Pumpkin patches, trick-or-treating, hayrides and haunts, fall is full of family fun in St. Louis. Here are five must-do activities along with all the information you need to plan your family's outings.
1. Take a ride. A hayride that is! Head to the farm or the park for this autumn rite of passage. For the complete experience, be sure to cap your ride with hot chocolate and a bonfire. See Hay Fever: Best Bets for Fall Hayrides.
3. Get lost. Test your family's navigational and problem-solving skills in one of the area's corn mazes. Have an out-of-this-world experience at the Great Godfrey Maze or check out the maze at Brookdale Farms Corn Maze in Eureka.
4. Pick a pumpkin. Kids love to search the fields for the perfect orange gourd, and at local farms, you can pick your pumpkin and play games, look at decorations and enjoy a bounty of family fun. See Harvest Heyday! Celebrate Autumn at Local Farms.
5. Visit a haunted (or not-so-haunted) house. Everybody loves a (developmentally appropriate) scary story! Experience the haunts at these haunted and not-so-haunted attractions. Little ones can visit with favorite storybook characters during the kind and gentle Not-So-Haunted House at The Magic House, open on weekends in October beginning Oct. 19. Explore the Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms where kids can interact with friendly witches and Checkerboard Charlie as they trick-or-treat in the hayloft, participate in costume contests and watch the high-flying dog show. They hayloft is open Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-28. To call the Halloween Celebration at Grant's Farm scary, well, that's a stretch. The only creatures spooked might be the white-tail deer caught in the tram's headlights. Little ones will enjoy visiting in their costumes for trick-or-treating and to see the attraction lit up at night. The celebration is open weekend evenings throughout October.
6. Trick-or-treat. Fall is at its sweetest right around Halloween. Don't miss out on the sugar rush. Grab your costumes and candy buckets and check out some of the area's free trick-or-treating spots during the week leading up to Halloween. See Free Sweet Spots for Trick-or-Treating.
Looking for even more fall family fun? Search the Sprout Calendar by the category "fall fun." We're adding new events daily.
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