Most of us will agree that St. Louis has a lot to offer year-round. However, Autumn brings with it a feeling of coziness and unmatched vibrancy in our foliage and festivities. With Halloween, we allow ourselves unlimited indulgences in candy, costumes, haunted excursions and of course- seasonal beer. We know you’ve been waiting for it. Here’s your list for St. Louis Fall festivities!
- Anheuser-Busch Oktoberfest
St. Louis has a rich history of German heritage- and is proud of it. Throughout the month of October, businesses, neighborhoods, restaurants and bars will be celebrating the change of seasons by imbibing in the tasty adult beverages our city is known for. This authentic German Oktoberfest has a lot to offer. In addition to an infinite amount of beer, guests will also enjoy traditional German games, food, music and beer education. In the name of spirit, guests are eligible for discounts when bringing in a ticket from a separate Oktoberfest celebration or when wearing an Oktoberfest costume (free beer, anyone?).
September 16-October 3, Soulard
- Great Godfrey Maze
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 adventurers bring a flashlight to experience the Haunted Maze at night. The Haunted Maze is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. Kids under five get in free.
September 2 – October 31, 2016, Godfrey, Illinois
- Halloween at Grant’s Farm
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 food, carousel rides, pumpkin decorating and more at the St. Louis-staple event. The celebration runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free, but parking is $20 per car.
October 7-8, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30, 2016, Grant’s Farm
- Pumpkin Jamboree and Haunted Hayride
When you’re trying to find the perfect pumpkin, look no further than Eckert’s Orchards. Their 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. Come hungry, because the restaurant serves food that would make grandma’s mouth water! Stop by the Millstadt location for haunted hayrides and bonfires every weekend in October.
Weekends in October 2016, Belleville, Illinois
- Halloween 10K and Fun Run
Feeling guilty about all those Halloween treats? Sign-up for 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.
October 23, 2016, Downtown
- Boo at the Zoo
Another great Halloween event for children is Boo at the Zoo Nights. The St. Louis Zoo is open late, starting October 16, for kid-friendly Halloween fun. Then, there’s the Zoo’s “Spooky Saturday” party on October 24, 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 $6 for members and $7 for non-members. Children younger than two get in free. There is also free parking available in the South Lot.
October 18 – 30, 2016, Forest Park
- Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms
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 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Call 314-982-3232 to make reservations.Call 314-982-3232 to make reservations
October 21-23 & 28-30, 2016, Gray Summit, Missouri
- 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. 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. This year’s characters include favorites from Peter Pan, Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland. Admission is $10.
October 21-23 & October 28-30, 2016, Kirkwood
- Spirits of the Past
Where better to hear ghost stories than the 200-year-old Daniel Boone Home in St. Charles County? 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.
October 22, 2016
Daniel Boone Home, Defiance, Missouri
- Booterflies Ball
Step into the wonder and beauty of butterflies, insects, spiders and their other many-legged friends at the Butterfly House! Your little bugaboos will be able to play games, create spooktacular crafts and take home lots of loot after they visit our many hand-painted Treat Houses. Families can dance to Monster Jams at the Ugly Bug Ball or spy on the amazing Owl Butterfly, which are only active during dusk and dawn. Admission into the Butterfly House, activities, light refreshments, crafts, treats, and goody bags are included in the event ticket price. Space is limited and reservations are required. Price is per person.
October 22 & 23, 5-7 p.m. , Butterfly House, Chesterfield
- Ghouls in the Garden
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 $5 for children ages three to 12. Adults are included with regular Garden admission.
October 30, 2016, Missouri Botanical Garden
- Halloween Hoopla
Spend the Sunday before Halloween with friendly ghosts and goblins at the Halloween Hoopla in St. Charles. The free party for kids ages 3-12 and their families is sponsored by the St. Charles Parks Department. The event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Memorial Hall at Blanchette Park.
October 25, 2016, St. Charles
- Kirkwood Halloween Walk
Children are invited to trick-or-treat at businesses in downtown Kirkwood from 5-7 p.m. Several dozen businesses will be handing out treats to kids in costume the Thursday before Halloween.
October 27, 2016, Kirkwood
- 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 p.m. to 9 p.m.
October 31, 2016, South St. Louis
Wish you lived closer to one of these amazing events? Call us. We’ll make it happen.