KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s officially October, and that can only mean one thing: it’s scary season!
For many, this month’s focus is on Halloween and the spooky festivities that came before it.
If you want to celebrate with haunted fun throughout the month, there is plenty to do in Kansas City. Sure, there are plenty of neighborhood events out there, but here are 10 events and attractions for any Kansas City area resident.
Haunted Houses of West Bottoms
Kansas City’s famous haunted houses, “The Beast” and “The Edge of Hell,” didn’t wait until October to start terrifying guests. They opened in mid-September and will remain open until mid-November.
The Haunted Houses are open on Friday and Saturday nights and will occasionally open Thursday and Sunday evenings as Halloween approaches. You can buy tickets in advance here.
Masks are mandatory inside haunted houses, and all guests are temperature controlled before entering.
We know it’s Halloween, but we’re leaving scary with this one and just planning to have a good time. It’s time to “shake your feather” at Mix 93.3 and Q104’s Boo Bash where rapper Nelly will headlining.
The concert is scheduled for October 22 at the Azura Amphitheater in Bonner Springs. You can buy tickets here.
There are screams on the roller coaster already, but now there are screams of terror in another area of Worlds of Fun. Halloween Haunt returned in mid-September for weekend fun and runs Thursday through Sunday in October.
Join hundreds of zombies and get lost in one of the seven spooky mazes. Walk around the spooky areas and witness a spooky spectacle. And of course, don’t forget to jump on a terrifying ride like the Prowler.
Boo at the zoo
Are you looking for something a little more family-friendly? The Kansas City Zoo offers a “not-so-scary and safe treat experience” and the animals will have fun on Halloween too!
Along with all of these goodies, there will be fall activities, a dance party, a children’s hay maze and more. The zoo says bags of candy are provided.
The event is included with typical admission to the zoo from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 30 and 31. You can Buy your Kansas City Zoo tickets here.
Exiled-Trail of Terrors
This mile-long horror hike takes you through the woods of Bonner Springs, and it’s not for the faint of heart.
This haunted trail is infested with “deranged monsters,” as the organizers say, to provide a lot of terror in the darkness of the forest.
“If you are afraid of getting dirty, sweating or walking in the dark outside, then Exiled is not for you! The Exiled website says.
Exiled is recommended for ages 12 and up, and closed-toe shoes are required as, as we mentioned before, you’ll be walking through the woods where there are rocks, sticks, and more. Exiled provides red LED lights to navigate your way.
The trail is open in October on Fridays and Saturdays at different times, depending on the weekend. Buy your tickets online here.
Big pumpkin party
Like all big Halloween events, Worlds of Fun didn’t wait until October to kick off the Great Pumpkin Fest. It started in September and will run on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of October.
Grab your kids and go hang out with the Peanuts gang, who will be there with games for the whole family, play areas, dance parties – and the Count Snoopytacula costume contest, of course.
Terrifying pop-up bars
Pop-up bars have become very popular in Kansas City over the past few years, especially in the fall and winter when there are plenty of holidays to celebrate.
The Halloween-themed Apparition concept opened two years ago in North Kansas City, and there will once again be a pop-up bar, this time at Vignettes Bar with all things Dracula and vampires.
Apparition is also heading east to 3 Trails Brewing in Independence this fall with its traditional ‘spooky’ concept.
Oh, and did we mention that 3 Trails Brewing is actually located in a former mortuary. That’s right, you can sip a cocktail in the underground bar where they held bodies a century ago.
Appearance also has Halloween-inspired pop-up bar locations in Wichita, Topeka and even Denver This year.
All of these spooky bars are already open and will remain open until Halloween. No reservations are allowed; it’s just first come, first served.
Lenexa’s Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park will be transformed into Enchanted Forest to delight kids across the Kansas City area this Halloween season. It’s a free evening of family fun from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 28.
Puppets, musicians and singers will perform around Rose’s Pond, and families can take a cart ride, decorate a pumpkin, say hello to KC Wolf and Sluggerrr, and capture all the fun at the photo booth.
Organizers say this is primarily an entertainment event, no treats, but there will be sweets available. Halloween costumes are optional.
Two of Kansas City’s most historic buildings are also arguably two of the city’s most haunted sites.
The John Wornall House in the Brookside neighborhood and the Alexander Majors House in the West Waldo neighborhood have both been converted into museums and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In October, the association that operates the two buildings offers three different options, whether you’re looking for something more historical or paranormal. Get tickets here.
On October 22, there is a ghost tour for all ages at the Alexander Majors House; on October 29, there is a 21+ ghost tour to the same historic house that includes a spooky cocktail party. Both dates include a special performance, ghost stories, and a one-hour tour. The organizers stress that this is not a haunted house and that there will be no “fear to jump”.
Additionally, on October 22-29-31, at Alexander Majors House, you can join paranormal investigators for a two-hour small-group investigation. See how they use technology and intuition to try to contact spirits.
Halloween on the lawn
Head to the Legends outlets at KCK for a free movie, face painting, magic show, and palm and tarot card readings just for the fun of it. Don’t forget your costumes for this family event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 30.
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