Like every correct zombie, Halloween returns this yr — even when it’s staggering a bit.
The pandemic altered conventional Halloween festivities in 2020 and canceled others that attracted massive crowds, together with parades in Alton and Edwardsville. This yr, these parades are set to return.
“This yr, we’re undoubtedly excited to be again and relive this beloved custom,” says Katie Haas, membership director for the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the parade. “Once I acquired right here, it was described to me because the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade of Edwardsville. Now, after collaborating for 3 or 4 years, it undoubtedly feels that approach.”
Fright Fest at Six Flags St. Louis additionally returns in full drive after the theme park pivoted final yr with a scaled-back Hallowfest celebration. Amongst different sights, the park has added a Creatures of the Corn Maze and introduced again screenings of “The Rocky Horror Image Present,” accompanied by stay actors.
“That is by far the most well-liked occasion we do on the park, and we all know that our visitors are as anxious as we’re to get their scream on,” mentioned park president Phil Liggett in a press release.
St. Louis County Parks and Recreation brings again its common grownup egg hunt in Jefferson Barracks Park, often held within the spring. However this time, it is a Halloween egg hunt, full with costume contest and an opportunity to hunt for eggs by flashlight.
On the Magic Home in Kirkwood, Halloween celebrations run all month, with out of doors actions similar to a tricycle journey by a not-so-spooky Trick-or-Deal with City. Grant’s Farm brings again its wildly common drive-thru Halloween occasion, with the addition of a daytime Fall Fest. And the Phantasmagoria theater group once more will stage performances aboard the Riverboats on the Gateway Arch.
Organizers are sticking with pandemic protocols, so keep secure, use your braaaaains — and maintain the zombies at bay.
When Via Nov. 6; hours differ • The place Creepyworld, 1400 South Outdated Freeway 141, Fenton • How a lot $30; packages and upgrades obtainable • Extra information scarefest.fearticket.com
This “screampark” options 13 themed areas and a haunted hayride, and it is practically all open air. Creepyworld provides 4 new haunted sights this yr, together with the “Tales of Terror Video Mapping Present,” the Slaughter and Sons Funeral Dwelling, the Pumpkin Barn and a Krampus Haunted Home. Creepyworld additionally incorporates a haunted hayride, five-minute escape rooms, a present store and picture ops.
Eureka Worry Farm
When 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays-Saturdays, by October • The place Brookdale Farms, 8004 Twin Rivers Highway, Eureka • How a lot $25, money solely; no reservations required • Extra information brookdalefarmsinc.com
Take a journey on Farmer Bob’s Haunted Hayride, and get misplaced inside Crimson’s Corn Maze Bloodbath — there’s greater than 100 acres of terror to discover. A corn maze and different family-friendly fall actions can be found in the course of the day.
When Via Nov. 6; hours differ • The place The Darkness, 1525 South Eighth Road • How a lot $28; packages and upgrades obtainable • Extra information thedarkness.com
Now in its twenty eighth yr, the Darkness is a two-story haunted home that features Terror Visions 3D, an Outside Scream Zone, a Monster Museum with five-minute escape rooms, a present store, horror arcades, picture ops and extra. Company may go to the St. Louis Escape Rooms subsequent door, which embrace a brand new Frankenstein room, in addition to a black-lit, ’80s-themed Foolish Putter Mini Golf.
Lemp Brewery Haunted Home
When Fridays-Saturdays and Oct. 31, by October • The place 3500 Lemp Avenue • How a lot $25; packages and upgrades obtainable • Extra information lemphauntedhouse.com
The Lemp attraction wasn’t open final yr so its house owners may deal with Creepyworld and the Darkness, however the attraction has been renovated to satisfy all of your worst nightmares. The haunted home is situated on the grounds of the previous Lemp household brewery and takes visitors underground, previous the previous pipes and equipment and thru musty tunnels.
Haunted Paintball Park
When 7-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, by October • The place 3545 Douglas Highway, Millstadt • How a lot $25 • Extra information hauntedpaintballpark.com
The Xtreme Paintball Park in Millstadt will get overrun with zombies, ghouls and different creatures throughout October, and you have to shield your self. Hop on the haunted hayride and stroll alongside the haunted path to proceed your battle. Admission features a rental gun and 200 paintballs.
Spirits of the Previous
When 6-10 p.m. Oct. 16 • The place Historic Daniel Boone Dwelling, 1868 Freeway F, Defiance • How a lot $10-$12 • Extra information 636-798-2005; bit.ly/2021SpiritsOfThePast
Stroll the paths of the Historic Daniel Boone Dwelling and village by lantern-light, hearken to tales of the previous and listen to storyteller Anne Williams inform “The Legend of Sleepy Hole.” The house, the place the frontiersman died in 1820, is the centerpiece of the village. Tour reservations can be found between 6 and 9 p.m.
Haunted Belleville Strolling Tour
When 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20-23 • The place Meet at Labor & Industrial Museum, 123 North Church Road, Belleville • How a lot $20 • Extra information 618-234-0600; hauntedbelleville2021.eventbrite.com
The St. Clair Historic Society appreciates a spooky story. Be a part of the group this yr for a haunted exploration of the historic Hexenbuckel Neighborhood. Excursions run about 90 minutes, and all stops are open air.
When Varied instances • The place Lemp Mansion, 3322 DeMenil Place • How a lot $40 for desk of 4 for trivia; $70 upfront for occasion • Extra information lempmansion.com
Probably the most infamous mansion in St. Louis (three members of the Lemp household died by suicide there) is now a restaurant and inn, and its house owners domesticate tales of the house’s hauntings. The mansion will throw a Halloween bash Oct. 30, a trivia night time Oct. 29, and historical past excursions and comedy-mystery dinners all through October.
Campbell Home Museum
When Twilight Excursions are 6-10 p.m. Oct. 29; Snap Apple Night time is 6 p.m. Oct. 22 • The place 1508 Locust Road • How a lot $15 for Twilight Excursions, reservations required; $10 for Snap Apple Night time • Extra information campbellhousemuseum.org
Study somber traditions with members of the Mourning Society of St. Louis and pattern funeral biscuits as you tour this historic residence after hours. The home will probably be adorned for Robert Campbell’s 1879 funeral, with a casket sitting within the black bunting-draped entrance parlor. On Snap Apple night time, tour the museum and listen to a presentation about Halloween traditions within the museum’s new lecture area.
When 5 p.m. Oct. 16; lectures begin at 6 p.m. • The place 3352 DeMenil Place • How a lot $15-$30 • Extra information demenil.org/mirrors-and-mystics
Tour the historic Chatillion-DeMenil Mansion, however be careful for ghosts. Company may obtain a tarot card studying and find out about Victorian plagues and pestilence from three presenters (a digital ticket is offered). Proof of vaccination and masks are required for the in-person occasion.
An Night within the Cemetery
When 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 8-9 • The place Thornhill at Faust Park, 15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield • How a lot $5, free for youngsters underneath 4 • Extra information 314-615-8328; stlouisco.com
Frederick Bates, Missouri’s second governor, is ready to fulfill guests at Faust Park. Tour his residence and the household cemetery, the place he was buried 196 years in the past. Docents in historic costumes will discuss mourning practices and superstitions.
Halloween Hayrides at Faust Park
When 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 22-23 • The place Faust Historic Village at Faust Park, 15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield • How a lot $10, $5 for walk-through solely, free for ages 3 and underneath; reservations required • Extra information 314-615-8328; stlouiscountymo.gov
Trip by the candlelit historic village at Faust Park, created from buildings introduced right here from throughout St. Louis County, then hearken to storytellers, take pleasure in refreshments and maintain heat on the campfire. You may skip the hayride and simply stroll by the village when you’d like.
Ghost Tales at Jefferson Barracks
When 6:30 and eight p.m. Oct. 23 • The place Jefferson Barracks Park, 345 North Highway West • How a lot $7; advance registration required • Extra information 314-615-8800 or [email protected]
Hearken to costumed storytellers inform spooky tales at historic Jefferson Barracks, residence to various spectral beings. Deliver your personal blanket or chair for seating, and meet on the Jefferson Barracks Customer Middle.
When Varied dates; some excursions can be found year-round • The place Depart from numerous places in Alton • How a lot Costs differ • Extra information altonhauntings.com
Alton is named one of the vital haunted small cities in America, and there’s no lack of books, ghost hunts and stately mansions to try to persuade you. Troy Taylor has written greater than 125 books about ghosts, crime and the unexplained in America, and several other of them are about Alton. He owns American Hauntings, an organization that gives hunts, excursions and excursions throughout the nation, together with in Alton. There are many strolling and bus excursions to select from.
Trolley Excursions, Haunted Craft Beer Walks
When Varied dates, by Oct. 29 • The place Depart from numerous places in Alton • How a lot $45 and up • Extra information altonhauntedtours.com
Hop on a trolley and tour Alton’s most haunted locations, together with the previous Milton College and the McPike Mansion, the place visitors will take part in a darkish room session within the wine cellar. On the Haunted Craft Beer Stroll, visitors will go to 5 haunted places paired with pours of Outdated Bakery Beer Co. brews.
Fox Theatre Ghost Excursions
When Varied dates, by Oct. 31 • The place 527 North Grand Boulevard • How a lot $40, $25 for tarot card readings • Extra information fabulousfox.com
Be a part of members of the St. Louis Paranormal Analysis society as they take you contained in the historic Fox Theatre for a tour of its “scorching spots” and tales of latest investigations there. The theater is greater than 90 years previous and is the setting for a lot of ghost sightings and unexplained occurrences.
Household and grown-up enjoyable
Grownup Egg Hunt
When 8-10 p.m. Oct. 9 • The place Jefferson Barracks Park, 345 North Highway West • How a lot $10; advance registration required • Extra information 314-615-5572; friendsofjeffersonbarracks.com/egg_hunt_store.php
Hop on down a spooky bunny path on 250 acres of Jefferson Barracks Park, and maintain your eyes peeled for greater than 10,000 hidden eggs, which might be redeemed for prizes. Compete or cheer alongside throughout a Halloween costume contest, with prizes for the highest three appears. Meals and drinks will probably be obtainable for buy. Deliver a basket, a flashlight and associates, however provided that you are 18 or older.
When Varied dates • The place 750 North sixteenth Road • How a lot Costs differ • Extra information citymuseum.org
Metropolis Museum is able to occasion. The enjoyable begins with a rooftop screening of “The Rocky Horror Image Present” (7 p.m. Oct. 8), offered by Flustered Mustard. This month’s installment of Metropolis Nights at Metropolis Museum is an grownup recreation night time, and costumes are inspired (7-11 p.m. Oct. 15; 21 and up solely). Costumed youngsters can trick-or-treat a day earlier than Halloween at choose museum slides (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Freakfest: A Night time on the Museum returns on Halloween night time with music on 4 levels (7:30 p.m.-midnight Oct. 31; 18 and up solely). And when that jack-o’-lantern’s smile begins to fade, give it a toss on the annual Pumpkin Chunkin occasion (Nov. 6).
Riverboats on the Gateway Arch
When Varied dates • The place 50 South Leonor Ok. Sullivan Boulevard • How a lot $18-$42 • Extra information 1-877-982-1410; gatewayarch.com/riverboats
Rejoice fall alongside the Mississippi River with a brand new lineup of themed cruises on the Riverboats on the Gateway Arch. Feast on German dishes and drinks on an Oktoberfest Cruise (Oct. 10, Oct. 17), gown up for Halloween with different adults (Oct. 30) and convey the youngsters in costume (Oct. 30, Oct. 31). Phantasmagoria, a Victorian horror troupe, performs numerous dates by Oct. 24.
When Via Oct. 31 • The place 10501 Gravois Highway • How a lot $40 for Halloween on the Farm; $15 for Fall Fest • Extra information grantsfarm.com
Grant’s Farm brings again its common Halloween drive-thru expertise that debuted final yr and shortly offered out. At Halloween on the Farm, your brood stays within the automotive whereas rolling previous spooky scenes. Improve your expertise with a Methods ’n’ Treats or Spooktacular package deal, which embrace drinks, snacks and different treats. Throughout daytime hours Saturdays and Sundays, by Oct. 31, Fall Fest returns with fall-themed meals and drinks, a large corn sandbox, and pumpkin and gourd adorning; keep on the park all day for $15.
When Fridays-Saturdays, by Oct. 30 • The place Eckert’s Enjoyable Farm, 2719 Eckert Orchard Lane, Millstadt • How a lot $11-$16.50, $6 for extra rides • Extra information eckerts.com/millstadt-haunted-hayride-bonfires
After spending the day at Eckert’s, take a haunted hayride by the farm. The family-friendly rides run constantly from sunset till 10 p.m., and admission contains different fall actions similar to a petting farm, an underground slide, a pumpkin cannon and pig races. Bonfire rental websites are additionally obtainable.
Jack-o’-Lantern Path, Trunk or Deal with
When 6-9 p.m. Oct. 29 • The place Faust Historic Village at Faust Park, 15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield • How a lot $5-$8 • Extra information 314-615-8333; stlouiscountymo.gov
Stroll by the sunshine of jack-o’-lanterns by the historic village at Faust Park for treats and a visit again in time. Adorned pumpkins and autos are inspired.
Legends & Lanterns
When 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 9, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 16, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 17, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 23, noon-5 p.m. Oct. 24 • The place Major Road, St. Charles • How a lot Free • Extra information discoverstcharles.com
St. Charles turns into a ghost city when villains, witches and spirits invade the streets to supply treats and methods. The Legends & Lanterns competition channels the classic appeal of Halloween from the 1910s to the ’30s, and also you and your little monsters can work together with creepy characters, have a good time Dia de los Muertos, vote on your favourite scarecrow and find out about Victorian mourning customs.
The Magic Home
When Via Oct. 31 • The place 516 South Kirkwood Highway, Kirkwood • How a lot Free with $12 admission • Extra information magichouse.org
The Magic Home is aware of youngsters, and it is aware of most might not take pleasure in a real haunted home. The Not-So-Haunted Home, on Fridays-Sundays, contains favourite storybook characters and a scavenger hunt all through the museum. Halloween Magic continues Tuesdays-Sundays in out of doors places, with a spiderweb maze, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, Halloween-themed artwork tasks and fall treats obtainable for buy within the cafe.
Missouri Historical past Museum
When 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 28 • The place 5700 Lindell Boulevard, Forest Park • How a lot Free • Extra information mohistory.org
Swing by the Wholesome Historical past-Lovin’ Halloween Occasion on the Missouri Historical past Museum for candy-free festivities. Youngsters are inspired to put on costumes whereas stretching and monster-mashing, crafting masks and listening to a suspenseful story.
Nationwide Museum of Transportation
When 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 16 • The place 2933 Barrett Station Highway, Kirkwood • How a lot Free with admission for daytime occasion; $10 for night occasion the place reservations required • Extra information tnmot.org/event/trick-or-track/
Throughout Trick or Observe, youngsters can observe across the museum on the lookout for treats. Select the daytime occasion, which is included with museum admission, or arrive at night time for a spookier expertise. “Serengeti Steve and His Reptiles Present” will seem in the course of the day and at night time.
When 3:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 22-24 • The place 500 William Danforth Manner, Grey Summit, Missouri • How a lot Free, however there’s a cost for some actions; registration required • Extra information 314-982-3232; purinafarms.com
Howl-O-Ween Fest at Purina Farms contains stay animal petting areas, storytelling, a show by the World Hen Sanctuary, picture ops and performances by the Purina Unimaginable Canine Group.
Prepare or Deal with
When Oct. 8-31 • The place St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market Road • How a lot $31.99, free for youngsters 2 and underneath • Extra information stlouisunionstation.com/halloween-train-ticketing
The enjoyable engineers at St. Louis Union Station have adorned 4 stationery rail automobiles for a family-friendly Halloween expertise referred to as Prepare or Deal with. Company may go to a barnyard and maze, get a pumpkin and different Halloween treats, and benefit from the ambiance of the station with further actions and video games across the lake.
Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly Home
When 10-4 p.m. day by day (closed Mondays), by October • The place 15193 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield • How a lot Free with $5-$8 admission; charges for different particular occasions • Extra information mobot.org
This month, the Butterfly Home metamorphoses into the Booterfly Home, with creatures lurking within the Creepy Crawly Cave, botanicals gone mad within the Conservatory and spiders residing amongst the Muffet Household. The Butterfly Home additionally hosts a ticketed Depraved Wings and Wine occasion Oct. 1 and a Bug Ball for youths Oct. 23.
St. Louis Zoo
When Oct. 15-31 • The place St. Louis Zoo, 1 Authorities Drive, Forest Park • How a lot $8.95-$11.95; reservations required for all zoo visits • Extra information stlzoo.org
The St. Louis Zoo will get within the Halloween spirit with spooky nighttime occasions and extra low-key daytime enjoyable. Go to Boo on the Zoo after hours to take pleasure in lights and adorned scenes all through the park. Halloweekend celebrations (Oct. 16-17, Oct. 23-24, Oct. 30-31) function particular actions in the course of the zoo’s common hours. The German-inspired Zootoberfest takes place Oct. 2-3 and Oct. 9-10.
Six Flags Fright Fest
When Varied dates, by Oct. 31 • The place 4900 Six Flags Highway, Eureka • How a lot Free with admission • Extra information sixflags.com/stlouis
The preferred occasion of the theme park’s yr returns with family-friendly scares and actions in the course of the day and scarier ghouls wandering the grounds at night time. New this yr: a Creatures of the Corn maze and Uncaged, an attraction with creepy, empty cages and the animals that escaped them. Screenings of “The Rocky Horror Image Present,” accompanied by a stay shadowcast efficiency by Flustered Mustard, will probably be Oct. 16 and Oct. 22.
Halloween within the Central West Finish
When 11 a.m.-midnight Oct. 30 • The place Maryland and Euclid avenues • How a lot Free, $25-$50 to enter costume contest • Extra information cwescene.com
The day begins with family-friendly actions, and because the solar goes down, adults get to occasion and cheer in the course of the costume contest, identified for its elaborate and outrageous creations. The winners get $6,000 in money and prizes. The youngsters’s costume parade is at 11 a.m., and the canine costume parade at 1 p.m.
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Halloween parade
When 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31 • The place Begins at Lincoln Center College car parking zone at Schwarz and West streets in Edwardsville, then travels east on St. Louis Road to Vandalia Road, north on North Major Road to Excessive Road • How a lot Free • Extra information edglenchamber.com/halloween-parade.html
For practically 100 years, residents of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and the encompassing space have celebrated Halloween with this parade, introduced again this yr after happening hiatus in 2020. It would even be livestreamed on the town of Edwardsville Fb web page.
Alton Halloween Parade
When 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 • The place Begins on Broadway at Washington Avenue in Alton, travels to Piasa Road, ends at Ninth Road • How a lot Free • Extra information riversandroutes.com/events/alton-halloween-parade-2021/
Alton has celebrated Halloween with this parade since 1916. The streets of “essentially the most haunted small city in America” will probably be full of spectators watching the floats, bands and spooky spectres cross by.
O’Fallon Rotary Youngsters’s Halloween Parade
When Midday-3 p.m. Oct. 30 • The place Begins on Vine at State Road in O’Fallon, Illinois, ends at East First Road • How a lot Free • Extra information facebook.com/rotaryclubofofallon
Compete within the costume contest and trick or deal with at collaborating companies after the annual kids’s parade.
Howl’oween Pet Parade
When Midday Oct. 17 • The place Assemble at Related Financial institution car parking zone (100 East Washington Road); parade travels on East Lincoln, South Charles and East Major streets, Belleville • How a lot $10 per canine; costume contest is free • Extra information bahspets.org/event/howloween-pet-parade
Costume up or cheer on your favourite costumed pet on this annual parade and contest, hosted by the Belleville Space Humane Society. A profit 5K takes place at 10 a.m.