Enjoy a night of haunting tunes at a free Halloween Concert in St. Peters.Photo courtesy St. Charles County Symphony.
With a bit of hocus pocus, it's easy to sneak a little art, culture, science and history into your family’s Halloween activities! Several upcoming events offer fun opportunities to broaden your young mad scientist’s horizons:
Booterfly House Ongoing throughout October Bug out with lots of creepy crawly things all month at Booterfly House at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Visit the Scorpion’s Lair, explore Botanicals Gone Mad and listen to special stories. Get the details.
Edwardsville Children’s Museum’s ‘Not-So-Haunted’ Halloween Party 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 13 Explore the not-so-haunted Edwardsville Children’s Museum and enjoy snacks and stories. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Get the details.
Halloween Concert 7 p.m., Oct. 17 Getting “dressed up” for a night at the symphony takes on a new meaning at this free Halloween Concert! Bring your child in costume for this special performance by the St. Charles County Symphony at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at St. Peters Cultural Art Centre. The evening includes Halloween-themed music, a costume parade and trick-or-treating. Get the details.
‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ Storytelling Oct. 21-22, Oct. 27-29 Hear an American folktale told inside First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in St. Charles. Storytelling will be offered at select times, and is part of the Legends and Lanterns Festival in Historic St. Charles. Get the details.
Spirits of the Past 6-10:30 p.m., Oct. 21 Meet spooks and specters from Show-Me State history at the Historic Daniel Boone Home. Visitors ages 7 and up can wander down lantern-lit paths through the historic village and listen to haunting historical tales. Get the details.
Halloween Window Painting Oct. 21-22 Young witches and wizards in third through sixth grades can trade the magic wands for paint brushes to help transform windows in Wentzville’s downtown business district. Applications must be submitted by Oct. 16; paint must be picked Oct. 19-20 (participants will provide their own brushes). Get the details.
Healthy History-Lovin’ Halloween Party 4:30-7 p.m., Oct. 24 Kids can learn more about St. Louis history as they trick-or-treat in the museum’s galleries at this free celebration at the Missouri History Museum. The event also features yoga, a dance party and candy-free fun. Get the details.
Science Spooktacular 5-8 p.m., Oct. 26 Experience the spellbinding powers of science through demonstrations, Spooky Storytimes, Halloween-themed shows and more. This year’s event will also feature $5 mini tours of the Discovery of King Tut exhibition. Get the details.
Family Day Block Party at the Contemporary Art Museum 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 28 Children ages 3-12 can create spooky art and do the monster mash at this free Halloween party, hosted by the Contemporary Art Museum in Grand Center. Though admission is free, registration is recommended. Get the details.
OWLoween 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 28 What goes “whooooo” in the night? Find out at this free new event at World Bird Sanctuary. Visitors can learn more about creatures of myth and legend and make crafts, navigate a straw maze, make crafts and more. Get the details.
Tails of the Night: A Celebration of Missouri’s Nocturnal Animals 5-9 p.m., Oct. 28 Get to know some fascinating creatures of the night on a nighttime hike at the Wildlife Rescue Center. The fun also includes trick-or-treating and campfire chats. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Get the details.
Howl-o-Ween 7-9 p.m., Oct. 28 Learn more about efforts to protect an endangered species at Howl-o-Ween at the Endangered Wolf Center. The event is $15 for adults and $12 for children. Get the details.
Dia de los Muertos 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 4-5 Learn more about Latin American culture through food, music, art displays and altars at the Missouri History Museum’s free Dia de los Muertos celebration. Get the details.