pumpkins need to be carved and dropped off between Sunday, Oct. 22 and  Wednesday, Oct. 25, before 5 p.m. to ensure freshness throughout the event.

What’s in it for you? The Jack-o-lantern Trail has become one of our most popular community events! The participants that have donated a carved pumpkin love visiting the trail and trying to find their creation, in addition to seeing everyone else’s handiwork. Also, this is a ticketed event for the general public, but everyone who donates a carved pumpkin will receive a voucher to attend in addition to a special edition Cricket Press poster commemorating the event!

Have questions? Contact us at or (859) 288-2925.

Otherwise, pledge your jack-o-lantern and we will send you more information, drop-off instructions and voucher information as we get closer to the event. Thank you in advance for your participation!

You may place your jack-o-lantern on the trail yourself, or you can leave it on the porch, and Parks & Recreation staff will place it for you. Parks will provide the lights for the lanterns.

Please remember to pick up your Cricket Press Jack-o-lantern Trail 2023 poster and get the link to sign up for free admission to the trail when you drop off your lantern!

Donation Drop Off Dates
  • Sunday, Oct. 22, 1 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. – 6:30 pm.

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