Unearth Missouri history at Spirits of the Past at the Daniel Boone Home in Defiance.Photo courtesy Daniel Boone Home.
Few holidays are more highly anticipated by kids — and kids at heart — than Halloween. Whether it's the excitement of shopping for the perfect superhero costume, the joy of celebrating at a not-too-scary monster mash, or the promise of that bag of trick-or-treat booty you'll be taking home at the end of the night, Halloween is big fun at any age. After some digging we've come up with the ghoulest — ahem, coolest — Halloween events in St. Louis and beyond for goblins of all sizes.
Little goosebumps for little spooks For families looking for some mildly spooky fun for young children, St. Louis' favorite attractions and destinations offer great options. Boo at the Zoo is a perennial favorite. Visit the Saint Louis Zoo 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 17-Oct. 30 for spectacular Halloween decorations, spooky keeper chats and more. Admission is $7 for nonmembers and $6 for members; children in costume receive a $1 discount, and children under 2 are free. The zoo also hosts a Spooky Saturday daytime event Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Magic House will use a little hocus-pocus to transform itself into a Not-So-Haunted House for Halloween. Kids are invited to an autograph party with their favorite storybook characters Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29. The event is free with regular museum admission.
Kids can celebrate the spooky season with their favorite creepy crawlies at the Bug Ball at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Visitors can make crafts, play games and trick-or-treat at treat houses from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for Missouri Botanical Garden members and free for children under 12 months; call 636-530-0076 to register. For some furry frights, take a tour of the Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29. Admission is $5 per car; call 314-982-3232 for reservations. Furry, four-legged creatures are welcome at Purina Farms' Trunk or Treat, hosted by St. Louis Sprout & About, Oct. 21. Admission is $5 per person and dog (children 2 and under are free); online registration is required. Curious creatures can also meet their favorite OWLoween animals at a new, free event Oct. 28 at World Bird Sanctuary featuring live animal shows, trick or treating, a maze and more.
Little superheroes can celebrate Halloween with hometown heroes at Wentzville's Family Ghoulish Party and Movie Spooktacular, hosted by the Wentville Parks & Recreation Department and the Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach, Oct. 28 in the new Station 1 Firehouse in Wentzville. The event includes a costume contest, games, a hay maze, giveaways and a showing of "The Goonies." Those who pre-register will also receive a hot dog, drink and chips.
Medium-sized chills for mature monsters If your little vampire has graduated past the trick-or-treating stage and is ready for a good fright, there are a plenty of pulse-pounding events and destinations that are sure to deliver. Intrepid monster slayers can brave the Night of Fright Haunted House at the Youth Activity Park in Dardenne Prairie Oct. 27-28; admission is $5. Visit Six Flags St. Louis weekends Sept. 29-Oct. 31 for Fright Fest. During the day Fright Fest delivers kid-friendly fun with decorations, Halloween shows and trick-or-treating, but after 6 p.m. the place is crawling with zombies, vampires and other creatures of the night. Fright Fest is included with regular admission, but there is an additional fee for some attractions.
Harvest big fun with a haunted hayride at Eckert's Millstadt location Friday and Saturday nights Sept. 8-Oct. 29. Hayrides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis from sundown till around 10 p.m. One hayride per person is included with the Fun Farm admission, which is $13; additional hayrides are $6 per person. Those who prefer homespun horror will find it in the Great Godfrey Maze in Glazebrook Park in Godfrey, Illinois. During the day this corn maze provides family fun and adventure, but Friday and Saturday evenings in October the spirits come out to play. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children (5 and under are free).
Families can greet the ghosts of Missouri past at Spirits of the Past Saturday, Oct. 21 from 6-10:30 p.m., at the Daniel Boone Home in Defiance. Learn more about the history of Halloween at Legends & Lanterns Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 27-29 in Historic St. Charles. This free festival on Main Street includes visits by some ghastly guests.
Serious freak-outs for sophisticated spirits Even mummies and daddies deserve a night of macabre mayhem, so for a truly memorable and quite possibly paranormal experience this Halloween, book a babysitter and do some local ghost hunting of your own. Gather a team of brave friends ages 21 and up and make plans to attend the Haunted Park Hunt in Dames Park. Teams will participate in a flashlight scavenger hunt. Reservations are $36 per person for O'Fallon, Missouri nonresidents. Truly intrepid souls can spend a night at the historic McPike Mansion in Alton, Illinois, at the Ghostly Halloween Campout Oct. 21-22, or visit these local haunted houses.
For a sophisticated spin on the usual spooks and spectres, spend an adults-only evening at the Missouri Botanical Garden at Spirits in the Garden Oct. 27. The event includes a costume contest, scavenger hunt, fortune telling, haunted tram tours, horror movies and more. Vampire buffs can sink their teeth into the haunting season at Saint Louis Science Center's Buffy the Vampire Slayer-themed First Friday Oct. 6.
And finally, for the quintessential Halloween experience in St. Louis, check into the Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn. This beautiful historic property is rumored to be home to some other-worldly revelry, making it the perfect spot for Halloween fun. Participate in an authentic ghost-hunting expedition, partake in a full-blown, grownup Halloween bash Oct. 28, or just drop by the restaurant for a great fried chicken dinner and a little casual people — er — ghost watching. Best Bets articles represent the views and the research completed by St. Louis Sprout & About journalists and are not driven by advertising or requests by vendors or venues. Best Bets do not imply an endorsement of a business or activity.
Last modified on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 15:02