Plenty of Halloween family fun to be had in KC this month

The haunted houses in KC, including the Beast, have been open since September.
The haunted houses in KC, including the Beast, have been open since September. The Kansas City Star

Halloween is more than two weeks away, but the Halloween holiday season is in full swing.

Haunted houses have been operating since September, some trick-or-treating events begin as early as this weekend, and, of course, pumpkin-centric activities are happening all over the place.

Probably the most unusual is at Sea Life, where you can watch underwater pumpkin carving.

Also, pumpkins are available for picking at several area patches, as are viewings of the orange squash dressed up for the season at Cave Springs Park, Powell Gardens and other places.

The Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park features a pumpkin patch as well as the Pumpkin Hollow Express, a barrel train pulled by a tractor.

Finally, once pumpkins have outlived their Halloween usefulness, the Kansas City Zoo will put on the Great Pumpkin Smash, where you can see what an elephant thinks of them.

Through Oct. 31

Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch

17607 NE 52nd, Liberty

In addition to pumpkins, there are a petting farm and train rides. $10-$12. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; carolynscountrycousins.com, 816-781-9196

Liberty Corn Maze

17607 NE 52nd, Liberty

Maze design honors American Royal. $8-$10. 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; libertycornmaze.wix.com/liberty-corn-maze, 816-781-9196

Pumpkin Hollow

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer, Overland Park

Pumpkin boats, corn tunnel and pumpkin picking are just a few of the activities. $8. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; drfarmstead.org

Through Nov. 1

Macabre Cinema Haunted House

1222 W. 12th

Actual movie sets and movie scenes. $27. Opens 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; macabrecinema.com, 816-842-4280

Worlds of Fun events

Worlds of Fun, 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave.

Great Pumpkin Fest, Halloween Haunt, Fright Lane and Skeleton Key. $34.99-$100. Hours vary; worldsoffun.com, 816-454-4545

Through Nov. 7

Edge of Hell Haunted House

1300 W. 12th

Features five stories of frights. $27. Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, also Nov. 1; edgeofhell.com, 816-842-4280

Beast Haunted House

1401 W. 13th

Thrills on four floors, including true 4-D experience. $27. Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, also Nov. 1; kcbeast.com, 816-842-4280

Oct. 16-17 and 23-24

Night of the Living Farm

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer, Overland Park

Farmstead is transformed into spooky but fun place. $9-$10. 6-9 p.m.; drfarmstead.org

Oct. 17 and 24

Fort Leavenworth Haunted Tours

Old U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth

Friends of the Frontier Army Museum event. $13-$15. 7 p.m.; ffam.us

Oct. 17-18

Glow Jack-O-Lantern Festival

Powell Gardens, 1609 NW U.S. 50, Kingsville, Mo.

Trail with more than 700 jack-o’-lanterns, as well as hayrides and costumed characters. $5-$12. 6 p.m.; powellgardens.org, 816-697-2600

Hoots & Howls

Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive

Activities will include daily pumpkin smashes. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; kansascityzoo.org, 816-513-5800

Oct. 17

Hammerween VI

Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Hammerlord and Troglodyte will play, along with others. $5-$10. 5 p.m.; thegranada.com, 785-842-1390

Oct. 18

Fright Night

Shoal Creek Living History Museum, 7000 NE Barry

Visitors can walk through frightfully decorated log cabins and wooded areas. $8. 6-9 p.m.; kcparks.org/event/fright-night-at-shoal-creek

Kid Safe Halloween

Shoal Creek Living History Museum, 7000 NE Barry

Trick-or-treating for elementary school-age children. Free. Noon-3 p.m.; kcparks.org/event/kid-safe-halloween

Oct. 22

Enchanted Forest

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park, Lenexa

Children can check out seasonal displays as well as puppets, magicians and more. Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m.; ci.lenexa.ks.us/parks/festivals_enchanted.html

Oct. 23-24

Spirits From the Past

Missouri Town 1855, 8010 E. Park, Lee’s Summit

Take a haunted hayride or just walk through the village filled with ghosts and goblins. $10; reservations required. 6-9 p.m.; jacksongov.org/missouritown, 816-503-4860

Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1


Legoland Discovery Center, 2475 Grand

Monsters will be on hand, and kids can enter a costume contest. $15.30-$18. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays; legolanddiscoverycenter.com/kansascity, 816-471-4386

Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1

Underwater Pumpkin Carving

Sea Life, 2475 Grand

You won’t see this anywhere else. $11-$19. 11 a.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; visitsealife.com/kansas-city, 816-471-4386

Oct. 24-25 and 31

Boo at the Zoo

Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive

Trick-or-treating, entertainment and other Halloween-themed events. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; kansascityzoo.org, 816-513-5800

Oct. 24-25

Boo-Tastic Fun

Crown Center Shops, Level 1 Atrium

Photos with Wicked Queen, StoneLion Puppet Theatre and other entertainment. Free. Noon; crowncenter.com, 816-274-8444

Oct. 24

Boo Ball

Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, 18011 Bass Pro, Independence

St. Luke’s Foundation benefit will feature dueling pianos. $100. 6:30 p.m.; saintlukesgiving.org, 816-347-4853

Historical Hauntings

Shawnee Town, 11600 Johnson Drive

Trick-or-treating, contests and more. $1 suggested donation. 6-8:30 p.m.; shawneetown.org, 913-248-2360

A Nightmare At Haunted Harbor

VooDoo, Harrah’s Casino, North Kansas City

The Musical Blades will play. $12-$39. 8:30 p.m.; voodookc.com, 816-472-7777

Pumpkins on Parade

Cave Springs Park, 8701 Gregory

Hundreds of carved, lighted pumpkins as well as children’s activities and vendors. Free. 4:30-9 p.m.; jacksongov.org, 816-547-9679


Science City at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing

Kids can enjoy creepy critters and spooky science. $5-$7. 5-8 p.m.; unionstation.org/sciencecity

Oct. 25

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall, 3218 Gladstone

Music, storytelling, and arts and crafts. Free. 1-4 p.m.; kansascitymuseum.org, 816-513-0720

Oct. 27-31

“Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

H&R Block City Stage Theater, Union Station

Theatre for Young America will bring Headless Horseman back to life. $10. 7 p.m.; unionstation.org or tya.org, 816-460-2020 or 816-460-2083

Oct. 30

Buzz Halloweenie Roast

Midland Theater, 1228 Main

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, New Politics, the Griswolds and Lolo will play. $26.50-$30. 7 p.m.; midlandkc.com, 816-283-9921

Retro Halloween Bash

VooDoo Lounge, Harrah’s Casino, North Kansas City

Music by the Stolen Winnebagos and Synchronicity. $5.26-$9.75. 8 p.m.; voodookc.com

Oct. 31

Bacchus Bash: 13 Years of Terror

Union Station, 30 W. Pershing

Bacchus Foundation event will include DJ, 10 bars and special performances. $55-$85. 7 p.m.; bacchuskc.org/#!bacchus-bash/cb30

Bohemian Cult Revival: Raising the Dead

The Buffalo Room, Westport Flea Market, 817 Westport

Day of the Dead with a burlesque twist. $20-$30. 10 p.m.; brownpapertickets.com/event/2379291

Boos and Barks Halloween Parade

City Hall Plaza to Howard Station Park, Lee’s Summit

Both you and your pooch can dress up. 10 a.m.; downtownls.org

Carnival of Chaos Halloween Party

KC Live! Power & Light District

Costume contests as well as 10 bars featuring carnival events. 8 p.m.; powerandlightdistrict.com

Halloween Monster Maze

Gage Center, 1101 NW Jefferson, Blue Spring

Kids can collect treats along the way. Free. 3:30-6:30; gagecenter.com, 816-220-7775

Halloween Trick or Treat

Downtown Parkville, Main Street

Shops and buisnesses will supply goodies. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; parkvillemo.org, 816-505-2227

Happy Halloween

Blue Room, 1600 E. 18th

Lady D. will appear with Wes Blackman and Darryl Terrell. $10. 8:30 p.m.; club.americanjazzmuseum.org, 816-474-6262

Howling Halloween Public Nocturnal Overnight

Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive

For children 10 and up, who must be accompanied by adult. $35. 6 p.m.-10 a.m.; kansascityzoo.org, 816-513-5800

Independence Halloween Parade

Historic Independence Square

Nearly 100 entries expected. 10 a.m.; ichamber.biz

Motown Halloween

Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester

Atlantic Express will perform with Hal Wakes. $12. 9 p.m.; knuckleheadshonkytonk.com, 816-483-1456

Safe Trick-or-Treat

Zona Rosa, 8690 N. Dixson

Free candy, giveaways, haunted house, games and more. 5-9 p.m.; northlandhalloween.org

Trick or Treat on the Square

Downtown Liberty, 111 N. Water

This is the place to be in Liberty. 5-7 p.m.; historicdowntownliberty.org, 816-781-3575


Wonderscope Children’s Museum, 5700 King, Shawnee

Activities will include trick-or-treating, a costume contest and entertainment by Dino O’Dell. $4-$10. 3-7 p.m.; wonderscope.org, 913-287-8888

Nov. 7-8

Great Pumpkin Smash

Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive

Zoo animals turn pumpkins into playthings. Zoo admission $10.50-$13.50. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; kansascityzoo.org, 816-513-5800