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. The city and surrounding communities offer several fun and safe events for kids and the whole family—beyond traditional trick or treating. 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.
Cut into seven acres of a cornfield in Robert E. Glazebrook Park in the town of Godfrey, Illinois, the Great Godfrey Maze is a popular destination for families looking for a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit near St. Louis. The Great Godfrey Maze is open for general admission on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 20 through November 3, 2019.
The maze is open during the day on Saturdays and Sundays, but you can also bring a flashlight and try out the Haunted Maze on Friday and Saturday nights in October. In addition, families can also enjoy the Cow Train, a hayride, the Corn Crib, a giant jumping pillow, and the Vortex Tunnel for a small additional fee.
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. Eckert's Orchards has several locations near St. Louis including the Belleville and Millstadt farms, which both offer Halloween events on weekends in October each year.
Stop by the Jumpin' Pumpkin Jamboree at the Belleville Farm on Saturdays and Sundays to enjoy wagon rides, live music, pony rides, a petting farm, funnel cakes, and plenty of festival food. Alternatively, visit Eckert's Orchards at Millstadt Farm on Friday and Saturday evenings to hitch a ride on the Haunted Hayride.
Known for the famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale horses that reside there, Grant's Farm is a popular attraction in St. Louis year-round, but on select nights in October, families are welcomed to the farm for a bit of holiday fun during the annual Halloween Nights at Grant's Farm event.
Your Halloween adventure at Grant's Farm starts with a tram ride to the center of the park with ghosts and goblins lighting the way. Once you arrive, kids and families can enjoy festive foods, carousel rides, pumpkin decorating, and a variety of holiday-themed shows in addition to visiting the animals at Grant's Farm at night.
In 2019, Halloween Nights at Grant's Farm takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. on October 4 and 5, 11 to 13, 17 to 20, and 24 to 27. While admission to the event is free, there is a parking fee per vehicle, and it also costs a small amount to participate in a number of activities on-site.
Each year for Halloween, the Parks and Recreation departments of Clayton, Maplewood, and Richmond Heights, Missouri, arrange a special celebration for kids of all ages in Clayton's Shaw Park. Known as the Party in the Patch, this annual Halloween event features a candy hunt, hayrides, inflatable bouncy castles, carnival games, and a hot-dog dinner.
The annual Party in the Patch event takes place on October 18, 2019, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. While admission is free for parents, children will need to register for the event in advance at the Center of Clayton or purchase a ticket for a higher price at the gate.
Boo at the St. Louis Zoo
Another popular Halloween event for children and adults alike comes to the St. Louis Zoo in late October each year. During each night of the Boo at the Zoo event, this popular attraction stays open late to welcome children of all ages to trick-or-treat along the zoo's Pumpkin Trail and join in a costume parade.
The annual Boo at the St. Louis Zoo event runs nightly from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. from October 15 to 30, 2019. 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 while children younger than 2 years old get in free. There is also free parking available on the South Lot.
Located just outside St. Louis in Kirkwood, Missouri, the Magic House is an interactive museum specifically designed with children in mind. Each year for the last two weekends in October, the entire museum transforms into a festive Halloween event known as the Not-So-Haunted House.
During the event, each child gets their own autograph book, and as they trick or treat through the house, they'll collect signatures from many of their favorite storybook characters. Past characters have included favorites from Peter Pan, Harry Potter, and Alice in Wonderland. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes of their favorite storybook characters as well, and admission to the museum is required to attend.
Located northwest of St. Louis in St. Charles County, Missouri, the 200-year-old Historic hosts an event each year to honor the dead with a kid-friendly nighttime event known as Spirits of the Past. During this spooky event—which may be unsuitable for younger children—storytellers wander the grounds of this historic home telling "true stories" of ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night. The Spirits of the Past event takes place on October 19, 2019, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended but not required to attend; however, the price of admission is slightly more at the door, and tickets have sold out in past years.
Party with your kids among thousands of butterflies at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Butterfly House in Faust Park during the BOOterfly House and Bug Ball events this October. These not-so-scary events are fun ways to enjoy the holiday, complete with games, crafts, and special treats for kids.
The "BOOterfly House: Bewitching Bugs and Botanicals" event runs daily all month long with Story Time with the Muffet Family at 10:30 a.m. and the Live Carnivorous Plant Feedings With Professor Von Trap at 1:30 p.m. and Live Predator Feedings in the Creepy Crawly Cave on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. All events are included with admission to the Butterfly House and run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Mondays when the attraction is closed.
On the other hand, the "Bug Ball" is a one-time event takes place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and requires advanced registration to attend. During the event, kids and adults alike can play games, create crafts, take home lots of goodies, and witness the owl butterfly in flight, which is only active at dusk and dawn. After exploring the Butterfly House, guests can then attend a special Halloween dance party that includes a buffet featuring themed treats like "creepy pizza fingers, scream cheese, petrifying pastries, eerie pudding, frightful fruit, and pumpkin punch."
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.
The Great GO! St. Louis Halloween Race takes place on October 20, 2019, in downtown St. Louis starting at 7 a.m. After the race, guests are welcome to stop over at the Trick-or-Treat Village to fill up on candy and treats from local businesses.
The St. Louis Science Center is hosting a ghoulishly good time for kids during its annual Science Spooktacular event. Held on the last Thursday through Sunday in October each year, 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. all four nights, and most activities at the event are free with admission to the Science Center.
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 on October 27, 2019, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A park ranger will be on hand to help with the designs, and pumpkins and carving tools are provided. Advanced registration online and a small fee per child are required to participate.
The Missouri Botanical Garden offers a special Halloween event for Garden members where kids can enjoy an afternoon of trick-or-treating and Halloween fun. During the Ghouls in the Garden event, children will 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. This year's event takes place on October 27, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
For a safe afternoon of trick-or-treating, bring your children to historic Main Street in St. Charles from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Halloween. Local businesses will be handing out candy to kids ages 12 and younger during the event. 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.
St. Louis County is hosting a Halloween Boo-nanza for children at the North County Recreation Complex in northeast St. Louis 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, dancers, and various other performances. The parade steps off at 7:30 p.m. at Broadway and Washington, and throughout the event, participants in the parade pass out candy and treats to children lining the route down Main Street.
If you're traveling with pets, get in the car and head west about 45 minutes from St. Louis to Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri. Each year, this pet- and kid-friendly attraction celebrates Halloween over the last two weekends in October with two unique events: Trunk-or-Treat and Howl-o-Ween Fest.
Howl-o-Ween Fest takes place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in late October and features a full day of fall fun including games, live entertainment, food trucks, music performances, and a puppy and children's costume parade. Other kids activities include face painting, storytelling, circus shows, and dog performances. Advanced registration is required to attend, and admission is free, but parking costs a small fee per vehicle.
Trunk-or-Treat takes place in the Visitor Center's parking lot on Saturdays and Sundays in late October at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. During the event, Purina Farms will be handing out candy to kids and treats to dogs and offering face painting, balloon animals, and family entertainment. Tickets must be purchased in advance to attend and walk-ups will not be accepted.