Although there are plenty of frights to be had during the month of October in St. Louis, your trip doesn't have to be a scary one. There are plenty of fun and safe events for kids and the whole family—beyond the traditional trick or treating. You can visit a pumpkin patch, explore a corn maze, or even join a haunted hayride appropriate for all ages.
If you're traveling to St. Louis this October with your kids, stop by these great events for some quality family fun without all the frights.
Wandering around a cornfield after dark can be a little scary, but it's pure fun at the Great Godfrey Maze. The giant maze is cut into seven acres of cornfield.
The maze is open during the day, but you can also bring a flashlight and try the Haunted Maze at night on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October. Tickets are required to attend, but kids under five get in free.
When you're trying to find the perfect pumpkin, look no further than Eckert's Orchards. Its pumpkin patch has any size pumpkin you'd want, including ones that weigh up to 150 pounds.
During weekends in October, Eckert's is hosting its Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree with wagon rides, live music, pony rides, a petting farm, funnel cakes, and more. The Millstadt location also offers Haunted Hayrides through the orchard each Friday and Saturday in October.
Grant's Farm is a popular place to celebrate Halloween in St. Louis. It all begins with a tram ride in the dark to the center of the park with ghosts and goblins lighting the way. There's also food, carousel rides, and pumpkin decorating.
The celebration runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free, but parking requires a fee.
Celebrate Halloween at the Party in the Patch at Shaw Park in Clayton. This evening of fun includes hayrides, carnival games, and treats.
While admission is free for parents, children will need to purchase a ticket—either in advance or at the gate for a higher fee—to attend. The party runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Halloween night.
Another great Halloween event for children is Boo at the Zoo Nights. The St. Louis Zoo is open late, starting October 18, for kid-friendly Halloween fun. Then, there's the Zoo's "Spooky Saturday" party on October 29, where children of all ages can trick-or-treat along the Zoo's Pumpkin Trail and join in a costume parade.
Admission to Boo at the Zoo Nights is significantly less than regular admission to the zoo, and members can get a discount on a ticket. Children younger than two get in free. There is also free parking available on the South Lot.
Magic House's Not-So-Haunted House
St. Louis has many Halloween activities for the kids but one of the best is the Not-So-Haunted House at the Magic House.
During the event, every kid gets their own autograph book, and as they trick or treat through the house, they can collect signatures from many of their favorite storybook characters. Past characters have included favorites from Peter Pan, Harry Potter, and Alice in Wonderland. Admission is required to attend.
Halloween at Purina Farms includes pumpkin painting, costume contests, puppet shows, and trick-or-treating in the barn hayloft. The fun runs Friday and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, but parking requires a small fee for cars and a larger fee for buses.
Where better to hear ghost stories than at the 200-year-old Daniel Boone Home in St. Charles County?
During the annual Spirits of the Past event, storytellers wander the grounds of the old home telling true stories of ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night. This is designed to be a kid-friendly event, but may be a little scary for very young children.
Kids can attend a "Booterflies" Halloween party at the Butterfly House in Faust Park this October. This not-so-scary event is a fun way to enjoy the holiday, complete with games, crafts, and special treats for kids. The party runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Halloween, and admission is required to attend.
You won't feel so guilty about eating all of that Halloween candy if you participate in the annual GO! St. Louis Halloween Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Fun Run.
Runners and walkers of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes and enjoy the spooky course through St. Louis. There's also a costume contest for race participants. To register, check out the GO! St. Louis website.
The St. Louis Science Center is hosting a ghoulishly good time for kids during its Science Spooktacular.
The evening includes spooky science demonstrations, slimy hands-on experiments, and showings of family-friendly movies in the OMNIMAX Theater. Science Spooktacular runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Most activities are free.
Children are invited to trick-or-treat at businesses in downtown Kirkwood from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Thursday before Halloween. During the event, several dozen businesses will be handing out treats to kids in costumes. While the kids trick-or-treat, parents can browse through a variety of unique stores and even grab a few refreshments themselves at some of the shops.
Spend the afternoon carving pumpkins at Suson Park in South St. Louis County. A park ranger will be on hand to help with the designs, and pumpkins and carving tools are provided. Advanced registration is required and requires a small fee per child to participate.
The Missouri Botanical Garden offers a special Halloween event for Garden members. Kids can enjoy an afternoon of trick-or-treating and Halloween fun. Children can follow a map to different treat stations where costumed characters hand out goodies. Admission to Ghouls in the Garden is required for children ages 3 to 12, but adults are included with regular Garden admission, and infants under the age of 3 get in free.
For a safe afternoon of trick-or-treating, bring your children to historic Main Street in St. Charles where local businesses will be handing out candy to kids ages 12 and younger from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Halloween.
If you're hungry after your trick or treating, stop by Big A's On the Riverfront for casual American fare or by Tony's On Main Street for some American and Italian fusion cuisine.
Spend Halloween afternoon with friendly ghosts and goblins at the Halloween Hoopla in St. Charles. The free party for kids ages 3 to 12 and their families is sponsored by the St. Charles Parks Department. The event is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Frontier Park.
St. Louis County is hosting a Halloween Boo-nanza for children at the North County Recreation Complex from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween. The free event includes hayrides, a scavenger hunt, a costume contest, and pumpkin decorating as well as a variety of treats and refreshments for all to enjoy.
The small town of Alton, Illinois, celebrates Halloween in a big way. Each October 31, the town hosts a Halloween parade with floats, costumed characters, marching bands and more.
The marchers pass out candy and treats to children lining the parade route. The parade steps off at 7:30 p.m. at Broadway and Washington.
Trick or Treat Street
The residents of the 5300 block of Nottingham Avenue in South St. Louis really know how to throw a Halloween Party. Each year they deck out their homes and pass out candy to thousands of kids and parents who descend on the Southampton neighborhood on Halloween night. The party on Trick or Treat Street runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m.