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What are you doing this Halloween? Here’s a megalist for all of October

By Dan Kelly

October 02, 2017 12:23 PM

The Halloween season offers something for everyone: It all depends on how much you want to be scared.

At the top level of fright are the haunted houses and haunted tours. Three favorites — Edge of Hell, Beast and Macabre Cinema — operate in the West Bottoms.

Somewhat less frightening, and more suited for younger children, are the many wooded trails decorated for the season, including Magic Woods (Oct. 14) at Lakeside Nature Center and the Enchanted Forest (Oct. 26) at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park in Lenexa.

Even more child-appropriate are the bumper crop of corn mazes and pumpkin patches. The biggest and most popular attractions — from Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch in Liberty to the KC Pumpkin Patch in Gardner to Johnson Farms in Belton — have already opened and generally will run through Halloween.

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Along the same lines of child-centric activities are the many festivals and special events. Among the favorites are Hoots and Howls (Oct. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22) at the Kansas City Zoo and Night of the Living Farm (Oct. 20-21 and 27-28) at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park.

Finally, several venues will offer Halloween events that are pure entertainment. Options range from the Kansas City Chorale (Oct. 14 and 17) to Burlesque Downtown Underground (Oct. 28).

Haunted houses and tours

Through Oct. 31

Edge of Hell, Beast and Macabre Cinema

The West Bottoms is home to three of the Midwest’s top haunted attractions. Edge of Hell and Beast open 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (Thursday-Saturday beginning Oct. 12), plus Oct. 22 and Oct. 26-31, through Nov. 4. Macabre Cinema open 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday (Thursday-Saturday beginning Oct. 12) plus Oct. 22 and Oct. 26-31. 1300 W. 12th., and, 816-842-4280. $27.

Mount Washington Manor Haunted House

Family-friendly experience in 95-year-old Masonic temple. 7-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. 9515 E. Independence Ave., Independence. Phone. $5-$10.

Oct. 5-31

3rd Street Asylum

Haunted house in abandoned high school. Hours vary, Oct. 5-7, Oct. 12-14, 19-22, 26-29 and 31. 200 E. Third, Bonner Springs. $25.

Oct. 6-28

Haunted Ghost Tours

Tour of 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home and covered wagon ride around the Independence Square to learn more grisly history. 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Oct. 6-7, 14, 20 and 27-28. 217 N. Main., 816-252-7454. $15-$20.

Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27

Paranormal Nights

Kansas City Paranormal. 8 p.m. Dillingham Home & Museum, 101 SW 15th, Blue Springs. $50.

Oct. 13

Historical Hauntings

Special ghost tour with chance to meet spirits. 7, 8 and 9 p.m. 1859 Jail and Marshal’s Home, 217 N. Main., 816-252-7454. $25.

Oct. 20-21 and 27-28

Ghost Tours

Tours leave every 15 minutes. 6:30 p.m. Wornall House, 6115 Wornall., 816-444-1858. $15.

Oct. 20-21 and 27-28

Paranormal Investigations

10 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. Wornall House, 6115 Wornall., 816-444-1858. $50.

Oct. 21 and 28

Fort Leavenworth Haunted Tours

7 p.m. Old U.S. Disciplinary Barracks 1301 N. Warehouse, Fort Leavenworth. $15.

Oct. 28

Cemetery Crawl

9 a.m.-4 p.m. National Frontier Trails Museum, 318 W. Pacific, Independence., 816-325-7575. $25.

Forests and fun

Oct. 6-29

Exiled KC

Hike more than a mile through dark, creepy forest. 7:30 p.m.-midnight Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 26-29. ZipKC, 12829 Loring, Bonner Springs., 913-276-0018. $25.

Oct. 7

Whimsical Woods

Costumed storybook characters, live animals and more. 1-4 p.m. Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7, Olathe., 913-764-7759. $5-$7.

Oct. 14

Magic Woods

4-9 p.m. Lakeside Nature Center, Swope Park, 4701 E. Gregory., 816-513-8960. $5; $25 per family.

Oct. 20-21 and 27-28

Enchanted Forest

7-9 p.m. George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck, Independence., 816-325-7115. $3.

Oct. 20-21

Glow Jack-O’-Lantern Festival

Hundreds of carved pumpkins along a one-mile trail. 4-10 p.m. Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. U.S. 50, Kingsville., 816-697-2600. $5-$12.

Oct. 20-22

Fairy Tale Forest

Trail lighted by more than 100 jack-o’-lanterns and populated by fun characters. 5:30-8 p.m. Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, 407 N. Lafrenz, Liberty., 816-781-8598. $25 for family until Oct. 19; $8 at gate.

Oct. 26

Enchanted Forest

Puppets, musicians and singers along trail around Rose’s Pond. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th Street Parkway and Lackman Road, Lenexa., 913-477-7500. Free.

Pumpkins and corn mazes

Through Oct. 28

Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Also, petting zoo, playground, train ride and zipline. 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 20156 S. Missouri 291, Pleasant Hill., 816-944-3650. $4-$11.

Through Oct. 29

Liberty Corn Maze

Maze design is “Farm to Table.” 5-10 p.m. Friday (10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 20), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 15). 17607 N.E. 52nd, Liberty., 816-820-5388. $8-$10.

Through Oct. 31

Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch

Train and wagon rides, pig races, petting farm and live entertainment. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 17607 N.E. 52nd, Liberty. $8.95-$20.

Faulkner’s Pumpkin Ranch

Pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides, zipline, petting farm and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Faulkner’s Ranch, 10600 Raytown Road., 816-761-5055. $5-$9.

Johnson Farms

Pumpkins, hayrides, play areas and farm animals. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 17701 Holmes, Belton., 816-331-1067. $7-$13.

KC Pumpkin Patch

Stage shows, paintball gallery, haunted trailer, concessions and more in addition to pumpkins and gourds. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 13875 S. Gardner, Olathe. $5-$9.95.

Louisburg Cider Mill Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 14730 Kansas 68, Louisburg., 913-837-5202. $6-$10.

Pumpkin Hollow

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer, Overland Park. $9-$10.

Oct. 14

Pumpkin Patch for DeLaSalle

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Brookside Park, 5600 Brookside. Free.

Oct. 20-21 and 27-28

Haunted Maze

7-10 p.m. Sylvia Bailey Farm Park, 1800 SE Ranson, Lee’s Summit., 816-969-1500. $5.

Oct. 21

Pumpkins on Parade

Hundreds of pumpkins carved by students, artists, community groups and others will line the trails through woods. 4:30-9 p.m. Cave Springs Park, 8701 Gregory., 816-659-1945. Free.

Festivals, parades and special events

Oct. 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22

Hoots and Howls

Pumpkin smashings through day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive. 816-513-5800. Included in admission, $11.50-$14.50.

Oct. 7

Scarecrow Festival

9 a.m.-noon. Shawnee City Hall, 11110 Johnson Drive, Shawnee., 913-631-6545. Free.

Oct. 14


Pooch Parade and Costume Contest. 1-2:30 p.m. Waggin’ Trail Dog Park, N.E. 32nd and Swift, North Kansas City. $5 per dog.

Oct. 20-21 and 27-28

Night of the Living Farm

Scary and non-scary activities alike. 6-9 p.m. Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer, Overland Park. $9-$10.

Oct. 21

Halloween Happening

2-3:30 p.m. Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive., 913-322-5550. Free.

Spooky Springs Halloween Bash

5 p.m. Adam’s Pointe Golf Course, 1601 N.E. R.D. Mize, Blue Springs., 816-228-0137. $8.

Oct. 22

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Live music by Pablo Sanheza’s Latin Quintet and puppetry by StoneLion Puppet Theatre. 1-4 p.m. Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall, 3218 Gladstone., 816-513-0720. Free.

Oct. 28

Historical Hauntings

Hayrides, farmstead tours, trick-or-treating and costume contests. 6-8:30 p.m. Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th. 913-248-2360. Free; $1 suggested donation.

Independence Halloween Parade

10 a.m. Historic Independence Square. Free.

Pumpkin Palooza

Free treats, music, hayrides, bounce house and other activities. 6-8 p.m. Memorial Park, 602 Maurer Parkway, Belton. 816-348-7400. Free.

Nov. 5

Día De Los Muertos

Annual Day of the Dead Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak., 816-751-1278. Free.

More kids’ stuff

Through Oct. 29

Fall Harvest Days

Hayrides, hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Paradise Park, 1021 N.E. Colbern, Lee’s Summit., 816-246-5224. $7.

Oct. 20

Friday Fright Night

6-8 p.m. Oak Grove Park, Gladstone., 816-423-4200. $2 or two canned goods.

Oct. 21-22 and 28-29

Brick or Treat

Legoland Discovery Center, 2475 Grand., 816-471-4386. $15-$19.

Oct. 22

Kansas City Halloween Extravaganza

Superheroes, princesses and other costumed characters will be on hand for face painting, contests, music and more. 2-5 p.m. Union Station, 30 W. Pershing. $9.

Oct. 26

Halloween Boo Bash

Games, contests, candy and other activities. 6-8 p.m. Celebration Park, 32501 W. 159th, Gardner., 913-856-0936. $2-$4.

Oct. 28

Boos, Barks & Badges Halloween Parade

Costume contest followed by parade and trick-or-treating. 9 a.m. City Hall Plaza, Lee’s Summit., 816-246-6598. Free.

Healthy Halloween Spooktacular

Photo booth, creepy crafts, haunted hallway and healthy snacks. 9-11 a.m. Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood, Roeland Park., 913-826-3160. Free.


5-8 p.m. Science City, Union Station. $6-$8.


2-4 p.m. Downtown Overland Park. Free.

Trick-or-Treat on Main Street

10 a.m.-noon. Main Street, between 10th and 12th Streets, Blue Springs. Free.

Trunk or Treat

3-5 p.m. Liberty Hospital, 2525 Glenn Hendren. Free.

Oct. 28-29

Boo-Tastic Fun

Photos with Wicked Queen, StoneLion Puppet Theatre and other entertainment. Noon-4 p.m. Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium., 816-274-8444. Free.

Oct. 29-30

Boo at the Zoo

Children can trick-or-treat while enjoying Halloween-themed activities and entertainment. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive., 816-513-5800. Included in admission, $11.50-$14.50.

Oct. 31

Brookside Trick or Treat Street

4-6 p.m. Brookside Shopping District, 63rd and Wornall., 816-523-5553. Free.

Northland Halloween

5-9 p.m. Zona Rosa, 8721 N. Stoddard., 816-587-8180. Free.

Spooktacular Strings

Children’s event with symphony performance and instrument petting zoo. 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway., 816-471-0400. $5.

Trick or Treat

5:30-8 p.m. Alcott Arts Center, 180 S. 18th, Kansas City, Kan., 913-233-2787. Free.

Sporty stuff

Oct. 13

Halloween Glow Golf

Happy hour and nine holes of golf. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Heart of America Golf Academy, 7501 Blue River Road. $70-$80.

Oct. 28

The Running Dead 5K

Free zombie makeup. 11 a.m. Kansas City Renaissance Festival, Bonner Springs., 913-721-2110. $30-$40.

Monster Dash 5K

Plus Lil Monsters Fun Run ($12-$15). 7 p.m. City Market, 20 E. Fifth., 816-569-4508. $32-$40.

Spooky Skate

Costume contest, games, trunk and treat and photo booth. 2-4 p.m. Line Creek Community Center, 5940 NW Waukomis. 816-513-0760. $6 (free if you wear costume).

Other entertainment

Through Oct. 29

Halloween Haunt

Seven roller coasters, eight mazes, six skeleton-key rooms, scare zones, all-new acrobat show and more. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday. Worlds of Fun, 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave., 816-454-4545. $37-$59.

Oct. 7-8 and 21

Pumpkin Express

Belton, Grandview and Kansas City Railroad 5-mile roundtrip. 3:30 p.m. Belton Depot, 502 E. Walnut, Belton., 816-331-0630. $10.

Oct. 12

Freakers Ball

Marilyn Manson with Alice Glass and Hyborian. 8 p.m. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland, 1228 Main., 816-283-9900. $43.

Oct. 13-22

“The Rocky Horror Show”

Nick Padgett’s production of Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show.” 8 p.m. Prohibition Hall, 1118 McGee. $25.

Oct. 13

Goodwill Haunting

Creative black tie costume party in support of Goodwill.

7 p.m. The Brass on Baltimore, 1228 Baltimore Ave. $125.

Oct. 14

Boo Ball

St. Luke’s Foundation benefit. 6:30 p.m. Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 N.W. Murray, Lee’s Summit., 816-932-1664. $100.

Oct. 14 and 17

“Haunting Classical Music”

Kansas City Chorale. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Karbank 1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 11 E. 40th. $10-$30.

Oct. 17-Nov. 10

“Click Clack Boo: A Tricky Treat”

Theatre for Young America. 10 a.m. Oct. 17, 10:15 a.m. Oct. 18, 10 a.m. Oct. 19, 10:15 a.m. and noon Oct. 20, 2 p.m. Oct. 21, 10 a.m. Oct. 24, 10 a.m. and noon Oct. 25, 10 a.m. Oct. 26, 10 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Oct. 28, 10 and 11:45 a.m. Oct. 30, 10 a.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 10 and 11:45 a.m. Nov. 3, 2 p.m. Nov. 4, 10 a.m. Nov. 7, 10:15 a.m. Nov. 8-9, 10 and 11:45 a.m. Nov. 10; closes Nov. 10. H&R Block City Stage Theater, Union Station, 30 W. Pershing. or, 816-460-2020 or 816-460-2083. $11.

Oct. 18-Nov. 4

“Chainsaw The Musical”

Kokopelli Theatre Company. 8 p.m. Oct. 18-21 and 25-28, 6 p.m. Oct. 29, 7 and 10 p.m. Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Nov. 2-4; closes Nov. 4. Arts Asylum, 1000 E. Ninth. $25.

Oct. 21

“Victorian Funeral Customs”

5-8 p.m. Vaile Victorian Mansion, 1500 N. Liberty, Independence., 816-325-7430. $15.

Oct. 27

Halloween Party

7 p.m. Belvoir Winery, 1325 Odd Fellows, Liberty. 816-200-1811. $80.

Oct. 28

Burlesque Downtown Underground

Halloween performance for adults. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Opera House KC, 500 Walnut. $15-$25.

Oct. 29

Overland Park Orchestra Halloween Concert

3 p.m. Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty, Overland Park. 913-268-7376. Free.

Oct. 31

Screenland at the Symphony: “Nosferatu”

With organist Dorothy Papadakos. 7 p.m. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway., 816-471-0400. $25-$45.

Photography: Christopher Smith

Creative Direction and design: Nick Padgett, Padgett Productions

Wardrobe: Francie Kapono-Kuzila

Makeup: Jacki Butler and Francie Kapono-Kuzila

Models: Pamela Todd and Nick Padgett