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So much to do, it’s scary

By Ashley Sutter

With the anticipation of costumes, parties, tricks and treats building in their hearts, kids across the nation are counting down the days until Halloween on Monday.  But kids – and kids at heart – in Shelby County don’t have to wait another five days for the fun to start.  Some Halloween related activities and events have already kicked off the holiday in the region and many are offered tonight and throughout the week leading up to the grand finale of Trick-or-Treating across the county on October 31.



Friday’s festivities kick-off with a Halloween party at Olive Branch United Methodist Church, located at 6383 Zaring Mill Road, from 6-9 p.m. with a costume contest, games, food and fun.

From 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., Mulberry Orchard, located at 1330 Mulberry Pike, will host Light the Night Corn Maze.  The cost is $5 per person and children 5-and-under are free. 

On Friday and Saturday kids can participate in Guist Creek Marina Halloween Camping at 11990 Boat Dock Road.  Campers are encouraged to decorate their campsite and kids can trick-or-treat around to each one.



There are numerous activities available across the region on Saturday including a Halloween Walk with the Animals at the Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort from noon until 5 p.m. There will be face painting, a hay maze, a fishing booth and candy. 

Kroger will host Halloween festivities from 1-4 p.m. inside their store Saturday at 311 Boone Station Road with numerous stations throughout the store, as well as games and activities. Hot dog meals with chips and a drink will be on sale for $3 to raise money for breast cancer awareness. In addition there will be opportunities to decorate cookies and small pumpkins.  Staff will be dressed up so children are encouraged to come in costume, as well.

Also on Saturday, the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass will host a Trick-or-Treat extravaganza for kids 12 and under. Festivities run from 4- 7 p.m. and include face painting, balloon art, and a photo booth to capture all the costume memories. Everyone who dresses up is eligible to collect candy from participating stores.

The Shelby County Fire Department will host a Halloween party at 200 Alpine Drive from 2-5 p.m. in honor of fire prevention month. Guests can trick-or-treat, enjoy goodies, refreshments, learn about fire safety, spray a real fire hose, take photos with Cinder the fire dog and much more.

Red Orchard Park will host a Trick or Treat Trail at 704 Kentucky Street on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. There will be several stops along the way with local businesses handing out treats.  The trail will begin at Michael Kay’s Bark Park at Red Orchard Park and go past some playpods.

There will be a Howl-O-Ween party for Tyson’s Chance at the Shelbyville Country Club, 47 Smithfield Road, on Saturday, as well.  The event is for 21-and-older.

There is a plethora of Trunk-or-treat opportunities on Saturday and Sunday, as well.

“It’s crazy out there as far as Trunk-or-treats,” Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger joked. “The little kiddies ought to get plenty of candy.”

On Saturday, First Christian Church will host a Trunk-or-treat from 2-4 p.m. at 60 Disciples Way.  Fun will include food, face painting, bounce houses, a cupcake walk, popcorn, cotton candy and more.

In addition, Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 181 Old Seven Mile Pike will have a Trunk-or-treat on Sat from 3-5 p.m.  The event will include food and fun for the entire family with an inflatable bounce house, crafts and candy.

On Sunday, Martinrea and UAW Local 2383 will host a community Trunk-or-treat from 2:30 until 4:30 and there’s lots of fun in store.

Micah Oesterritter, with Martinrea, is helping organize the event and said this year looks to be bigger and better than last.

“This year will be more exciting,” she said, noting there will be bounce houses and the local fire department may bring a fire truck out this year for the kids to enjoy.

Centenary United Methodist will host a Trunk-or-treat event from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, as well.

In addition, Finchville Baptist Church will host a Trunk-or-treat Harvest party Sunday from 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Monday, Halloween
On Monday Pigeon Fork Baptist Church, at 5090 Hickory Ridge Road in Waddy, will host a Trunk-or-treat event from 5-7 p.m. with food, fun and fellowship.

Trick or Treat

Traditional trick or treating across the county is set for Halloween night. The only time the city of Shelbyville elects to hold trick or treating on a different date is when Halloween falls on a Sunday.

Trick or Treating in Simpsonville and Shelbyville is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Monday but Rothenburger said there is no established time for the county.

“We really don’t have a set time,” he said.  “It’s on Halloween whenever they want to go at it.”
Rothenburger said they have tried in the past to align their time with the city ordinance but they did not get a lot of positive feedback.  “So go out whenever you can get out,” he said.

Halloween activities


6-9 p.m.

Halloween party

Olive Branch United Methodist Church

6383 Zaring Mill Road


6:30 until 8:30

Mulberry Orchard Light the Night Corn Maze

1330 Mulberry Pike

More info: 655-2633.


Oct 28 and 29 Guist Creek Marina Halloween Camping

11990 Boat Dock Road.

More info: 647-5359.



Noon- 5 p.m.

Halloween Walk with the Animals

Salato Wildlife Center in Frankfort


1-4 p.m.

Trick or Treat in Kroger

311 Boone Station Road.


2-4 p.m.

First Christian Church Trunk or Treat

60 Disciples Way
More info: 633-3345


3-5 p.m.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church Trunk or Treat

181 Old Seven Mile Pike

More info: 647-3696


4-7 p.m.

Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass trick or treating.

1155 Buck Creek Road, Simpsonville



2-5 p.m.

Halloween Party at Shelby County Fire Dept.

200 Alpine Drive

More info: 633-6648


4-6 p.m.

Trick or Treat Trail at Red Orchard Park

704 Kentucky Street



7 p.m.

Howl-O-Ween Party at Tyson's Chance(21+)

47 Smithfield Road

More info: 633-0542 or 321-7074



2:30-4:30 p.m. with set up starting at 2:00

Martinrea's Trunk or Treat

1000 Old Brunerstown Road


4-6 p.m.

Centenary United Methodist Trunk or Treat
More info: 633-4510

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Finchville Trunk or Treat Harvest party

Finchville Baptist Church

5270 Taylorsville Rd, Finchville, Kentucky 40022


Monday, Halloween

3-5 p.m.

Village Plaza, Shelbyville

Safe Trick or Treat


Pigeon Fork Baptist Church Trunk or Treat

5090 Hickory Ridge Road Waddy

More info: 682-2212



Shelbyville and Simpsonville: Monday, 5-7 p.m.

Shelby County: Monday, no times specified