Haunted & Not-So-Haunted Halloween Festivities in St. Louis
In celebration of all the things that October brings such as Halloween, pumpkins and fall leaves, here are several ways to enjoy the season in St. Louis. It’s that time of the year for carving pumpkins, haunted hayrides, s’mores at bonfires, trick or treating, costume parties and pumpkin picking at the pumpkin patch. The following are some spooky and not-so-spooky events for your delight.
Booterflies Halloween Party & October Owls and Orchids – During October the Butterfly house expands its number of Owl Butterflies to over 1,000- don’t miss thousands of eyespots at the Conservatory. On October 24, at the annual Booterflies Halloween party, kids can explore the hand painted treat houses, play games and create crafts.
Peanuts The Great Pumpkin Patch Express– All aboard for the train ride, pumpkin patch and Peanuts characters at historic Union Station. All events will be themed after the “It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” movie. Weekends starting Oct. 10-Nov. 1, dates vary.
Ottertoberfest & Boo at the Zoo nights – Learn all you wanted to know about North American river otters at Ottertoberfest (Oct. 3- 4, 10-11) featuring live music, kid’s activities, biergartens and more. Costumes are encouraged as Boo at the Zoo (Oct. 16-30) invites families out to the Saint Louis Zoo for not-so-scary fun after dark.
Halloween at Grant’s Farm – Halloween activities at Grant’s Farm are family friendly including themed shows, music, and moonlit tram rides through Deer Park. Dates vary, Weekends starting Oct. 9-30.
First Annual Purnia Farms Trunk or Treat
Put on your costumes and go trunk to trunk for candy or dog treats. There will also be face-painting, fun games, keepsake photos and adoptable dogs at the Purina Visitor Center RV Lot. All dogs must be well-behaved, up-to-date on vaccinations and on leash (no retractable leashes allowed). $5 per family to participate. (Oct. 31)
Not-so-haunted House at the Magic House – The Not-so-Haunted house is a special event for two weekends (Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1). Children are welcome to dress in costumes, visit with storybook characters and more. The Happy, Healthy Halloween celebration takes place Friday Oct. 30
Frightfest at Six Flags St. Louis – Adults and kids can get a kick out of 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.
Gateway Arch Riverboat Halloween Costume Party Cruise Hop on the Gateway Arch Riverboat for a Halloween Costume Party Cruise! Take in the beautiful St. Louis skyline at night while showing off your best Halloween costume for their costume contest. Reservations Required. (Oct 31)
And now for the grown-ups…
The Lemp Mansion is known for their haunted tours but if you haven’t you should partake in the following the events: Comedy-Mystery Theatre Dinner: “Dead Like Me” (now- Nov. 14), The Lemp Experience (every Tues. & Thurs. in Oct.) Lemp Mansion Halloween Bash (Oct. 31) and more.
The Darkness, Creepyworld and the Abyss at the Lemp Brewery have all returned to Soulard for Halloween. You’ll have to see for yourself if the claim “St. Louis’ best haunted houses” is true, click here for a preview.
Spirits in the Garden– I hope you’ve got your costume ready for All Hallow’s Eve (Oct. 30) when you explore the mystery of the Missouri Botanical Garden by sampling botanical spirits from local distilleries, a scavenger hunt, dancing and more.
Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon Halloween Bash at Ballpark Village – On Oct. 31, it’s going down at Ballpark Village. The celebration includes access to 4 bars & clubs live music, a costume contest and more.