Celebrate Halloween All October Long with These Spooky St. Louis Events

Wednesday September 28, 2022
Photo courtesy of Six Flags St. Louis

By Rachel Huffman

From ghost tours to fear farms, St. Louis has hair-raising Halloween events that will make your blood run cold. The question is: How many horrors can you handle?

Fright Fest

September 23 to October 30

With thrills both on and off the rides, Fright Fest at Six Flags St. Louis is one of the spookiest events of the season. During the day, family-friendly attractions abound, but at night, all the creatures that go bump in the night haunt the park.

Eureka Fear Farm

September 30 to October 29

This time of year, Brookdale Farms gives us the heebie-jeebies. With more than 100 acres of terrifying trails, its on-site Eureka Fear Farm is the largest haunted attraction in the St. Louis area. Lose your soul in Red’s Corn Maze Massacre, or take a trip on Farmer Bob’s Haunted Hayride. Ancient demonic spirits lurk around every corner, so enter at your own risk.

Frights at Heights
Photo courtesy of Go Ape

Frights at Height

October 1 to 31

Looking for an entirely new level of terror? This October, Go Ape, a treetop adventure course in Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park, will offer a one-hour, gravity-defying, blood-curdling experience filled with zombies, ghosts and ghouls. This activity is not for the faint of heart, as thrill-seekers will tackle wobbly obstacles and epic ziplines, never knowing what’s hiding in the dark corners of the adventure park.

Here Come The Mummies

October 6

Mayhem-inducing mavens of mirth, Here Come The Mummies will bring their signature brand of “terrifying funk from beyond the grave” to Delmar Hall. Some say the mummies are reincarnated Grammy Award-winning studio musicians, while others say their internal organs are still entombed in clay pots in Egypt. Regardless, Here Come The Mummies’ mysterious personas, cunning soft-craft and unrelenting live shows will bend your brain and melt your face.

Here Come The Mummies at Delmar Hall
Photo courtesy of Here Come The Mummies

Misfit Halloween

October 7 to 30

The City Museum is celebrating Halloween all month long. The all-ages scary celebration includes murder mystery dinners, an evening screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and kooky, spooky Halloween shows from The Donniker Brothers Worlds of Mirth. There will also be a craft makers market for the wonderfully weird, with artisan goods, beer and wine tastings and spectacular live performances. Have you ever wondered whoo inspired the first ghost story? You can also join naturalists for a program about the creatures of myths and legends.

Boo at the Zoo

October 14 to 30

Boo at the Zoo is a not-so-scary Halloween celebration for the whole family. Come for the spellbinding decorations and stay for the fall-inspired food. Returning decorations include Skeleton Soirée, Monster Mash and Pirate Pointe, while new decorations, such as Haunted Harvest, Coachman’s Junction and a giant cauldron photo opportunity in the Fragile Forest, will add excitement to the experience. Entertainers will be strolling around the Saint Louis Zoo, and you can visit the animals at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, the Herpetarium and the Insectarium.

Boo at the Zoo
Photo courtesy of the Saint Louis Zoo

Wicked Wings and Wine

October 14

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House will celebrate the spirit of Halloween with its Wicked Wings and Wine happy hour. As twilight approaches, sample local beers and wines while you learn about owl butterflies, which watch over the night with the huge eyespots on their wings. Take a stroll through the torch-lit garden to a soundtrack of hair-raising songs, but be prepared – you might encounter other unearthly creatures on your path. All October long, the Butterfly House will also have family-friendly insect fun. Face frightful friends in the Creepy Crawly Cave, watch out for botanicals gone mad in the tropical conservatory and spy on spectacular spiders with the Muffet family.

Frights and Heights

October 15

Frights and Heights – what a fitting name for the Halloween celebration at the tallest monument in the U.S. On Oct. 15, the Gateway Arch will get a freaky facelift. Bring the whole family and get a hauntingly good makeover, make your own creepy crafts and take a tram ride featuring spooky sights and sounds. There will also be Halloween-inspired fudge flavors to nibble, and a spine-tingling dance party will take over the Arch mezzanine.

Trick-or-Track at the National Museum of Transportation
Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Transportation

Trick-or-Track

October 22

Pumpkins and pirates and princesses, oh my! Let your kids get creative with their costumes before tracking around for treats at the National Museum of Transportation. The event includes miniature train rides through the dark and Serengeti Steve and the Reptile Experience. Fun fact: Serengeti Steve, a reptile handler, was on season 7 of America’s Got Talent, and he holds the Guinness World Record for holding a venomous live scorpion in his mouth for 17 minutes and 17 seconds.

Adult Play Date: Haunted Happy Hour

October 27

The Magic House will host a haunted happy hour this October. Enjoy fall-inspired drinks and appetizers, brave a haunted mansion tour and squeal through a scary movie screening. You must be 21 or older to attend. Starting Oct. 4, The Magic House will have Halloween activities for the whole family, as well, including Trick-or-Treat Town, a Not-So-Haunted House and all your favorite exhibits – many with a Halloween twist. Children can also go on a spooktacular scavenger hunt through the museum.

The Healthy History-Loving Halloween Party

October 27

The Missouri History Museum will host a movin’ and groovin’ Halloween party for the whole family. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes – the scarier, the better – and kids can participate in candy-free trick-or-treating through Halloween-inspired spooktacular stretches amongst the museum exhibits. You can also make creepy, quirky crafts and, if you’re brave enough, you can explore the Haunted History Clubhouse.

Science Spooktacular
Photo courtesy of the Saint Louis Science Center

Pumpkin Glow in Historic St. Charles

October 28 to 30

The annual pumpkin glow in historic St. Charles promises deals, squeals and, of course, plenty of pumpkins. The eerily glowing carved pumpkins will illuminate South Main Street, and Legends & Lanterns characters will offer chilling ghost stories and haunting encounters. You can also take advantage of the extended store hours to snag locally made gifts and souvenirs.

Science Spooktacular

October 29 and 30

Science gets scary at the Saint Louis Science Center this month. Find your way out of the Raising Frankenstein escape room, play a round at the Graveyard Golf putt-putt challenge and marvel at the Creepy Chemistry and Science Goes Splat demonstrations. There will also be magic shows, pumpkin-related activities and a costume parade for all to enjoy.

Are you a scaredy cat? That’s OK. There are plenty of other events and activities for fall fun in St. Louis.

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