How to Have a Haunted Good Time This Fall in St. Louis
In celebration of all things October, including Halloween, pumpkins and fall leaves, the following are several attractions to enjoy this season in St. Louis. What’s not to love about this time of the year? It’s the season for carving pumpkins, haunted hayrides in one of our local parks, heating up s’mores at a bonfire, trick or treating, costume parties and pumpkin picking at the pumpkin patch. We encourage you to go out and explore these spooky and not-so-spooky attractions that are sure give you and your family the creeps.
In October, The Sofia M. Sachs Butterfly House transforms into the Booterfly House all month long featuring the Scorpions Lair, story time with Little Miss Muffet and Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory. At the annual Booterflies Ball (October 22 & 23), kids can explore the hand painted treat houses, play games and create crafts.
Costumes are encouraged and families are invited out to the Saint Louis Zoo for some not-so-scary fun after dark at Boo at the Zoo (Oct. 18-30).
Your kids will have a great time at the Purina Farms’ Haunted Hayloft where they can revel in trick-or treating, magic shows, face-painting and canine performances on Oct. 21-23 and Oct 28-30.
The Saint Louis Science Center and James S. McDonnell Planetarium will host their annual free Halloween celebration, the Science Spooktacular on October 27. Take your kids to participate in the haunted festivities such as, spooky exhibits, Halloween-themed experiments, crafts and more.
You’ve got to check out The Lemp Mansion, voted in the Top 10 for Best Haunted Hotels in a USA Today Poll in 2015. Now is the perfect time for a visit to The Lemp Mansion, known for their haunted tours and if you haven’t yet, you should partake in the following the events. The Lemp Mansion offers: ghost hunting every Thursday in October, Comedy-Mystery Dinner every weekend and a Halloween Bash on October 29 featuring appetizer buffets, a four-hour open bar, three live bands, and a costume contest with cash prizes. Zombie costumes are encouraged for “ZombieLove,” the current murder mystery dinner theatre show playing now until Oct. 28 at the Lemp Mansion.
The Darkness is open year-round but why not visit during Halloween season. One of the latest haunted attractions is St. Louis Escape, located right next door to The Darkness, it encompasses haunting features as you solve the puzzles of escape rooms. Other scary festivities you may be interested in include: Creepyworld, Silo X Haunted House and Zombie Laser Tag, The Abyss at Lemp Brewery.
Everyone loves Fright Fest at Six Flags. “It’s thrills by day and fright by night,” when Six Flags transforms into a haunted attraction after dark every weekend throughout October.
You can dance the night away on the Halloween Cruise featuring a live DJ, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar as this costume party sails along the Mississippi on October 29 from 8-11 p.m. Reservations are required and guests must be 21 or older to attend.
Celebrate All Hallow’s Eve with samples from all of your favorite St. Louis area breweries, live music, great food, wild costumes, a Hefe Ride (think hay-ride with kegs on it in Lafayette Park on Oct. 29 from 1-5 p.m. This is a 21 and up event. Breweries Include: 4 Hands, Alpha, Anheuser-Busch, Missouri Brewing Co., O’Fallon, Schlafly, Square One, Standard, Urban Chestnut and tons more.
Halloween activities at Grant’s Farm are family friendly including themed shows, music, and bring out your flashlights to search for animals as you ride through Deer Park. Dates vary, Weekends starting Oct. 7-30.
Enjoy a haunted history tour of The Fabulous Fox Theatre as you go behind the scenes to explore paranormal activity and an evening of spine-tingling tales. (Oct. 10-24)
Get your costume ready for Oct. 28, when you learn about the mysteries of the Missouri Botanical Garden while sampling botanical spirits from local distilleries, a scavenger hunt, dancing and more.
Set in the vibrant and cosmopolitan Central West End, the annual Halloween in the CWE on Oct. 29 is THE can’t-miss celebration of the season. Festivities kick off with fun daytime activities for the whole family. Then, as the sun sets, the party continues with an adults-only bash and costume contest, known for its elaborate, complex and outrageous costumes.
St. Louis’ wildest, sexiest and scariest Halloween party returns Saturday, Oct. 29 in The Grove. Pub Crawl your way through the official list of participating venues — featuring venues such as Atomic Cowboy, Country Attitudes, HandleBar and more — take a photo with the Monster Bash cut-out, post to Instagram and have a chance to win cash.
On Oct. 29, the party starts at 8 p.m.at Ballpark Village. The all-inclusive celebration includes access to 4 bars & clubs live music, a costume contest, creepy clown DJ, fire breathers, freak performances and more.
The attractions mentioned above are only some of the fun St. Louis has in store for you in October. For more Halloween themed activities check out the calendar of events.