Halloween Happenings Around Kansas City

Posted October 17, 2013 9:48am by Kate

I’ve got to be honest. Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday. But I’m proud of myself for already having costumes done (er, well, ordered) this year. Usually, I’m a last-minute costume scrambler for the kids, waiting until they’ve changed their minds for the 100th time. But, this year? Done. So, now I’ve got time to think about fun Halloween-related things to do with the kids around Kansas City between now and the 31st.

Here’s what’s on my list to consider:

Friday, October 18, 2013

  • Night of the Living Farm at Deanna Rose Farmstead (Overland Park) – October 18-19 and October 25-26 – hayrides, storytellers, tons of great activities. Wear your costumes!
  • Join Lee’s Summit Parks & Recreation for a Spooktacular Night of Fun at Legacy Park Community Center from 5-10pm. The center will be FREE to the public so everyone can enjoy the facility. Activities begin at 6pm and will include: Mini Fitness Classes; Open Gym; and Fitness Expo & Fitness Challenges. The Indoor Aquatics area will be open from 5-9:30pm. Plus there will be games & crafts for kids in the community rooms and at 6:30pm there will be a Costume Contest with prizes for most original, funniest, scariest and overall. Patrons can enjoy free popcorn as long as supplies last. See you at Legacy Park Community Center located 901 NE Bluestem Drive in Legacy Park between Colbern and Langsford Roads. Call 816-969-1550 or visit www.lsparks.net for more information.
  • Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun (KCMO) – Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm to closing; also open Sunday, October 27 from 8pm to closing. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City Brick-or-Treat – Every Saturday & Sunday in October. Little ghosts and mummies can experience themed décor, spooky entertainment, costume contests, giant builds, scavenger hunts and much more, all included in the price of admission! Jump inside the World’s Spookiest Box of LEGO Bricks! $19 for adults ages 13 and older, $15 for kids ages 3-12, toddlers 2 and under are free. It is recommended to purchase tickets online in advance for a discount and priority entry into the attraction.
  • Night of the Living Farm at Deanna Rose Farmstead (Overland Park) – October 18-19 and October 25-26 – hayrides, storytellers, tons of great activities. Wear your costumes!
  • Boo at the Zoo! Kansas City Zoo (KCMO) The Zoo will be decorated in spooky (not scary, for the little ones) decorations and will be full of entertainment and activities including pedal tractor rides, painting a monster mural, and exploring the boneyard graveyard. Shake your ghoul thing at the Monster Mash Bash. Little ones can trick-or-treat at stations located throughout the Zoo. Boo at the Zoo will be on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday October 20 from 9:30 am-5 pm.
  • Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun (KCMO) – Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm to closing; also open Sunday, October 27 from 8pm to closing. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City Brick-or-Treat – Every Saturday & Sunday in October. Little ghosts and mummies can experience themed décor, spooky entertainment, costume contests, giant builds, scavenger hunts and much more, all included in the price of admission! Jump inside the World’s Spookiest Box of LEGO Bricks! $19 for adults ages 13 and older, $15 for kids ages 3-12, toddlers 2 and under are free. It is recommended to purchase tickets online in advance for a discount and priority entry into the attraction.
  • Boo at the Zoo! Kansas City Zoo (KCMO) The Zoo will be decorated in spooky (not scary, for the little ones) decorations and will be full of entertainment and activities including pedal tractor rides, painting a monster mural, and exploring the boneyard graveyard. Shake your ghoul thing at the Monster Mash Bash. Little ones can trick-or-treat at stations located throughout the Zoo. Boo at the Zoo will be on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday October 20 from 9:30 am-5 pm.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

  • Lenexa Enchanted Forest at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, 87th & Lackman, Lenexa, KS. Lenexa’s Enchanted Forest has something to delight even the smallest Halloween revelers. For one night only, the newly renovated Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park will be transformed into the “Enchanted Forest.” Visitors will enjoy free activities including performances by marionette puppets, magicians and singers along the trail around Rose’s Pond and fun photos in the photo booth. Stroll the seasonal displays, visit friendly characters and enjoy performances at your leisure. 6:30-8:30 p.m. FREE!
  • Halloween Happening! 6:30pm-7:45pm at Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS. Activities include: Costume contest, games, candy hunt, craft and a Halloween photo booth. Light refreshments will be served. This is a FREE event! For more information call 913-322-5550.

Friday, October 25, 2013

  • Night of the Living Farm at Deanna Rose Farmstead (Overland Park) – October 18-19 and October 25-26 – hayrides, storytellers, tons of great activities. Wear your costumes!
  • Pint Size Pumpkin Party, 10am-12pm at Harris Park Community Center, 110 SW Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit, MO. From 10:00-11:00 am there will be craft time offered for decorating pumpkins! From 11:00-12:00 pm there will be exciting games to play like “Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin” and “Ghost Bowling”. Snacks will also be offered to satisfy that sweet tooth! Kids 1 and up are welcome to come and have a sweet time! The fee is $6 per person (including guardians), pre-registration is required. Call 816-969-1500 or register online at www.lsparks.net.
  • Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun (KCMO) – Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm to closing; also open Sunday, October 27 from 8pm to closing. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

  • Horizon Academy’s first annual Great Pumpkin Race at 9:00 AM. The race is in celebration of Learning Disabilities Awareness month as well as the school’s 15th anniversary. All are welcome to join! There will be face painting, pumpkin decorating and a costume contest following the race event. There is also a Fun Run for children under the age of 13. The race will start and end at Horizon Academy (4901 Reinhardt Drive, Roeland Park, KS) Proceeds from the event will go toward the Horizon Academy Scholarship Fund.
  • 9th Annual Harvest Festival and Chili Cook-Off – Paola, KS, 9am-3pm. Join us on the square in Paola for a good old-fashioned festival. Kids activities including a costume contest, live music, arts & crafts and a chili cook-off are just a few of the highlights. FREE.
  • FREE Kids Club Halloween Bash! 1-4pm @ Whole Foods Market on 91st & Metcalf. Join us as we present a kid-friendly event with samples, self-guided scavenger hunt, and FREE goodie bag, and live music by Dino O’Dell.  Kids are welcome to wear costumes.  Stop on by anytime during the event to be part of the fun!  (Kids Club is designed for children ages 3-12yrs old.) 7401 W. 91st Street, Overland Park KS 66212. Note: There is also a FREE Kids Club Halloween event earlier in the day at the 119th Street Location.
  • Downtown Overland Park Trick-or-Treat Event, 2pm to 4pm at participating businesses
  • Englewood Hy-Vee FREE Kid’s Halloween Extravaganza from 11-2 p.m. Face painter and activities and giveaways throughout the store.
  • The Teeny Tiny Woman & Other Halloween Tales at the Puppetry Arts Institute (Independence, MO). Admission also includes a tour of our puppet museum! Finger puppets of show characters are for sale at the front desk. Shows at 11:00 am & 2:00 pm. All ages $5.00 per person
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City Brick-or-Treat – Every Saturday & Sunday in October. Little ghosts and mummies can experience themed décor, spooky entertainment, costume contests, giant builds, scavenger hunts and much more, all included in the price of admission! Jump inside the World’s Spookiest Box of LEGO Bricks! $19 for adults ages 13 and older, $15 for kids ages 3-12, toddlers 2 and under are free. It is recommended to purchase tickets online in advance for a discount and priority entry into the attraction.
  • Starbucks Pumpkin Painting Party at Highland Plaza Shopping Center, 119th Street at Hwy. 69, Overland Park, 11AM-2PM. Bring your children and paint pumpkins!  All supplies, including pumpkins, are provided.  Children receive a free kid’s size hot chocolate. Come and join the fun!
  • Price Choppers Fall Kids’ Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the kids to play in bounce houses, get their faces painted, see balloon artists, and enjoy hot dogs, cotton candy and more.
    • 1100 South 7 Highway, Blue Springs, MO 64015
    • 1305 North 7 Highway, Blue Springs, MO 64105
    • 937 NE Woods Chapel Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064
    • 251 SW Greenwich, Lee’s Summit, MO 64082
    • 22210 West 66th Street, Shawnee Mission, KS 66226
    • 2101 N. State Route, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080
  • Independence Center’s Simon Kidgits Club® Halloween event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Creepy, cool crafts; engaging games & photo opportunities and trick-or-treat take-homes.  The Simon Kidgits Club Mall-O-Ween event is free for members. Families can sign up for the Kidgits Club online at www.simon.com/kidgits or at Guest Services during regular mall hours for a membership fee of $5.  For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit http://www.simon.com/kidgits/.
    Trick or Treat OFF the Street – 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dress in costume and begin your fall harvest fun at Mahaffie Farm (Olathe, KS)! Activities may include horse drawn hay wagon rides, 1860s hands on harvest activities, games and candy stations. Admission is $3/perosn ages 3 & up and includes all activities! (please remember to park in the parking lot near the Mahaffie house for this event).
  • Night of the Living Farm at Deanna Rose Farmstead (Overland Park) – October 18-19 and October 25-26 – hayrides, storytellers, tons of great activities. Wear your costumes!
  • Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun (KCMO) – Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm to closing; also open Sunday, October 27 from 8pm to closing. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City Brick-or-Treat – Every Saturday & Sunday in October. Little ghosts and mummies can experience themed décor, spooky entertainment, costume contests, giant builds, scavenger hunts and much more, all included in the price of admission! Jump inside the World’s Spookiest Box of LEGO Bricks! $19 for adults ages 13 and older, $15 for kids ages 3-12, toddlers 2 and under are free. It is recommended to purchase tickets online in advance for a discount and priority entry into the attraction.
  • Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun (KCMO) – Friday and Saturday nights from 8pm to closing; also open Sunday, October 27 from 8pm to closing. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • Price Chopper Kids Club hosts its Halloween Party from 3 – 7 p.m. at all 49 Price Chopper locations. During the Halloween Party, kids 12 and under are invited to decorate cookies, enjoy free treats and enter a coloring contest to win great prizes.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

  • Arrival of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree in Crown Center Square. The first sign of the holiday season arrives at Crown Center, the culmination of a journey from Oregon. The 100-foot-tall tree arrives at 9 a.m. on October 31 and is put into its stand at approximately 10 a.m. on Friday, November 1.
  • Trick or Treat Street in Brookside (KCMO), 4pm to 6pm. Brookside will be alive with ghosts and goblins, pirates and princesses. Experience a safe, worry-free event as children enjoy treats from the Brookside merchants. This year trick-or-treaters will be joined by some special guests: Kasey the Kangaroo, University of Missouri – Kansas City mascot Calvin the Canine, The Missouri Comets mascot Blue, Sporting Kansas City mascot McGruff the Crime Dog Commerce Bank Panda
  • Briarcliff Village Trick or Treat – 4pm to 6pm. Safe environment for children under 12 to enjoy Halloween festivitiet. Local merchants, residents, and community groups volunteer to pass out candy and other goodies so kids can put on their costumes and trick-or-treat! This event is FREE! Register at the Briarcliff Village table for your chance to win costume prizes, then trick-or-treat your way store-to-store throughout the entire center, and finish the evening off with crafts at GreenAcres Market!
  • Independence Center mall-wide Trick-or-Treating, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Safe Trick or Treat at Zona Rosa. Sponsored this year by Zona Rosa Community Foundation and the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund the free event will be located at Zona Rosa in “The Grove” which is located below Marshalls Home Goods. There will be a haunted house, games, candy, and more! From 5:00pm to 9:00pm on Thursday, October 31st, 2013. For more information call Zona Rosa Information 816.587.8180, visit http://northlandhalloween.org or http://facebook.com/NorthlandHalloween
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