Your Spooky Guide to St. Louis
Take a look at what’s in store for haunted St. Louis this October. Get the little monsters all dressed up in their costumes and take them to an attraction near you or see your worst nightmares come true at a haunted house. Many places are celebrating everyone’s favorite scary holiday – Halloween. October means all things frightening, pumpkin picking, bonfires and hayrides for the family and St. Louis has it all.
The Fabulous Fox
The Fabulous Fox Theatre welcomes the return of Ghost Tours on select Mondays in October (Oct. 16, 23 and 30). There’s 88 years of history from paranormal activity to ghost sightings. Hear their stories about what happens after the shows are over and the lights go out.
Kick off Halloween weekend at Anheuser-Busch’s biergarten. The brewery’s second annual Boos & Brews brings together beer, costumes, and live music—all for a good cause. The event will benefit Operation Food Search. “With your help, we can stock the shelves of Operation Food Search for the winter season,” the brewery writes. A ticket also includes a giveaway item, light appetizers, and one drink ticket. Oct 27 6–10 p.m. $15 or 15 non-perishable food items. 12th & Lynch.
Halloween in the Central West End
Party all day in the Central West End on October 28. Kid-friendly festivities kick off at 11 a.m. with a costume parade, face painting, trick-or-treating, and an appearance from Cinderella. Fido can join in on the fun with the dog costume parade at 1 p.m. Then the adults-only bash begins at 6 p.m., featuring a DJ, fire dancers, hula hoop dancers, and a costume contest (top three finalists will be announced at 10 p.m.) 11 a.m.–midnight. Free. Maryland & Euclid.
The Lemp Mansion
And the Fox isn’t the only one offering ghost tours. Step inside the Lemp Mansion for haunted history tours, ghost hunting and mystery dinner theatre. Visit the mansion and learn more about why it is known for being so haunted. Tours are offered on Monday nights year round, but Halloween is the perfect reason for a visit and the “Haunter Hunter” mystery dinner is ongoing from now until Oct. 27.
When it comes to being creeped out, haunted houses never disappoint us. Creepy World (Sept. 22- Oct. 31) and The Darkness (Sept. 22-Nov. 11) are no exception to that rule. With the Creepy World Scream park featuring 13 major haunted attractions including the new haunted hayride and Quarantine World War Zombie. While The Darkness features a variety of attractions including: haunted houses, escape rooms, zombie laser tag and much more.
For the kiddos, Grant’s Farm celebrates Halloween nights with themed shows, Deer Park rides with Halloween lights and more. The special events are offered weekends in October (Oct. 6-7, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29) from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The Saint Louis Zoo
The Saint Louis Zoo starts the party early with Zootoberfest Saturday and Sunday Sept. 30 –Oct. 1 and Oct. 7 – 8. Zootoberfest offers family-friendly flavors of Oktoberfest with live entertainment, animals and the “biergarten” for those 21 and up. The fun doesn’t stop there. Boo at the Zoo Nights provides another opportunity for kids to celebrate Halloween in a non-scary way every evening beginning Oct. 17-30. Children are encouraged to wear costumes. There’s so much to enjoy including: the herpetarium, children’s zoo, shows, rides, storytelling, 4D Theater, game area, painting pumpkins, photos and more. While this is not a trick-or treating experience, kids under 12 will receive a bag of treats when leaving. The Halloween celebration concludes with Spooky Saturday on Oct. 28 for a day of educational stations, entertainment, crafts, games, character meet and greet and more throughout the zoo for free.
Eckert’s Belleville Country Store and Family Farms
Enjoy a haunted hayride or bonfire at Millstadt Farm by Eckert’s Belleville Country Store and Family Farms (Fridays & Saturdays Sept. 15-16, 22-23, 29-30, Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28). The Pumpkin Jamboree begins weekends in October (Oct. 7-8, Oct. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with wagon rides to the pumpkin patch to search for the perfect pumpkin. Your child will be thoroughly entertained with music, activities, pony rides, funnel cakes and festival foods and a petting farm.
The Butterfly House becomes the Booterfly House, full things that creep and crawl all month long complete with story time featuring Little Miss Muffet and live carnivorous plant feedings from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Bug Ball on Oct. 27 and 28 gives your child a chance to dance, play games, create spook-tacular crafts and view the hand-painted treat houses from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.
Purina Haunted Hayloft
Join in the festivities of the Purina Haunted Hayloft at the Purina Farms Visitor Center select weekends in October (Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29) trick-or-treating, magic shows, face painting, storytelling, canine performances, adoptable dogs, and more.
Saint Louis Science Center
Even the Science Center is getting spooky with its annual Science Spooktacular on Thursday evening, Oct. 26 from 5p.m. to 8 p.m. Celebrate Halloween and science by making slime, seeing a live owl demonstration from the World Bird Sanctuary, Watch pumpkins splatter, telescope viewings, and themed shows in the OMNIMAX® Theater and James S. McDonnell Planetarium.
Six Flags St. Louis
Fright Fest is back once again at Six Flags St. Louis every weekend from now until Halloween (Sept. 29- Oct. 31). During this most frightening time of year, the theme park is wholesome family fun during the day, but beware at night when there is nowhere to hide as haunted houses and scare zones are all throughout the park.
Whether you’re a Potter fan or not, head over to Ballpark Village for Johnnie Brock’s Dungeon The Halloween Party that Shall Not be Named (Oct. 28) beginning at 7 p.m. This themed party includes access to four restaurants and bars, DJ entertainment, wizarding characters, a costume contest, specialty drinks and magical decorations.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s no doubt more seasonal entertainment and events.