Your Ultimate List of Halloween Fun Across the St. Louis Area

By Calendar Editor | Tue, 10/10/2017 - 3:01pm

It would be hard to find a city more enthusiastic about celebrating Halloween family-style than St. Louis. New parents across the metro area quickly learn to secure costumes early in October so their kids (and in some cases dogs too!) can take advantage of all the family-friendly Halloween events happening in the spookiest month. Whether you're looking for trick-or-treating, Trunk or Treat events, parades, parties, story telling or jamborees, you'll find it in our ultimate list of St. Louis Halloween events. For convenience, we've listed events by date. And, please note, some events require pre-registration or advance tickets. Are you ready for some not-so-scary, St. Louis-style Halloween fun?

Friday, October 13:

Party in the Patch at Shaw Park. Celebrate fall with a candy hunt, hay rides, a bounce house, carnival games and more at this Halloween party sponsored by the city of Clayton. A hot dog dinner is included. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is recommended, and the cost is $8 for kids 14 and under in advance and $10 on the day of the event.  More information at claytonmo.gov

Halloween Art Workshop for Kids. Kids can get creative with spooky crafts, popcorn and cider at this drop-off art workshop. You can enjoy an evening out while your kids are making a "BOO" door or wall hanger. All materials are supplied, including lots of goodies!  6:30 to 9 p.m. at Yucandu Art Studio in Webster Groves. $45 per child includes everything. For kids in 1st through 5th grades. Costumes are optional, but registration is required. More information and registration: yucandu.com

Rec or Treat. Explore the Renaud Spirit Center for Halloween treats, and lots of fun activities, like slime making, crafts, games, balloon artists, inflatables and prizes. You can also meet Toy Story's Woody and Jessie! Then, enjoy a free screening of the Halloween movie Toy Story of Terror. Bring your swimsuits for free open swim. Free and open to all. 5-8 p.m. at the Renaud Spirit Center in O'Fallon, Mo. More information: renaudspiritcenter.com

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Great Pumpkin Jamboree Weekend. Celebrate the fall season jamboree-style at YMCA Trout Lodge. Enjoy picking pumpkin carving, hayrides, live music and square-dancing, pumpkin carving, carnival games, sweet treats cooked over an open fire, and breath-taking fall foliage. It's a great opportunity to climb the 50-foot tower and view the glorious colors from up high, or to take the colors in on a horseback ride. Families can enjoy all the fun activities at YMCA Trout Lodge at this fun weekend getaway. Rates include lodging, meals and many activities. Kids 0-5 stay free! October 13-15 or 20-22. More information and reservations: www.ymcaoftheozarks.org

Halloween at Grant's Farm. Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant's Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The parking lot opens at 5:45 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides. Early arrival is recommended. Parking is $20 per car. Walk-ups are $5 per person. More information: grantsfarm.com

Saturday, October 14:

Eat and Treat. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of eats from more than a dozen local food trucks and treats for kids, including Halloween bags and trick-or-treating. There will also be live music, photo opportunities, and appearances from Fredbird and Louie the St. Louis Blues mascot.  Proceeds benefit Maryville University's Kids Rock Cancer, an innovative program that helps children successfully cope with the unique challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis through the power of music therapy. Noon to 6 p.m. at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 on the day of the event. Free for kids 11 and under. Tickets are available online at 1057thepoint.com

Great Pumpkin Jamboree Weekend. Celebrate the fall season jamboree-style at YMCA Trout Lodge. Enjoy picking pumpkin carving, hayrides, live music and square-dancing, pumpkin carving, carnival games, sweet treats cooked over an open fire, and breath-taking fall foliage. It's a great opportunity to climb the 50-foot tower and view the glorious colors from up high, or to take the colors in on a horseback ride. Families can enjoy all the fun activities at YMCA Trout Lodge at this fun weekend getaway. Rates include lodging, meals and many activities. Kids 0-5 stay free! October 13-15 or 20-22. More information and reservations: www.ymcaoftheozarks.org

Fall Festival at Longview Farm Park. Celebrate fall at one of St. Louis County's most beautiful parks. Kids can take a guided horse ride around the park with the help of Equine Assisted Therapy, along with the Bubble Bus, game booths, and arts & crafts. Families are encouraged to wear their costumes! There will also be local food trucks, local brews and a fall photo backdrop to save your memories. Free. 4 to 7 p.m. at Longview Farm Park. More information: town-and-country.org

Pumpkin Jamboree at Eckerts. Ride the wagons out to the pumpkin patch to search for your great pumpkin, even one up to 150 pounds! You can also enjoy wagon rides, country music, live entertainment, pony rides, petting farm, children’s activities, make-your-own scarecrow, funnel cakes and festival foods. At Eckerts Farms in Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton, Ill. More information: eckerts.com

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Treat Street. Children 12 and under can participate in trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, face painting, a Halloween photo op, fun music and more at Town and Country Crossing. There will also be a costume contest for kids ages 6 months to 12 years. Remember to bring a bag to collect your Halloween treats! 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. More information: townandcountrycrossing.com

Halloween at Grant's Farm. Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant's Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The parking lot opens at 5:45 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides. Early arrival is recommended. Parking is $20 per car. Walk-ups are $5 per person. More information: grantsfarm.com

Sunday, October 15:

Great Pumpkin Jamboree Weekend. Celebrate the fall season jamboree-style at YMCA Trout Lodge. Enjoy picking pumpkin carving, hayrides, live music and square-dancing, pumpkin carving, carnival games, sweet treats cooked over an open fire, and breath-taking fall foliage. It's a great opportunity to climb the 50-foot tower and view the glorious colors from up high, or to take the colors in on a horseback ride. Families can enjoy all the fun activities at YMCA Trout Lodge at this fun weekend getaway. Rates include lodging, meals and many activities. Kids 0-5 stay free! October 13-15 or 20-22. More information and reservations: www.ymcaoftheozarks.org

Pumpkin Jamboree at Eckerts. Ride the wagons out to the pumpkin patch to search for your great pumpkin, even one up to 150 pounds! You can also enjoy wagon rides, country music, live entertainment, pony rides, petting farm, children’s activities, make-your-own scarecrow, funnel cakes and festival foods. At Eckerts Farms in Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton, Ill. More information: eckerts.com

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Halloween at Grant's Farm. Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant's Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The parking lot opens at 5:45 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides. Early arrival is recommended. Parking is $20 per car. Walk-ups are $5 per person. More information: grantsfarm.com

Tuesday, October 17

Boo at the Zoo Nights. 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

Storytelling in the Museum: Pumpkin Time. Little ones will hear stories about one of our favorite elements of fall: pumpkins! This free story time is held at the Missouri History Museum at 10:30 a.m. More information: mohistory.org 

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Wednesday October 18:

Boo at the Zoo Nights. 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Thursday, October 19:

Boo at the Zoo Nights. 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

Halloween Celebration. Kids can celebrate Halloween with arts & crafts, mask making, ghost chasing and candy caper fun at this free Halloween Celebration at the Julia Davis branch of the St. Louis Public Library. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Registration is not necessary. More information: slpl.org

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Halloween at Grant's Farm. Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant's Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The parking lot opens at 5:45 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides. Early arrival is recommended. Parking is $20 per car. Walk-ups are $5 per person. More information: grantsfarm.com

Friday, October 20:

Not-So-Haunted House at The Magic House. 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. This is a candy-free celebration. The Not-So-Haunted House will be held during regular museum hours: Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Not-So-Haunted House is included with admission. More information: magichouse.org

Terror at Tower Grove Park. Have fun at the not-so-scary Terror in Tower Grove Park Halloween festival for all ages. Terror in Tower Grove Park includes live music, food trucks, candy for the kids, art projects by ArtScope, a costume contest, parade, a Halloween movie, s'mores and lots more. Costumes are encouraged for everyone for this ghoulishly good time! The event is free but donations are accepted to support the park. 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. More information: towergrovepark.com

Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms. The annual Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms is a St. Louis family favorite. This not-so-scary event includes a costume contest, storytelling, trick-or-treating, canine performances, adoptable dogs, magic shows and all the fun of the farm. Reservations are required. Kids up to age 12 are invited to participate in the costume contest at the Incredible Dog Arena for a chance to win a $25 Purina Farms gift card! Haunted Hayloft will be held over two weekends, Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29. Admission is free, but reservations are required. No walk-ups will be accepted. Reservations are available from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (property closes at 9 p.m.); and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays (property closes at 7:30 p.m.). Call 314-982-3232 to make reservations. The reservation line is open weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Event admission is free. Parking is $5 per car or $20 per bus. More information: purinafarms.com

Howl & Prowl. Join in on the free family fun at Howl & Prowl, with Halloween activities for all ages including a costume parade and contest. Bring your kids to the Kids Corner  (4-6:30 p.m.) where there will be a photo booth, games, prizes and more. The Kiddie Costume Parade and Contest will begin at 6 p.m. For teens and adults, there will be Open Mic performances featuring music and comedy acts, improv and poetry. The spookier the better! Dress in your favorite costume for a chance to win a prize. 4 to 9 p.m. at St. Louis Community College at Wildwood. Sponsored by the Rockwood School District's Got Your Backpack Program. Admission is free, but please bring a food item to be donated to families in need. More information: stlcc.edu

Boo at the Zoo Nights. 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

Storytelling in the Museum: Pumpkin Time. Little ones will hear stories about one of our favorite elements of fall: pumpkins! This free story time is held at the Missouri History Museum at 10:30 a.m. More information: mohistory.org 

Halloween Art Workshop for Kids. Kids can get creative with spooky crafts, popcorn and cider at this drop-off art workshop. You can enjoy an evening out while your kids are making a "BOO" door or wall hanger. All materials are supplied, including lots of goodies!  6:30 to 9 p.m. at Yucandu Art Studio in Webster Groves. $45 per child includes everything. For kids in 1st through 5th grades. Costumes are optional, but registration is required. More information and registration: yucandu.com

Shaw Family Adventures: Pumpkin Prowl. Get hands-on with nature as you and your kids learn all about pumpkins at Shaw Nature Reserve. You'll learn how plants and animals stay cool in the summer heat. Families will play games, hear stories, hike to find hidden pumpkins and decorate pumpkins to take home. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Cost is $7 per child/adult pair for members of the Missouri Botanical Farden and $9 for non-members. Registration is required. More information: mobot.org

Great Pumpkin Jamboree Weekend. Celebrate the fall season jamboree-style at YMCA Trout Lodge. Enjoy picking pumpkin carving, hayrides, live music and square-dancing, pumpkin carving, carnival games, sweet treats cooked over an open fire, and breath-taking fall foliage. It's a great opportunity to climb the 50-foot tower and view the glorious colors from up high, or to take the colors in on a horseback ride. Families can enjoy all the fun activities at YMCA Trout Lodge at this fun weekend getaway. Rates include lodging, meals and many activities. Kids 0-5 stay free! October 20-22. More information and reservations: www.ymcaoftheozarks.org

Halloween at Grant's Farm. Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant's Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The parking lot opens at 5:45 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides. Early arrival is recommended. Parking is $20 per car. Walk-ups are $5 per person. More information: grantsfarm.com

Sunset Hills Halloween Party. 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, gigantic slide, food and refreshments, hayrides with storytelling, a DJ, games and more. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Watson Trail Park. Admission is $5 per person; Food tickets are $3 per person. More information: sunset-hills.com

Manchester Halloween Festival. Dress up your kids in their favorite Halloween costumes and take them to Manchester's non-scary, family friendly Halloween Festival in Schroeder Park. You'll enjoy games, pumpkins, face painting, hayrides, a costume contest and lots more. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Everyone age 2 and older must have a ticket. Cost is $5 for residents and $6 for non-residents.  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase. More information: manchester.mo.gov

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Saturday, October 21. 

Trunk or Treat for Kids and Dogs. Bring your kids and your dog to the Purina Farms Trunk or Treat! In addition to plenty of treats for your two-legged and four-legged little ones, there will be face-painting, games, and balloon animals. Trunk or Treat is open to kids ages 12 and under. Admission is $5 per child for ages 3-12. Age 2 and under are free. Dogs are $5. Parking is free. All tickets must be pre-purchased. All dogs must be well-behaved, up-to-date on vaccinations with a visible rabies tag, be on a leash and at least four months old. At Purina Farms from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. More information: purinafarms.com

Hayride Hoedown. Join in on the Hayride Hoedown for all ages, where guests will experience a 45-minute wagon ride through the park, a light dinner, s'mores, and a performance by kid-favorite Babaloo. Chooose from 6. 6:45 or 7:30 p.m. haywagon departures. At Broemmelsiek Park in Wentzville. 6 to 8:15 p.m. Cost is $10.50 per person. Learn more on the event's Facebook page

St. Peters Halloween Carnival. Spend the evening enjoying a safe, indoor Halloween celebration for the whole family, including games, dinner, trick-or-treating, crafts and a hayride (weather permitting). Halloween costumes are encouraged! 4 to 6 p.m. at the Health and Environenmental Services Operations Building at 135 Ecology Drive. Sponsored by the city of St. Peters. Free. Register by Oct 19. For more information and to register online: stpetersmo.net

Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms. The annual Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms is a St. Louis family favorite. This not-so-scary event includes a costume contest, storytelling, trick-or-treating, canine performances, adoptable dogs, magic shows and all the fun of the farm. Reservations are required. Kids up to age 12 are invited to participate in the costume contest at the Incredible Dog Arena for a chance to win a $25 Purina Farms gift card! Haunted Hayloft will be held over two weekends, Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29. Admission is free, but reservations are required. No walk-ups will be accepted. Reservations are available from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (property closes at 9 p.m.); and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays (property closes at 7:30 p.m.). Call 314-982-3232 to make reservations. The reservation line is open weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Event admission is free. Parking is $5 per car or $20 per bus. More information: purinafarms.com

Not-So-Haunted House at The Magic House. 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. This is a candy-free celebration. The Not-So-Haunted House will be held during regular museum hours: Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Not-So-Haunted House is included with admission. More information: magichouse.org

Boo at the Zoo Nights. 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

Great Pumpkin Jamboree Weekend. Celebrate the fall season jamboree-style at YMCA Trout Lodge. Enjoy picking pumpkin carving, hayrides, live music and square-dancing, pumpkin carving, carnival games, sweet treats cooked over an open fire, and breath-taking fall foliage. It's a great opportunity to climb the 50-foot tower and view the glorious colors from up high, or to take the colors in on a horseback ride. Families can enjoy all the fun activities at YMCA Trout Lodge at this fun weekend getaway. Rates include lodging, meals and many activities. Kids 0-5 stay free! October 20-22. More information and reservations: www.ymcaoftheozarks.org

Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Parade. The best-dressed pooches in the region will strut their stuff for one of the biggest Halloween kickoff events in the St. Louis area. The 3rd annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Parade is a morning of fun for every member of your family. The event is hosted by Project Restore, an Edwardsville organization dedicated to addressing education, clean water, and medical care issues in developing countries. The Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Parade includes raffles, giveaways and other family activities. It's free to watch the parade, and a $20 donation is suggested to enter your pup into the parade/costume contest. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the parade begins at 11 a.m. in Joe Glik Park in Edwardsville. Dogs must remain leashed, have current vaccination tags and wear ID tags at all times. No puppies under four months old may enter. There will be prizes for Best Pooch Costume based on originality, creativity, bahavior and theme with owners. For more information on registration, sponsorship or to become a vendor, check the Project Restore Facebook page, email info@project-restore.org or call 618-781-4193.

Pumpkin Jamboree at Eckerts. Ride the wagons out to the pumpkin patch to search for your great pumpkin, even one up to 150 pounds! You can also enjoy wagon rides, country music, live entertainment, pony rides, petting farm, children’s activities, make-your-own scarecrow, funnel cakes and festival foods. At Eckerts Farms in Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton, Ill. More information: eckerts.com

West County EMS & Fire Protection District Fall Festival. Celebrate fall with pumpkins, the Bubble Bus, food and lots of free fun at this fall festival. Noon to 3 p.m. at the Fire Protection District Firehouse. Free and open to all. More information: westcounty-fire.org

Halloween at Grant's Farm. Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant's Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The parking lot opens at 5:45 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides. Early arrival is recommended. Parking is $20 per car. Walk-ups are $5 per person. More information: grantsfarm.com

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Haunted Hayrides and Trunk or Treat in Valley Park. There is something for the whole family at the Valley Park Halloween Haunted Hayride and Trunk or Treat. In addition to hayrides, kids can enjoy the Bubble Bus, face painting, a costume contest (for kids up to age 12), trunk or treat, a pumpkin patch maze, caramel apples, free hot dogs & chips, free pumpkins (while supplies last), kettle corn, and a Halloween movie too! Trunk or Treat is happening from 6-8 p.m., and the costume contest will take place at 6:30 p.m.; Bubble Bus 7-8 p.m. The event is from 5 to 9 p.m. in Leonard Park. More information: valleyparkmo.org

Fenton Techno Trunk or Treat. Dress up and bring your glow gear to the 5th annual Techno Trunk or Treat in Fenton. Enjoy music by a DJ, food trucks, hula hoop performers and jugglers from Circus Kaput, balloon artists, carnival games for kids and trick or treating from local businesses. Admission is free, but participants are asked to bring a canned good or non-perishable food to be donated to Heroes Care. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fenton City Park Main Pavilion Parking Lot. The rain date is Oct. 28. More information: fentonmo.org

Sunday, October 22

GPS Trick or Treat at Babler State Park. WILD Family Fun Days are bringing on the spooky family fun at the GPS Trick or Treat. Families will work together with a GPS unit to find trick or treat locations around the Babler Outdoor Education Center. There will be candy and prizes at each location. One GPS unit and instructions will be provided for each family so no previous experience is necessary. Grab your costumes and get ready for an adventure at this one-of-a-kind family event! Two sessions: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Babler State Park in Wildwood. Registration is required. More information and to register: prcommunityed.org

Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms. The annual Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms is a St. Louis family favorite. This not-so-scary event includes a costume contest, storytelling, trick-or-treating, canine performances, adoptable dogs, magic shows and all the fun of the farm. Reservations are required. Kids up to age 12 are invited to participate in the costume contest at the Incredible Dog Arena for a chance to win a $25 Purina Farms gift card! Haunted Hayloft will be held over two weekends, Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29. Admission is free, but reservations are required. No walk-ups will be accepted. Reservations are available from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (property closes at 9 p.m.); and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays (property closes at 7:30 p.m.). Call 314-982-3232 to make reservations. The reservation line is open weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Event admission is free. Parking is $5 per car or $20 per bus. More information: purinafarms.com

Not-So-Haunted House at The Magic House. 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. This is a candy-free celebration. The Not-So-Haunted House will be held during regular museum hours: Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Not-So-Haunted House is included with admission. More information: magichouse.org

Boo at the Zoo Nights. 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

Great Pumpkin Jamboree Weekend. Celebrate the fall season jamboree-style at YMCA Trout Lodge. Enjoy picking pumpkin carving, hayrides, live music and square-dancing, pumpkin carving, carnival games, sweet treats cooked over an open fire, and breath-taking fall foliage. It's a great opportunity to climb the 50-foot tower and view the glorious colors from up high, or to take the colors in on a horseback ride. Families can enjoy all the fun activities at YMCA Trout Lodge at this fun weekend getaway. Rates include lodging, meals and many activities. Kids 0-5 stay free! October 20-22. More information and reservations: www.ymcaoftheozarks.org

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Halloween at Grant's Farm. Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant's Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The parking lot opens at 5:45 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides. Early arrival is recommended. Parking is $20 per car. Walk-ups are $5 per person. More information: grantsfarm.com

Monday, October 23

Boo at the Zoo Nights. 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

Tuesday, October 24

The Healthy History-Lovin' Halloween Party. Bring your kids to the Missouri History Museum for this movin' and groovin' Halloween party! Kids can go trick-or-treating in the galleries and learn fun facts along the way. There will be kiddie calisthenics at each stop (where kids can earn prizes), and kids can shake, spin, swirl and twirl along to some great Halloween tunes in the disco dance party room.  A spooktacular 30-minute yoga class will be offered twice throughout the evening. 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Yoga adventures are led by Sara Clem of Salveo Yoga. You'll explore the history of St. Louis and have some Halloween fun exploring movement through yoga poses, partner poses, music and yoga games. Open to all ages and abilities. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes for this candy-free event. 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. More information: mohistory.org

Boo at the Zoo Nights. 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Wednesday October 25

Boo at the Zoo Nights. 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Thursday, October 26

Science Spooktacular at the Saint Louis Science Center. Science gets spooky at the Saint Louis Science Center's annual Halloween party! Bring your little ghouls, goblins, astronauts and dinosaurs to this Halloween event for hands-on, spell-binding science. You can even get spooked in the Haunted Lab as you make your own slimy creation. The whole family is encouraged to come in costume. (Visitors over the age of 12 are asked not to wear masks.) You'll see pumpkins fall from the highest floor of the Science Center in an amazing science demonstration, "Spooky Science Goes Splat,"  observe the First Quarter Moon at free telescope viewings, see Halloween-themed movies in the OMNIMAX Theater, make your own slimy creations, see an owl release, sit in on a spooky storytime, visit the Haunted Lab, explore Halloween optical illusions in the prep lab, learn science jokes for Halloween, and lots more. You can also see a special presentation exploring the Halloween sky in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Plus. don't miss The Discovery of King Tut special exhibition mini tour for only $5 per person. 5 to 8 p.m at the Saint Louis Science Center. General admission is free; fees apply for some programming. More information slsc.org

Halloween Parade at Westport. Costumed kids ages 10 and under are invited to the annual All Hallows Eve costume parade at Westport Plaza, kicking off at 6 p.m. at the new patio near the lake. This is a fun, free, non-scary event open to all. In case of rain the parade will be held inside the mall. Reservations are not needed. More information: westportstl.com

Halloween Walk in Kirkwood. Children can trick or treat in costume at participating downtown Kirkwood businesses. Trick or treating takes place from 5-7 p.m. More information: downtownkirkwood.com

Boo at the Zoo Nights. 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Halloween at Grant's Farm. Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant's Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The parking lot opens at 5:45 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides. Early arrival is recommended. Parking is $20 per car. Walk-ups are $5 per person. More information: grantsfarm.com

Friday, October 27

Brentwood Spooktacular. Brentwood Park and Recreation and Mid-County YMCA invite you to Spooktacular! Join us for a family-friendly fall evening in Memorial Park. Enjoy a hayride, jump in the bounce house, wear your favorite costume and pose in the photo booth, play games, enjoy treats and more.  6 to 8 p.m. Residents of Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights are $10 per family, non-residents are $15 per family when you pre-register. Registration at the event: $20 per family. More information and to register: brentwoodmo.org/parks or call 314-963-8689.

Halloween Spooktacular on Ice. If your kids like skating and Halloween fun, it doesn't get any cooler than this! Get the family together, put on your costumes, and come to the St. Peters Rec-Plex ice rink for the Halloween Spooktacular on Ice from 7-9 p.m. Hosted by the St. Peters Figure Skating Association, the Halloween Spooktacular on Ice includes ice skating, games, door prizes, and a costume contest. The cost is $10 for each participant and includes skate rental. Some costume restrictions apply. All participants must wear skates on the ice. More information and online registration:  stpetersmo.net

Not-So-Haunted House at The Magic House. 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. This is a candy-free celebration. The Not-So-Haunted House will be held during regular museum hours: Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Not-So-Haunted House is included with admission. More information: magichouse.org

Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms. The annual Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms is a St. Louis family favorite. This not-so-scary event includes a costume contest, storytelling, trick-or-treating, canine performances, adoptable dogs, magic shows and all the fun of the farm. Reservations are required. Kids up to age 12 are invited to participate in the costume contest at the Incredible Dog Arena for a chance to win a $25 Purina Farms gift card! Haunted Hayloft will be held over two weekends, Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29. Admission is free, but reservations are required. No walk-ups will be accepted. Reservations are available from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (property closes at 9 p.m.); and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays (property closes at 7:30 p.m.). Call 314-982-3232 to make reservations. The reservation line is open weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Event admission is free. Parking is $5 per car or $20 per bus. More information: purinafarms.com

Halloween Art Workshop for Kids. Kids can get creative with spooky crafts, popcorn and cider at this drop-off art workshop. You can enjoy an evening out while your kids are making a "BOO" door or wall hanger. All materials are supplied, including lots of goodies!  6:30 to 9 p.m. at Yucandu Art Studio in Webster Groves. $45 per child includes everything. For kids in 1st through 5th grades. Costumes are optional, but registration is required. More information and registration: yucandu.com

Little Goblins Trick or Treat. Bring your little one for some indoor trick or treating, a spooky scavenger hunt, pumpkin decorating, games and more. Kids will also be treated to a healthy snack. For ages 1 to 5. Cost is $6-$8 per child depending on residency. Parent participation and advance registration are required. At The Pointe in Ballwin. 10 to 11:30 a.m. More information and online registration: ballwinmo.us

Bug Ball. Step into the wonder and beauty of butterflies, insects, spiders and their other many-legged friends at the BOOterflies Ball! Your little bugaboos will be able to play games, create spook-tacular crafts and take home lots of loot after they visit the many hand-painted Treat Houses. Families can dance to Monster Jams at the Ugly Bug Ball or spy on the amazing Owl Butterfly, which are only active during dusk and dawn. 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. Cost is $14 per person, $12 for members of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and free for infants 12 months and younger. More information and to register: butterflyhouse.org

Boo at the Zoo Nights. 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Halloween at Grant's Farm. Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant's Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The parking lot opens at 5:45 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides. Early arrival is recommended. Parking is $20 per car. Walk-ups are $5 per person. More information: grantsfarm.com

Halloween Weekend at Trout Lodge. Looking for lots of hair-raising, family-friendly fun? Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood transform into a spooky destination for haunted hayrides, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and lots of frighteningly-fun games. Whether you love to be scared or if you're looking for something a little less scary for the little ones, you'll find something for everyone at YMCA Trout Lodge this Halloween. October 27-29. More information: ymcaoftheozarks.org

Saturday, October 28

Boo at the Zoo Spooky Saturday. Mummies and daddies are invited to bring their little ghouls and goblins to a day of safe and free trick-or-treating at 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 will be 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. with activities continuing throughout the afternoon. More information: stlzoo.org

Children's Costume Party and Parade in the CWE. Kids are the star of the show during the Central West End's Children's Costume Parade and Party. The parade begins at 11 a.m. on Oct. 28 at Walton & McPherson. Children in their favorite costumes will be escorted by Cinderella and her carriage, Moolah Shriners in their YOMO cars, clowns, face painters and more.  After the parade, kids can trick or treat at participating businesses throughout the Central West End until 1 p.m. A dog parade and party begins at 1 p.m. Registration is required for the dog parade only. There will be live entertainment throughout the afternoon, and the adults-only Halloween party begins at 6 p.m. More information: cwescene.com

Not-So-Haunted House at The Magic House. 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. This is a candy-free celebration. The Not-So-Haunted House will be held during regular museum hours: Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Not-So-Haunted House is included with admission. More information: magichouse.org

Family Ghoulish Party and Movie Spooktacular. Put on your costumes and head over to Fireman's Park for the all new Family Ghoulish Party and Movie Spooktacular sponsored by the Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach and Wentzville Park and Recreation. Families will enjoy games, Halloween activities, a costume contest, a hay maze and giveaways. Every pre-registered child age 14 and under will receive their own pumpkin. All who pre-register will also receive a hot dog, chips and drink. The movie The Goonies will be shown on the big screen. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. At the new Station 1 Firehouse on Luetkenhaus Blvd. in Wentzville. Pre-registered cost is $5 for residents and $7 for non-residents. $7 and $10 on the day of the event. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m. More information and registration: wentzvillemo.org

OWLoween at the World Bird Sanctuary. Head to the World Bird Sanctuary for the first-ever OWLoween celebration featuring live animal shows, a POKEHUNT, trick or treating, a costume show & parade, straw maze, games, crafts and more. This free event is for all ages. Live animal shows are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The costume show is at 2 p.m. and includes a parade. The POKEHUNT is for ages 14 and under and begins at noon ($5 per child). Enjoy some Halloween fun withthe owls, vultures and other souls of superstition at the World Bird Sanctuary. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information: worldbirdsanctuary.org

Ghost Stories at Jefferson Barracks. Hear spooky stories told by costumed storytellers above the bluffs of the Mississippi at Jefferson Barracks. Candlelight and creaking floors in the building and wood fires and noises from the woods set the scene for this once-a-year exclusive. For all ages. Advance registration is required. Sessions at 6:30 and 8 p.m. For all ages. $5 per person.  More information and registration: stlouisco.com or call 314-615-8800.

Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms. The annual Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms is a St. Louis family favorite. This not-so-scary event includes a costume contest, storytelling, trick-or-treating, canine performances, adoptable dogs, magic shows and all the fun of the farm. Reservations are required. Kids up to age 12 are invited to participate in the costume contest at the Incredible Dog Arena for a chance to win a $25 Purina Farms gift card! Haunted Hayloft will be held over two weekends, Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29. Admission is free, but reservations are required. No walk-ups will be accepted. Reservations are available from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (property closes at 9 p.m.); and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays (property closes at 7:30 p.m.). Call 314-982-3232 to make reservations. The reservation line is open weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Event admission is free. Parking is $5 per car or $20 per bus. More information: purinafarms.com

Monsters on the Meadows Halloween Festival. Dress up your little goblins for the Monsters on the Meadows Halloween Festival at the Meadows of Lake Saint Louis. There will be pumpkin painting, trick or treating, face painting, food trucks, fire and police vehicles from the Lake St. Louis Fire & Police Department on display and lots more. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to everyone. More information: themeadowsatlsl.com

Happy Halloween Hike. Families with kids of all ages can enjoy the sunset as they hike through the prairie trail and discover not-so-scary Halloween fun. This self-guided hike has stations along the way for you to learn about the animals of Halloween, such as bats, cats, owls and more. You'll even meet an owl from the World Bird Sanctuary. Stick around to enjoy s'mores around the campfire. Costumes are welcome! 6-8 p.m. at Shaw Nature Reserve. Registration is required. Cost os $7 per child for members of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Shaw Nature Reserve passholders. $9 per child for the general public. Adults are free with accompanying children. More information and to register: missouribotanicalgarden.org

Tricks & Treats on Park. The annual Tricks and Treats on Park Childrens' and Pets' Halloween Party is set for Oct. 28. Kids can trick or treat at Lafayette Square businesses, and there will be special treats for your four-legged friends too. Trick or treating begins at 11 a.m. More information: lafayettesquare.org

Pumpkin Jamboree at Eckerts. Ride the wagons out to the pumpkin patch to search for your great pumpkin, even one up to 150 pounds! You can also enjoy wagon rides, country music, live entertainment, pony rides, petting farm, children’s activities, make-your-own scarecrow, funnel cakes and festival foods. At Eckerts Farms in Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton, Ill. More information: eckerts.com

Halloween Pet Parade. Attention pet owners! Bring your pets to strut their stuff at the Ballwin Halloween Pet Parade. Dogs, cats, turtles, fish . . . if you have a pet you can register them. There will be prizes for the best pet costume and the best pet/owner costume combo. Cost is $3-$5 depending on residency. 2-4 p.m. at Vlasis Park. More information and to register: ballwin.mo.us

Halloween Storytelling at LeMay. Kids can enjoy Halloween stories and crafts with Miss Tracey, then stay for open play. For all ages. Costumes are welcome. 10 to 11 a.m. at the Pavilion at Lemay in Jefferson Barracks Park. Free. More information: stlouisco.com or call 314-615-8877.

Lil' Monsters Halloween Parade. Little ones can show off their Halloween finery at this free Halloween parade in Eureka. 1 to 3 p.m. along South Central Avenue in Eureka. Free. Part of the Eureka Scarecrow Festival. More information: eureka.mo.us

Boo at the Zoo Nights. 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

Halloween at Grant's Farm. Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant's Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The parking lot opens at 5:45 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides. Early arrival is recommended. Parking is $20 per car. Walk-ups are $5 per person. More information: grantsfarm.com

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Bug Ball. Step into the wonder and beauty of butterflies, insects, spiders and their other many-legged friends at the BOOterflies Ball! Your little bugaboos will be able to play games, create spook-tacular crafts and take home lots of loot after they visit the many hand-painted Treat Houses. Families can dance to Monster Jams at the Ugly Bug Ball or spy on the amazing Owl Butterfly, which are only active during dusk and dawn. 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. Cost is $14 per person, $12 for members of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and free for infants 12 months and younger. More information and to register: butterflyhouse.org

Halloween Weekend at Trout Lodge. Looking for lots of hair-raising, family-friendly fun? Trout Lodge and Camp Lakewood transform into a spooky destination for haunted hayrides, pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, and lots of frighteningly-fun games. Whether you love to be scared or if you're looking for something a little less scary for the little ones, you'll find something for everyone at YMCA Trout Lodge this Halloween. October 27-29. More information: ymcaoftheozarks.org

Halloween Family Fun Fest. Celebrate Halloween with festive games, food trucks, trunk or treat booths, bounce houses and hayrides at this free celebration sponsored by the Crestwood Parks and Recreation Department. Everyone is encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Whitecliff Park in Crestwood. There is also a 1 mile fun run hosted by the Kiwanis Club that starts at 10:30 a.m. A $10 registration fee is required for the fun run only (get tickets here), but the Halloween Family Fun Fest is free. More information: cityofcrestwood.org

Sunday, October 29

Pumpkin Carving in the Park. It's time for a fun afternoon of pumpkin carving! Join a park ranger at Suson Park, where pumpkins, carving tools and designs will be provided. You can also bring your own favorite designs, or just free-hand carve. 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Suson Park. Cost is $10 per person. For all ages. Registration is required by calling 314-615-4386. More information: stlouisco.com

Not-So-Haunted House at The Magic House. 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. This is a candy-free celebration. The Not-So-Haunted House will be held during regular museum hours: Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Not-So-Haunted House is included with admission. More information: magichouse.org

Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms. The annual Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms is a St. Louis family favorite. This not-so-scary event includes a costume contest, storytelling, trick-or-treating, canine performances, adoptable dogs, magic shows and all the fun of the farm. Reservations are required. Kids up to age 12 are invited to participate in the costume contest at the Incredible Dog Arena for a chance to win a $25 Purina Farms gift card! Haunted Hayloft will be held over two weekends, Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29. Admission is free, but reservations are required. No walk-ups will be accepted. Reservations are available from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (property closes at 9 p.m.); and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays (property closes at 7:30 p.m.). Call 314-982-3232 to make reservations. The reservation line is open weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Event admission is free. Parking is $5 per car or $20 per bus. More information: purinafarms.com

Boo at the Zoo Nights. 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

Halloween at Grant's Farm. Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant's Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, lights, decorations and dark Deer Park rides. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The parking lot opens at 5:45 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to search for animals during the dark Deer Park rides. Early arrival is recommended. Parking is $20 per car. Walk-ups are $5 per person. More information: grantsfarm.com

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Pumpkin Jamboree at Eckerts. Ride the wagons out to the pumpkin patch to search for your great pumpkin, even one up to 150 pounds! You can also enjoy wagon rides, country music, live entertainment, pony rides, petting farm, children’s activities, make-your-own scarecrow, funnel cakes and festival foods. At Eckerts Farms in Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton, Ill. More information: eckerts.com

Monday, October 30

Boo at the Zoo Nights - Final Night! 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, the new Witchy Walk welcoming little monsters, 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, enjoy interactive fireside stories and ride the Conservation Carousel. Visit the 4D Theater for a showing of "Happy Family 4D," a tale of a family adventure that unassumingly goes to a theme park but ends up getting transformed into mystical monsters! 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 is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for non-members. Children under 2 are free. There is a $1 discount with on-site ticket purchase 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. More information: stlzoo.org

Tuesday, October 31

Costumes, Pumpkins and Candy - Oh My! Bring your little ones to The Lodge Des Peres for some Halloween fun making crafts, bobbing for pumpkins, watching It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and having some fun in the indoor pool. For kids ages 3-6 with a parent or guardian. Don't forget your swim attire for an hour of play in the tot pool! 9:30 a.m. to noon. Registration is required by Oct. 24. More information and to register: desperesmo.org

Boo Bash in Strauss Park. Boo Bash is a Halloween extravaganza! Celebrate Halloween in Strauss Park with a bounce house, trick-or-treating, lots of kid-friendly spooky fun, and the Cardinals Nation food truck. Wear your costumes and say boo! Free. 4-8 p.m. in Strauss Park. Presented by Grand Center Inc.  More information: grandcenter.org

Halloween Boo-nanza. This fun family event includes hayrides, a marshmallow roast around the bonfire, and a scavenger hunt where the first 10 kids to finish will receive a prize. There will also be fun with crafts and pumpkins, and a costume contest. Don't miss the Haunted Caverns at the end of the program. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. For all ages. At the North County Recreation Complex. More information: stlouisco.com

Halloween Party and Parade in Lafayette Park. Kids should come dressed in their costumes for this Halloween Parade and Party in Lafayette Park. The event will start at the Lafayette Park Playground with trick or treating, carriage rides, carnival games, snacks and more. Everyone is welcome to this free event to participate or to hand out goodies to the kids. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. More information: lafayettesquare.org

Halloween Hoopla. Your family is invited to join the friendly ghosts and howling goblins at the Halloween Hoopla. This free event is designed to kick off your Halloween trick or treating and is for all ages. There will be the Bubble Bus, games, lots of kids activities and fun for all. Bring your little pumpkins to Frontier Park in St. Charles, where the fun will be set up between the Jaycee Stage and Katy Depot. Free and open to all. No reservations are necessary. 3 to 6 p.m. More information: stcharlesparks.com

The Great Pumpkin Party at Ferguson Library. The Great Pumpkin Party returns! Stop in to the Ferguson Library before trick-or-treating on Halloween to enjoy games and crafts, have kids' pictures taken in costume and grab some sweet treats. This free celebration is for all ages; a parent or caregiver must accompany children ages 9 and under. 4 to 6 p.m. at the Ferguson Library. Free.  More information: ferguson.lib.mo.us

Storytelling at the Museum: Happy Halloween. Preschoolers are encouraged to wear costumes and come to the Missouri History Museum to hear stories about Halloween. For ages 2-5. 10:30 a.m. Free. More information: mohistory.org

The BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals. The Butterfly House becomes The BOOterfly House this October to celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Kids can spy on spectacular spiders, enjoy daily story times with Miss Muffet and see Live Carnivorous Plant feedings. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion's Lair, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! The BOOterfly House activities are happening during October (Tuesdays through Sundays) at The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Story time with Miss Muffet happens daily at 10 a.m. Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings are held at 1 p.m. The Butterfly House is closed on Mondays. BOOterfly House activities will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. All events are included with admission. More information: butterflyhouse.org

Wednesday, November 1

Halloween Candy Exchange at The Lodge. Trade in sugary candy for healthy exercise! Bring leftover Halloween candy to The Lodge of Des Peres on Nov. 1 and receive a free youth admission in exchange for one pound of candy. You can use your pass to use the Lodge pool or gym at a later time, or if you're already a member, use it to bring a friend in the future. Child must be accompanied by an adult for the candy exchange. Limit one free youth pass per child. All candy will be donated to the USO of Missouri. For ages 3 to 17. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Lodge of Des Peres. More information: desperesmo.org

 

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