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Halloween events in St. Louis

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

October is, without a doubt, my favorite month of the year. From the changing leaves to the cooler weather to the indulgent aroma of a pumpkin spice latte, all signs are indicating that fall is here to stay. Even better, October brings with it the mystery and magic of Halloween – and lots of slightly spooky (but mostly not-so-scary) Halloween events that are perfect for St. Louis families to enjoy.
 
Wondering how to get in the Halloween spirit this October? Here are ten of the most popular Halloween events in St. Louis:         

Halloween isn't over in St. Louis until you take your kids to The Great Candy Exchange! Sponsored by the Delta Dental Health Theatre, The Great Candy Exchange is a free event where kids get one more chance to wear their costumes, win great prizes, and donate their leftover Halloween Candy to our troops.

The Great Candy Exchange will be held Friday, Nov. 1 at the Vetta Sports Soccerdome in Webster Groves. Kids can turn in unopened Halloween candy in exchange for chances to win a variety of great prizes that encourage healthy habits and active play (including an Xbox One Day One Edition with game, valued at $550.).

All candy collected is sent to our troops (along with toothbrushes!) through A Soldier’s Wish List, and kids who attend this high-energy event will get to see live shows, bounce on inflatables, wear their costume one last time for the costume contest, enjoy healthy snacks, and even make friends with characters like the Tooth Fairy, Tooth Wizard, and Sir Smiles-A-Lot. There will also be face painting, balloon art, a photo booth, healthy snacks, and a meet & greet with the St. Louis Ambush! Kids will also get unlimited bounce time on the incredible inflatables at Vetta Sports!

Each pound of candy your child turns in is worth one raffle ticket. Individuals can increase their chances in the prize drawings by bringing new, unopened, child-sized socks, underwear and personal hygiene items to donate to the Little Bit Foundation, which helps meet the basic needs of children in our community, or making a $5 donation to the Delta Dental Health Theatre. Prize drawings will take place at 7:30 p.m., and individuals must be present to win.

Classrooms, clubs, organizations and teams can get involved too. The group that surrenders the most candy by weight will receive free admission to a 2013 show at the Delta Dental Health Theatre. The school with the highest attendance will receive a $250 donation to buy books for their library, courtesy of Delta Dental of Missouri.

Free. 4 to 8 p.m. (with prize drawings at 7:30 p.m.) at Vetta Sports in Webster Groves. For more information, call 314-241-7391, or go to www.ddhtstl.org.
 

You can also learn more at the theatre's Facebook page, or follow them on twitter at @YoucanToucan

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

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 Brave at 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 from 4-9 p.m. in Des Peres Park.

More information: www.desperesmo.org

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Lace up your running and walking shoes and chase down a costume because this fun event has something for all ages. The 5K and 10K runs are out-and-back courses, and there is a .5 mile Children's Fun Run for ages 10 and under.

Costumes are encouraged for all ages.

T-shirts are provided on a first come-first served basis for adults, and to all kids competing in the Fun Run. Awards are given to the first, second and third place male and female runners, and all Children's Fun Run participants will receive a completion award.

Start time is 8 a.m. for the adult races and 9 a.m. for the Children's Fun Run. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Chesterfield Towne Center in Chesterfield Valley at the corner of Long Road and Edison Avenue.

More information and registration: www.chesterfieldmochamber.com

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Children can enjoy trick or treat in costume at participating downtown Kirkwood businesses from 5 to 7 p.m.

More information: www.downtownkirkwood.com

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!

Hours are:

  • Friday, October 18:  9:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 19: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 20: 11 am – 5:30 pm.
  • Friday, October 25:  9:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 26: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 27: 11 am – 5:30 pm.

Free with museum admission of $9.50 per person. Free for infants under 1 year. At The Magic House. St. Louis Children's Museum, in Kirkwood

More information: www.magichouse.org

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