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.
This event, which has been named a top 10 Halloween destination by USA Today, is brought to you by Lexington Parks & Recreation, Mecca Live Studio and WRFL.
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016
(Rain date: Oct. 30, 2016)
11 a.m. – 8 p.m. – Wicked Wonders Market
6:30 p.m. – Dance showcase
8 p.m. – Parade
8:30 p.m. – Thriller
The evening festivities will begin with a dance showcase at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. Both the parade and Thriller will start at Quality and Main streets and proceed down Main Street, ending at Mill Street.
Become a zombie
Both children and adults can participate as zombies in the event. All zombie participants must register online or in-person at a scheduled rehearsal. All participating zombies are required to attend at least one regular rehearsal and one staging rehearsal.
- Cost: $11 for adults, $6 for ages 16 and under
- Registration deadline: Friday, Oct. 21
All rehearsals will be held at Artworks at the Carver School, 522 Patterson Street, Lexington, KY.
Dates and times:
Regular rehearsals begin Friday, Sept. 30 and run through Friday, Oct. 21. Staging rehearsals begin Saturday, Oct. 22 and run through Friday, Oct. 28
- Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 6 – 7 p.m. (registration and check-in: 5:30 – 6 p.m.)
- Saturdays, 2 – 3 p.m. (registration and check-in: 1:30 – 2 p.m.)
*On Oct. 22, there will be a zombie make-up tutorial following rehearsal.
Michael & Ola auditions
Auditions for the main roles of Michael and Ola in the Thriller re-enactment will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 from 2 – 3 p.m. at the Artworks at the Carver School, 522 Patterson Street, Lexington, KY.
Prior to the Thriller re-enactment, will be a Halloween parade featuring ghosts, ghouls, superheroes, villains and costumed characters of all kinds.
Parade entry form
Entry deadline: Monday, Oct. 17, 2016
To participate in the parade, groups must submit a completed parade entry form, entry fee and waiver to:
Lexington Parks & Recreation
Attention: Sarah Flora/Halloween Parade
522 Patterson St.
Lexington, KY 40508
Disclaimer: While the parade applauds all forms of free expression, it is not a political rally or a commercial opportunity. The focus here is Halloween fun; expect the pressing of outside agendas to be frowned upon,unless deployed with humor, ingenuity and within the spirit of the event. Also, no commercial/marketing only entries will be permitted.
Wicked Wonders Market
For the first time ever, this Halloween event will include a Wicked Wonders Market at Cheapside Park, featuring ghoulish wares designed to thrill, chill and delight. It’s is a day-long singularly bizarre bazaar, an excellently eerie venue for sellers to showcase their goods, be they wild or weird, sinister or spooky!
For the vendor application and details on booth sizes, entry fees, setup and more download the 2016 Wicked Wonders Market form.
Registration deadline: all applications must be postmarked by Friday, Sept. 30