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Halloween events in St. Louis

Enjoy special evening hours at The Butterfly House during October for the Owls and Orchids Animal Encounters events. On Tuesday evenings, guests can get an up-close view of the beautiful Owls Butterflies, which are most active at dusk and dawn.

Evening hours are 4:30 to 7 p.m. with separate admission from daytime hours. Admission is $6 per person; $3 per person for members of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

More information: butterflyhouse.org

 

Celebrate everything spooky at this family Halloween party packed with fun activities. There will be a costume contest with prizes for the winners, a rock wall, bounce houses, food and refreshments, balloon artist, clowns, karaoke, a photo booth, arts and crafts, games, music, and - new this year - a haunted house!

5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Sunset Hills Community Center, 3915 S. Lindbergh.

Admission is $5 per person with a $20 maximum per family.

More information: sunset-hills.com

 

The Magic House and St. Louis Children's Hospital will host Happy, Healthy Halloween, an all-day, candy-free celebration that includes a trick or treat scavenger hunt where children can collect active-play treats, a cardio dance party and hands-on fitness activities.

Children dressed in Halloween costumes receive half-price admission!

Activities are free with museum admission. 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

More information: magichouse.org

 

Celebrate everything there is to love about Fall in the park at the Fall Festival in Des Peres. Enjoy hayrides, a costume contest, pumpkin races, scarecrow contest, live bluegrass music, and a free showing of the movie Frozen at 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 from 5-9 p.m. in Des Peres Park. Free.

More information: www.desperesmo.org

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

The City of Maryland Heights hosts this fun, safe Halloween parade at 7 p.m. starting south of Westport, adjacent to Hickey School. Reservations can be made by calling 314-738-2599. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held at Westport Mall.

More information: marylandheights.com

 

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

It's the Not-So-Haunted House that is oh-so-fun! Kids of all ages are invited to dress in their most "boo-tiful" Halloween costumes and have a ghoulishly good time trick-or-treating at The Magic House and getting autographs from their favorite storybook characters.

This year's Halloween event will include a special visit from more than 15 storybook characters from favorite children's tales such as The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and more.

Each child attending the Not-So-Haunted House event will receive a trick-or-treat bag and an autograph book for the not-so-spooky characters to sign as they trick-or-treat throughout four levels of the more than 100-year-old Not-So-Haunted House.

While the Not-So-Haunted House won't be scary, The Magic House' Electro-Static Generator will make your hair stand on end!

Free with regular museum admission. At The Magic House. St. Louis Children's Museum, in Kirkwood

More information: www.magichouse.org

Celebrate Halloween with the animals at Grant's Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard and dark Deer Park rides.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Entrance closes at 9 p.m.

Parking is $20 per car or $50 per bus. Walk-ins at $5 per person. Children 2 and under are free. More information: www.grantsfarm.com

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Mummies and daddies are invited to bring their little ghouls and goblins to a day of safe and free trick-or-treating along the Pumpkin Trail the St. Louis Zoo's Spooky Saturday.

Kids will encounter surprises and goodies along the way, along with their favorite costumed characters and entertainment.

Kids 12 and under should wear their Halloween costumes because there are plenty of photo opportunities, including haystacks, pumpkins, and of course, the Zoo animals! It is a safe Halloween event all ghouls and goblins are sure to enjoy.

Because Boo at the Zoo Spooky Saturday is a family-friendly event, visitors over age 13 in costume are not allowed unless they are accompanying children. Specifically, the Zoo's policy requires no adults can be wearing a mask or otherwise have their face covered with face-painting, etc.

Spooky Saturday is free and begins at 9 a.m. The day's activities include:

Trick-or-Treat 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Entertainment 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Crafts and Games 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Costume Character Meet-and-Greet and Jamboree - 3 p.m.
Admission is free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. only.

More information: www.stlzoo.org

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Explore the St. Louis Zoo after dark during special Boo at the Zoo Nights. This non-scary celebration is designed just for kids, and costumes are encouraged! Enjoy the Zoo's decorated grounds, the Haunted Hallow, Halloween Hank's Pirate Adventure at the Emerson Children's Zoo, giant webs, a haunted house with a singing witch, the Fragile Forest Fairyland, the mystery straw maze and lots more.

Kids can also make Halloween-themed, creepy crafts in the Lakeside Cafe.

Children 12 and under will receive a treat bag upon exiting. Parking is free in the south lot only. Hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly.

Admission to Boo at the Zoo is $4 for Zoo members, $5 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount for children ages 2-12 who are in costume. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online or by calling 314-646-4771. Discounts do not apply when purchasing tickets by phone. Boo at the Zoo nights continue through Oct. 30.

More information: www.stlzoo.org

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Discover a fascinating world of nature that wakes up after the sun goes down. The August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles is presenting a special program in the spirit of the Halloween season called Creatures of the Night. The program is free and open for all ages.

“Creatures of the Night” will take visitors on a guided hike along the area’s .7-mile paved Fallen Oak Trail to discover the denizens of the dark that can be found in Missouri’s outdoors.  Trail guides will lead the way through the woods along a candlelit path.  The goal of the program is to examine the myths and uncover the facts about nocturnal creatures.

“We all harbor a tiny fear of the dark and it’s an exciting thing for kids to experience the woods at night in this safe environment,” said May Cunningham, a Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Volunteer and organizer of the program.

The program encourages visitors to put to use all their senses to discover more about the natural world around them.  “Participants will have a heightened sense of smell and hearing,” explained Cunningham.  “Like the ‘creatures’ they will meet, they will be using their other senses to learn about nocturnal animals.”

The hikes will last approximately one hour and will be departing at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.  Advanced registration is required by calling 636-441-4554.  Participants are encouraged to come dressed for the weather. More information: www.mdc.mo.gov

Locations: 
St. Charles County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

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