Put a little fright in your night with the return of Parks and Recs’ free Freaky Flicks movie series! Enjoy fun, family-friendly, spine-chilling films to get you Spooky Season ready. Pre-show activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a Monster Mash dance party. The movie will begin at dark, around 7:30 p.m. There will also be a kid’s costume contest with trophies awarded each week. There are designated areas for either blankets or chairs to help everyone see the screen. Look for the signs and set your blankets on the left when looking at the screen, or set your chairs up on the right. Seating is first come, first serve. Food, drink, and dessert trucks will be available, but feel free to bring your own picnic. No tents or drones are allowed.

Please note: Unlike previous years, Freaky Flicks is happening on Saturday nights and changes locations during the schedule. 

OCT 1 Hocus Pocus, Masterson Station

OCT 8 Ghostbusters, Moondance

OCT 15 Addams Family Values, Moondance


Pumpkin Spice? No, it’s PumpkinMania!

The Lexington community is invited to Transylvania University’s campus Sunday, Oct. 23, for the 2022 PumpkinMania Festival presented by White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics.

The 12th annual event will feature pumpkin carving for the display on the Old Morrison steps — which last year appeared on Good Morning America — along with food vendors, music and more. The 500 jack-o’-lanterns will be lit each night from Oct. 23-27 for public viewing.

“We look forward to getting into the Halloween spirit with our neighbors at this year’s PumpkinMania,” President Brien Lewis said. “Join us on Old Morrison lawn for this family-friendly Lexington tradition.” 

To participate, register for up to five free tickets to reserve pumpkins to carve between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. during the festival, which coincides with this year’s Family Weekend.

Volunteers from the university community, including organizations and sports teams, will prepare the pumpkins for carving. Also, students are putting PumpkinMania goodies like candy and school supplies into regular Harrison Elementary snack packs, and alumni teachers in the local district received event-related coloring projects for their students courtesy of the Young Alumni Council.

For this year’s display, Transylvania is once again sourcing pumpkins from Black Soil, an organization connecting Black Kentucky farmers with their agricultural heritage and expanding the market for their products.

The pumpkins will be collected Oct. 28 by local farmers, who’ll use them for animal feed. While this means the display won’t be up through Halloween, recycling the gourds before they’re unusable is in line with the university’s commitment to sustainability.

In addition to White, Greer & Maggard Orthodontics and Black Soil, this year’s PumpkinMania sponsors include BimGroup and Alpha Financial Partners.

Tricks and Treats 

SUNDAY OCT 16 Trunk or Treat

Celebrate a Happy Halloween at Hamburg Pavilion’s Trunk-or-Treat event! The evening includes trick-or-treating, character meet & greets, music, and food trucks! Be sure to give a friendly pat to the horses, Praline and Vexin at the event too! Trunk-or-Treat will be on Sunday, October 16th from 6 PM – 9 PM in Regal’s parking lot (1949 Star Shoot Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40509). Please register in advance online.

Visit and @hamburgjournal on Facebook for a sampling of area trick or treat options.