Trick or Treating Louisville

Trick-or-treating in the Louisville area is one of the holiday favorites. Especially for the kids! The Louisville area has a wide variety of areas for trick-or-treating and each area has different times that trick-or-treating is permitted. Back in the day, trick-or-treating was always on Halloween and time didn’t matter much.

However, for safety reasons counties have now started posting Official trick-or-treating days and times. Once the season approaches, we will list the OFFICIAL trick-or-treating day and times for your area below.

OFFICIAL Trick-Or-Treating Times For Louisville Area

Trick or treating for the Louisville area will be on Halloween. It is recommended to finish trick or treating before it gets dark to make sure kids are safely indoors. Rule of thumb: If the porch light is on for Halloween, the homeowner is welcoming trick or treaters.


The average amount of time spent trick or treating is 1-2 hours. So to complete trick or treating by the recommended time, you should try to start trick or treating by 5PM. This should accommodate for nearly 2 hours of trick or treating.

Some neighborhoods have designated trick or treating nights that fall out of the the city’s accepted day/time of trick or treating. Make sure to pay attention to your neighborhood newsletters and etc. for times specific for you. Be safe out there and have fun!

Great Places To Trick-or-Treat

There are some places in the Louisville area that are better for trick-or-treating than others. Some communities in the Louisville area make a bigger deal out of Halloween than others. These communities typically have more decorations and tend to go overboard with treats and etc. These are the Halloween trick-or-treating “hot spots” in Louisville. Kids and parents love these areas!

One of these locations is Hillcrest Avenue in between Frankfort Ave and Brownsboro Rd in Louisville. This street is by far one of the best streets we have EVER seen to visit during the Halloween season. They literally have a competition with their Halloween decorations and it is incredible to see what all they put out. Be warned though, trick-or-treating on this street is usually very busy as a result. So busy that you may have to park a block or two over. Even if you don’t want to go trick-or-treating down the street, you should at least try to drive down the street on a night during the Halloween season. It is a very cool community in the Louisville area to check out for the Halloween season. We will try to get some photos of this neighborhood and post them as the season gets closer.

Some other places to check out are some of the Louisville area yard haunts. What is a yard haunt? It is a free haunted attraction set-up specifically for trick-or-treaters and Halloween visitors. Yard haunts are growing in popularity. Be sure to be on the look out to find them this Halloween! Great scares, great candy, and good fun!

Another way to go trick-or-treating in Louisville is to go to a sponsored trick-or-treating or trunk r treating event. These are events hosted by local businesses that participate in creating a safe way for you and your children to enjoy trick-or-treating. A few of the local options you have to do this include Bass Pro Shops, Mall St. Matthews, Oxmoor Mall, Bardstown Bound Boofest, the World’s Largest Halloween Party at the Louisville Zoo, or many other local events. Another great place to trick or treat is at Ultimate Halloween Parade & Festival!

Ultimate Halloween Parade & Festival

Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating

Kids look forward to Halloween for many reasons. They like the dressing up in costumes but the mostly they like it for the candy and treats! Who wouldn’t? Even some adults still like to go our trick or treating. It makes them feel young and happy again. While this section sticks mainly to guidelines for kids, they are just as useful for adults.

Some parents like to take first dibs on some of the candy that the kids have picked up during the night. It’s their reward for taking them around from house to house. We suggest that you watch the candy intake when you all get home, too much at one time can lead to stomach aches and indigestion. That includes mom and dad as well.

Make your child’s Halloween a memorable holiday and they’ll have good memories that last a lifetime. If you are taking your kids out for the night, dress up as well. Mom and dad should get into Halloween as much as the kids do!

Trick or Treating should be one of the great adventures of Halloween for kids! They can get dressed in costumes and go door to door, begging “Tricks or Treats!” from neighbors or at the local mall. Lots of small towns have a Halloween Safe Night at the community center or school so kids can Trick-or-Treat safely but going door to door is the stuff of childhood memories! It should be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so following some easy tips can keep your child safe every Halloween.

  • Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.
  • Some towns set a curfew for trick or treating which makes it easier for townsfolk to know who’s coming to their door. Make sure and stick to the curfew times and stick to subdivisions and areas with a lot of homes so your kids can get in as much trick or treating as possible in a few hours time.
  • Plan a safe route so parents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to go out by themselves. Make sure that they have a cell phone.
  • Let your children know not to cut through back alleys and fields if they are out alone. Make sure they know to stay in populated areas and not to go off the beaten track. Let them know to stay in well lighted areas with lots of people around. Explain to them why it can be dangerous for kids not to do this. If they are going out alone, they are old enough to know what can happen to them in a bad situation and how to stop it from happening.
  • Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!
  • Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a god idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.
  • Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible to cars.
  • Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat without an adult.