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Halloween Party for the Whole Family

October 5, 2015 | Permalink

While Halloween is overwhelmingly deemed a “holiday for kids,” it’s somewhat ironic that the parties geared toward the candy-filled dress-up day often aren’t always catered to families and the little ones. Some events across the country can be downright scary for your kids, and parents seem to find it increasingly difficult to find a family friendly Halloween event. Luckily for families with small children, Louisville, Kentucky hosts the World’s Largest Halloween Party. More merry than scary, the event takes place at the Louisville Zoo. With trick-or-treating, costumed characters and plenty of storybook scenes that come to life, this Halloween event is one the whole family can appreciate. Here’s your complete guide to attending this special Halloween party everyone in the family will enjoy.

Who’s it For?

If you aren’t sure if you should grab a hotel in Louisville just yet, rest assured that the Louisville Zoo’s Halloween Party remains one of the best events for families in town and nationwide. Mostly for kids 11 and under, the event boasts of being a not-so-scary Halloween party. Parents don’t have to worry about the little ones becoming too spooked, as all of the activities and events at the party are completely G-rated and intended for the enjoyment of children.

What’s the Trick-or-Treating Like?

Available for those 11 and under, trick-or-treating at the Louisville Zoo event features a number of themed areas. Rather than worrying about spooky neighborhood yard displays, you can be assured your kids will enjoy trick-or-treating and many storybook scenes including a Winter Wonderland area, a yellow brick road to the Land of Oz, Super Hero City and Toyland.

Are There Rides?

If you’re looking for different Halloween ideas for the family, you can take advantage of the several rides. The zoo’s Halloween Party offers a number of rides and attractions including the Warthog Express Train, a 20-minute ride, the “Mary”-Go-Round and Handimals, where artists help turn children’s handprints into any desired animal. In addition, kids can also add to their costume with awesome face painting.

What Animals Can I See?

Aside from the Halloween attractions, you can typically also view some of the zoo’s night owls, and if you’re lucky, some other animals will also stay up late for your enjoyment. Most likely, you’ll be able to see some wolves, jaguars, bongos, rhinos and giraffes. In addition, the zoo’s Herpaquarium remains open during the event so you can see some truly creepy and crawly Halloween-esque creatures, if you dare…

When, Where and What Time?

While most family friendly Halloween ideas take place just on Halloween, Louisville Zoo’s Halloween Party spans across several dates during the month of October. The event runs from:

  • October 2nd through the 4th,
  • 8th through the 11th,
  • 15th through the 18th,
  • 22 through the 25th, and
  • 29th through the 30th.

The party begins at 5PM with the last entrance at 8:30PM. The Louisville Zoo is just 15 minutes from downtown Louisville. Ticket options can be found on the Louisville Zoo website.

If you’re looking for a Halloween party for kids this year, your options can be surprisingly be limited. Luckily for families, Louisville has a kid-safe Halloween event that everyone can enjoy throughout October.


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