Budget cuts have prompted Lexington to cancel two upcoming annual events — a children's Halloween trick-or treat event and a pre-Christmas arts and crafts fair.
The cancellation of Little Goblins Galore, most recently held at McConnell Springs in October, and the Christmas at Keeneland arts and crafts fair in November were the result of cuts in excess of 10 percent to the city parks and recreation budget, urban county parks director Jerry Hancock said.
Little Goblins Galore, where children trick-or-treated on a trail of friendly characters and played games, cost the city $4,000 to produce. The arts and crafts fair at Keeneland cost "a few thousand" dollars, Hancock said.
No other 2010 events are canceled, Hancock said.
Meanwhile, Hancock said a Halloween event at Jacobson Park might be on its way back next year after a three-year absence.
For years, the city held an event at Jacobson called Trail of Terror that featured a path of menacing Halloween characters. That event was discontinued in 2008 because of problems with a vendor, Hancock said.
On Tuesday, Hancock asked the Urban County Council for permission to contract with a new special events company for a Halloween event at Jacobson Park from Sept. 23 through Oct. 31, 2011.
The proposed new terror trail would feature "a haunted forest with computer-generated effects," he said. The proposed event would not cost the city money, Hancock said. Instead, the Urban County Government would receive 20 percent of the new vendor's gross receipts.
The council has not taken a final vote on the issue.