More than 30 years after Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking video first aired, zombies and the non-dead still come together in downtown Lexington to celebrate Halloween by re-creating Thriller.

Lexington Thriller Image
Halloween parade and Thriller Oct. 28, 2018.
Photo by Amy Wallot

The annual Halloween Festival and Thriller Parade has become a local must-do event as Halloween enthusiasts of all ages descend on downtown Lexington to celebrate the season. Lexington’s largest, free Halloween party will kick off with Halloween-inspired art and performances and will culminate with the Halloween Parade and Thriller reenactment. Food and beverage vendors will be onsite serving up good eats and treats.

New date and Location

Sunday, November 5th at Masteron Station Park Fairgrounds
4 – 6 pm

2:30pm – Local Food & Drink Vendors Open
4pm – Halloween Variety Show
5pm – Thriller Parade

Halloween Variety Show 
Curated by Mecca Live Studio, this stage show features a DJ spinning spooky tunes and Halloween-inspired performances by Lexington area arts groups such as Mecca, Dance Attack, Traci Stone Dance Studio, the March Madness Marching Band and many more

Halloween Parade 
What are you going to be for Halloween? Before the Thriller reenactment, we hold a parade that is a celebration of all things Halloween! Join us in the parade to show off your creativity and Halloween spirit!

Thriller Parade
The festivities culminate with the annual Thriller reenactment where several hundred zombies will dance, dawdle and drag themselves along the route to the classic Michael Jackson tune. Pedestrians can watch all along the parade route.  

Other Lexington Parks & Recreation Events

Jack-o-lantern Trail 
McConnell Springs
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)

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival
More information coming soon.
6:30 – 9 p.m.

Oct. 31
6 – 8 p.m.

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