St. Louis Halloween Events & Activities For Kids
It’s almost October and of course there are a ton of the fun things to do around the city for Halloween! Here’s a fun list of events around town for families to enjoy.
Boo at the Zoo Nights:
Nightly, October 17-30, 2017
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Come explore the Zoo after dark during the special Halloween evenings: Boo at the Zoo Nights! This non-scary, kid-friendly Halloween experience is filled with laughs and adventure. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Children 12-and-under will receive a treat bag upon exiting. Boo at the Zoo Nights is not a trick-or-treating experience.
$6/member; $7/non-member; children under 2 are free; $1 discount for children 2 to 12 in costume
Parking is free! Our treat. North and South Lots available each night.
No reservations necessary.
Boo at the Zoo Spooky Saturday
presented by SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
Saturday, October 28, 2017
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
*ONE DAY ONLY*
Admission is FREE.
Educational Activity Stations 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cardinal Glennon Kids Interactive 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bubble Bus 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Gypsy Rose Pirate Ship 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Strolling Entertainment 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Pumpkin Stomp ‘n Chomp animal enrichment 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Crafts and Games 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Costume Character Meet-and-Greet 1 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Admission is free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. only.
Halloween At Grant’s Farm
Enjoy the season with a one-of-a-kind celebration, featuring themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, and themed Deer Park rides with Halloween lights!
October 6 – 7, 12 – 15, 19 – 22, 26 – 29
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Entrance opens at 5:30 p.m. & closes at 9:00 p.m.
The Magic House – Not-So-Haunted House
Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22
Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29
Friday: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Children of all ages are invited to dress in their most “boo-tiful” costumes and have a ghoulishly good time trick or treating and getting autographs from their favorite storybook characters at this candy-free celebration.
Cost: Free with Museum admission.
Eckert’s Haunted Hayrides:
There’s lots of ghoulish fun for young and old during this hayride through Eckert’s haunted orchard. Haunted hayrides take place every Friday and Saturday night (after the sun goes down) September 15th through October 28th.
Eckerts JUMPIN’ PUMPKIN JAMBOREE:
Ride the wagons out to the pumpkin patch to search for your great pumpkin. Our pumpkins range from a couple of pounds to more than 150 pounds so we are sure to have the perfect jack-o-lantern for you! Wagon rides, country music, live entertainment, pony rides, funnel cakes and festival foods make this a fun-filled weekend for everyone! Children’s activities. Petting farm. For more information call Eckert’s as (618) 233-0513.
Saturdays and Sundays throughout the entire month of October.
Storytelling at the Museum —
These programs engage our youngest visitors and their families in historic objects and museum settings by using traditional and contemporary storybooks. Children also will enjoy a hands-on craft or other activity. Each 45-minute session is FREE. This program is recommended for children ages 2-5. Kids only (adults welcome with children). Check with the Ticket Desk for gallery locations upon arrival.
Tuesday, October 17 2017 at 10:30 am
Friday, October 20 2017 at 10:30 am
DAY of the DEAD
Tuesday, October 24 2017 at 10:30 am
Friday, October 27 2017 at 10:30 am
Wear your costume and join us for Halloween stories.
Tuesday, October 31 2017 at 10:30 am
Friday, November 3 2017 at 10:30 am
Missouri Botanical Gardens – Bug Ball
October 27 & 28, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Step into the wonder and beauty of butterflies, insects, spiders and their other many-legged friends! Your little bugaboos will be able to play games, create spook-tacular crafts and take home lots of loot after they visit our many hand-painted Treat Houses. Families can dance to Monster Jams at the Bug Ball or spy on the amazing Owl Butterfly, which are only active during dusk and dawn. When tummies rumble, guests will munch on a spook-tacular dinner that will include themed menu items such as creepy pizza fingers, cream cheese, petrifying pastries, eerie pudding, frightful fruit, pumpkin punch, and so much more! Admission into the Butterfly House, activities, light refreshments, crafts, treats, and goody bags are included in the event ticket price. Space is limited and reservations are required.
$14 per person
$12 Missouri Botanical Garden members
Free for infants 12 months and younger
Purina Farms – Haunted Hayloft
October 20th – 22nd & October 27th -29th
Enjoy entertainment for kids including trick-or-treating, face painting, magic shows, canine performances and more. Admission is FREE.
*RESERVATIONS ONLY – 314.982.3232
Purina Farms – Trick or Treat for Kids and Dogs
11:00AM – 1:00PM
VISITOR CENTER AT PURINA FARMS, GRAY SUMMIT, MO
Every weekend in October (Actually Sept 30) (school tours during the week, call for reservations)
U-pick pumpkins, Already picked pumpkins, Mums, Gourds, Corn Stalks, Indian Corn and more….
Farm Animals on display, Hayrides, Pony Rides, Fort Spooky, Corn Maze, Inflatable Farm Train, Inflatable Slide, Inflatable Haunted House and more… (Pony Rides, Inflatable Farm Train and Inflatable Slide only on weekends)
Food….Hot Dogs, Kettle Corn, Carmel Apples and more… (only on weekends)
Hours: Monday through Friday – 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
249 Schneider Drive, Fenton, MO 63026
Will open September 30th. Throughout October the farm is transformed into “PUMPKINLAND” a farm-fun, pumpkin-powered play area.
Pumpkinland is open daily throughout the month of October at both the Maryland Heights and North Hanley locations. The farm markets at all three locations are still open 7 days a week.
General Admission is available everyday that Pumpkinland is open but is general admission only on weekends. Parties and groups are welcome on Saturdays and Sundays but are not eligible for group rates. Party areas are available free of charge but tables cannot be reserved in advance, it’s a first come, first-served basis. General admission includes access to the whole Pumpkinland play area, petting zoo, corn maze and wagon ride. Concessions, face painting, pumpkin decorating, pony rides and a corn cannon are available on weekends only for an extra charge.
Science Center Science Spooktacular
October 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Science gets spooky at the Saint Louis Science Center’s annual Science Spooktacular! Bring your young ghouls, goblins, astronauts and dinosaurs to our Halloween celebration and get hands-on with spell-binding science at this family-friendly program. Make your own slimy creation – oobleck! See a live owl demonstration from the World Bird Sanctuary! Watch pumpkins go splat from the highest floor of the Science Center, view the night sky through a telescope, and enjoy Halloween-themed shows in our OMNIMAX® Theater and James S. McDonnell Planetarium!
Tricks & Treats on Park – Lafayette Square:
October 28th beginning at 11am kids can trick or treat. They also will have a Halloween Party and Parade October 31st from 5:30 – 7:30.
Living History Hayrides at Jefferson Barracks (All Ages)
Enjoy a hayride through historic Jefferson Barracks with re-enactor vignettes throughout the park. The re-enactors will explain their time period, uniforms and equipment during stops. Space is limited. Advance reservation is required. Call 314-615-8800 or e-mail email@example.com.
Saturday Sept. 9 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Sunday Sept. 10 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
$7 per person
Fall Family Hayride with Country Music- Creve Coeur (All Ages)
Join us for a special evening at Creve Coeur Park. Enjoy music, marshmallows and hot chocolate. These hayrides are for people of all abilities, a ramp assisted hay wagon will be available. Lawn chairs are welcome; music starts at 6:30pm. Due to limited space on the ramp accessible wagon, those needing accommodations should call only 314 615-8826 to make arrangements. Advanced reservations are required.
Creve Coeur Park
Saturday 9/23 6:00p.m. / 7 p.m. / 8 p.m.
Sunday 9/24 6:00p.m. / 7 p.m. / 8 p.m.
History Hayrides at Faust Park (All Ages)
Join us after dark for a hayride around Faust Park. Then wander through candlelit historic homes, where refreshments and story-tellers await. Warm up with a bonfire and live music. All tickets are sold in advance. Call 314-615-8332 or 615-4386. Tickets can also be purchased on our website.
Friday Oct. 6 6 p.m. / 7 p.m. / 8 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 7 6 p.m. / 7 p.m. / 8 p.m.
$10 per person (price is only $5 if you just want to tour the Historic Village, open from 6:30 – 10 p.m. Cash is accepted at the gate)
Family Hayride and Music under the Stars at Greensfelder Park
Meet at Mustang Shelter to enjoy Greensfelder Park under the stars. You’ll ride a haywagon through this beautiful afternoon & evening setting. After your hayride, enjoy roasting marshmallows over an open fire, sipping hot chocolate while listening to live country music. Dress for the weather. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Call 314 615-5572.
Saturday Oct 7 4 p.m. / 5 p.m. / 6 p.m. / 7p.m./ 8 p.m.
$10 per person
Living History Hayrides at Fort Belle Fontaine (All Ages)
Enjoy a Fall haywagon ride at historic Fort Belle Fontaine where costumed re-enactors from the War of 1812, Civil War, World War II and other periods explain their uniforms and equipment is a must-do experience for the history buff and nature lover. Wear comfortable shoes as some walking will be required. Dress for the weather. Limited space available. Advance registration is required. Call 314-615-8800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Oct. 14 10 a.m. / 1 p.m. / 3 p.m.
Sunday Oct. 15 1 p.m. / 3 p.m.
$7 per person
Fall Harvest Fest in Jefferson Barracks
Fall is in the air with crisp cool nights and crackling bonfires. In store for you is a fun filled evening with Live Music, Bonfires to warm by, Food Trucks & Winery with a variety of good eats and drinks for purchase. Kettle corn popped hot on the spot and continuous hayrides around the park. Parking is in the lot at the New Lemay Pavilion (305 Gregg Rd.) with a short walk to the open cantonment field. Purchase tickets in advance on the web, $10 per person ages 2 and up (everyone must have a ticket for the hayrides.) Sorry no coolers. Dress warm as October can be chilly, a lawn chair is suggested. To register or for more info call 314-615-8822 or 8820.
Saturday Oct. 21 6 p.m. – 10 p.m
$10 per person all ages
Evening Hayride and Music Under the Stars- Lone Elk (All Ages)
Meet at White-Tail Deer Shelter to enjoy Lone Elk Park like never before. Ride a hay wagon through this beautiful setting and spot Elk, Deer and other wildlife. Later you can warm up by the fire, roast marshmallows and listen to live music. See if you can pick out the sounds of Elk bugling in the distance. Bring a flashlight, lawn chairs are welcome and music starts at 7pm. Space is limited. Advanced registration is required. Call 314 615-8822.
Lone Elk Park
Friday 10/20 6:30p.m. / 7:30 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 10/21 6:30p.m. / 7:30 p.m. / 8:30 p.m.
The Meadows – FABOOLOUS FUN AT LITTLEBITS GYM
SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 29
Join LittleBits Gym for a Fa-BOO-lous FUN Halloween event at the Meadows Shopping Center!
Your children will enjoy a Not-So-Haunted House, Halloween Crafts, Spooky Games and Prizes, Halloween photo booths, Trick or Treat, Creepy Crawl Tunnel, Bounce Houses, Pony Rides, Goody Bags, Facepainting, Balloon Artist and prizes courtesy of LittleBits Gym!
Every Saturday and Sunday from September 30th through October 29th, 1pm to 6pm
Adult Admission FREE and Children ages 1+ $10 for unlimited FUN
Monsters on the Meadows
It’s time for Monsters on the Meadows!! Dress up your little ghosts and goblins and come out for all the fun on Saturday, October 28th from 11am – 2pm!!
There will be pumpkin painting, trick or treating, face painting, live Bluegrass music, vehicles on display from the Lake St. Louis Fire & Police Department and Food Trucks!! The Misfit Toys Autism Awareness Group will be bringing 30 hot rod cars and hosting a “Trunk or Treat” for extra trick or treating fun!!
Food Trucks: Lion’s Choice, Embers Wood Fired Pizza, The Tamale Man, Kona Ice, Bebe Liz Gourmet Desserts and South Philly Twist Pretzels.
Join us at The Pavilion at Lemay for Halloween storytelling and crafts with Miss Tracey as she brings the story to life! After the storytelling and crafts, stay for open play in the MAC! Costumes are welcome! To Register call 314-615-8877
Location: The Pavilion at Lemay
Day: Saturday, 10/28
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
An Evening in the Cemetery
Governor Frederick Bates has been at rest for 192 years and he’s now rested well enough to visit with you at his graveside. Join Frederick, his wife Nancy, other members of the family and a few more resident ghosts in the family cemetery behind Thornhill, in Faust Park. The house will be appropriately decorated and historically dressed docents will explain mourning practices and superstitions of the period. Please come, the Governor is dying to meet you. Rain or Shine or Dark of Moon
Location: Thornhill at Faust Park
Day: Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21
Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $5/person (under 4 are free)
St. Vincent Haunted Shelter Extravaganza
Come enjoy candy, hot chocolate, S’mores and other treats under the Haunted St. Vincent Shelter. There will be best costume prizes, sand volleyball and other fun activities for the entire family. Call 314-615-8788 for more information.
Ages: 5 and up
Location: St. Vincent Community Center
Date: Saturday, Oct. 28
Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free Admission
Ghost Stories at Jefferson Barracks
Hear spooky stories told by costumed storytellers above the bluffs of the Mississippi at the Barracks. Candlelight and creaking floors in the buildings and wood fires and noises from the woods set the scene for this once-a-year exclusive. Two story times offered. Limited space available. Advance registration is required. Call 314-615-8800 or e-mail email@example.com.
Location: Jefferson Barracks Park
Day: Saturday, October 28
Time: Sessions at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person
Hey Kids! (And Adults too!!) It’s time for Halloween and time for some pumpkin carving. Join a Park Ranger for a fun afternoon of carving pumpkins in the park. Pumpkins, carving tools and designs will be provided. You can also bring your own favorite design, or just free-hand your carving. Advanced registration required by calling (314) 615-4386.
Location: Suson Park (Spindler Shelter)
Day: Sunday, October 29
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Enjoy this family fun event which includes hayrides and a marshmallow roast around the bonfire. You’ll love our scavenger hunt where the first 10 to finish will win a prize! We’ll have more fun with crafts, pumpkin, a costume contest and our “Haunted Caverns” at the end of the program. Call 314-615-8839.
Location: North County Recreation Complex
Day: Tuesday, October 31
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
Ghost Stories for Groups
If you would like to share an evening with those that love all things that go “bump” in the night, our story-tellers can customize an unforgettable spooky experience for your group. Reservations are required at least two-weeks in advance. Events can be held at Fort Belle Fontaine, the General Daniel Bissell House or Jefferson Barracks Park.
Call (314) 615-8800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to make your reservation.
Cost is $10/person.
St. Charles Community College – Trunktoberfest
Saturday, October 7 at 4 PM – 8 PM
Join us on October 7th for our first Trunktoberfest featuring trick-or-treating, kid friendly activities, food trucks and an outdoor movie at sundown. The event will run 4pm to 8pm in the Red Parking lot at St. Charles Community College. The movie will be shown at sun down on the lawn outside of TECH.
For more information, please contact our office at 636-922-8437.
Hayride Hoedown – Hosted by St. Charles County Parks
Saturday, October 21 at 6 PM – 8:15 PM
1615 Schwede Rd, Wentzville, Missouri 63385
Families and small groups can join in the fun of a Hayride Hoedown at Broemmelsiek Park! Guests will experience a 45-minute wagon ride through the park, along with a light dinner, s’mores, and the foot-stomping, knee-slapping performance of Babaloo, a one-man musical comedy act suitable for all ages. Pre-registration required. Choose from a 6, 6:45 or 7:30 p.m. haywagon departure.
Fee: $10.50 per person
Six Flags Fright Fest
The World’s Largest Halloween party takes place five weekends beginning Friday, September 29th and has been expanded to include October 30th and 31st this season. Haunted mazes, Scare Zones, Halloween themed shows, kids’ attractions, zombies, freaks and elaborate decorations transform the theme park into a scream park.
Family Ghoulish Party and Movie Spooktacular – Hosted by Wentzville Parks & Recreation
Saturday, October 28 at 5:30 PM – 9 PM
Put on your costumes and head over to the brand new Station 1 Firehouse on Luetkenhaus Boulevard at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 for the always popular Family Ghoulish Party AND Movie Spooktacular!
This event is sponsored by the Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach and Wentzville Parks and Recreation Department. Every child (14 and under) will receive their own pumpkin!
All who pre-register will receive a hot dog, bag of chips and drink. Families will be able to enjoy games, activities, the Bubble Bus, a costume contest at 6:30 p.m., a hay maze and give-a-ways. Then, at 7 p.m., grab your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy “The Goonies” on the big screen!
*Each person must pay to enter; cost for day of event will be $7/10.
The Great Candy Exchange – Delta Dental Health Theatre
NOVEMBER 5TH, 2017
This event contaminates kids with the tools needed to make healthy choices around Halloween, while helping to curb candy consumption. Kids can bring their hard-earned, Halloween candy to the event in exchange for chances to win really cool prizes. The event also features live shows, music, face painting, giveaways, snacks and more. All collected candy is sent to the troops through our partnership with the USO.
If you know of more fun events please share them below in the comments or on the STL Mommy Facebook page and I will add them to the list!