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Halloween Events Guide

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Halloween is for everybody. And Ink’s Halloween Events Guide has just the party for you — whether you’re looking to have a drink or two (or seven), listen to music, get scared or all of the above.

A campy Halloween

Late Night Theatre presents “Poultry-Geist”

@ Missie B’s

A poorly received cinematic remake of the 1982 film “Poltergeist” played in theaters earlier this year. Some of the critics who panned it implied that the film was unintentionally funny. Kansas City’s Ron Megee has a long history of being funny on purpose. The actor and playwright created the parody “Poultry-Geist” with Jessica Dressler. Megee recently told Robert Trussell of The Kansas City Star that “we wanted to make a terrifying, campy Halloween show.” In Megee and Dressler’s retelling of the “Poltergeist” saga, a family’s suburban home was built on the former site of a chicken-processing plant. Famous scenes from the original film including Carol Anne’s disturbing encounter with a television screen will be sent up by Megee and the rest of the “Poultry-Geist” cast.

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. $23 on Friday and Saturday and $18 on Sunday.

A tipsy Halloween

Bacchus Bash

@ Union Station

Although the Bacchus Bash is billed as the latest installment of “13 years of terror,” the scariest aspect of the annual benefit may be the voluminous access it provides to alcohol. Ticket holders have five hours to enjoy complementary drinks at eight bars. People who opt for VIP tickets are granted an additional hour of drinking that includes two more bars serving specialty beverages, including shots. Costume contests and music from DJ Architekt will enhance the revelry at the event hosted by the Bacchus Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to “connecting young professionals and granting funds for Kansas City charities.” The money raised at the Halloween blowout benefits the Love Fund for Children.

8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. $55.VIP tickets are $85.

An old Hollywood Halloween

Screenland at the Symphony: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

@ Helzberg Hall

Soundtracks laden with contributions from superstars and astounding special effects help sell tickets to modern-day movies, but even the most effective big-budget suspense and horror films are seldom creepier than the 1920 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” John Barrymore chews scenery in the title role of the silent film. Dorothy Papadakos will accompany Thursday’s screening of the movie on the Casavant organ in Helzberg Hall. One of the world’s most renowned practitioners of the instrument, Papadakos was the organist at the New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine for 14 years.

7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. $25-$45.

A heroic Halloween

Project Change’s Superhero Costume Party

@ the Arts Asylum

Dedicated thrift-store shoppers know that bargains abound on most types of apparel. One item of clothing, however, is out of reach for many people with limited resources. Because underwear isn’t typically recycled, the garments can be hard to come by for the disadvantaged. Project Change’s Superhero Costume Party allows civic-minded revelers to provide funds for an underwear-focused initiative. Attendees dressed in superhero attire at Thursday’s benefit will partake of adult beverages, snacks and live music by Toxic Assets.

6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29. $60 or $50 if purchased by Oct. 23.

An untamed Halloween

Boo at the Zoo

@ the Kansas City Zoo

The waddle of penguins is adorable, and the odd lope of kangaroos is fascinating, but part of the appeal of viewing exotic animals at a zoo is the thrilling sense of danger that’s an inherent aspect of being in the presence of menacing predators. Watching the pride of lions at the Kansas City Zoo, for instance, allows visitors to realize that they wouldn’t stand a chance against the big cats in their natural habitat in Africa. The appetites of some of the zoo’s inhabitants will be on display in the Tropics area, as pumpkins are introduced to their enclosures at 9:30 a.m. Children can trick or treat and enjoy other Halloween activities at the zoo from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The most genuine scares, however, will still be provided by the likes of snakes, baboons and lions.

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Free with zoo admission, $13.50 for adults, $10.50 for children 3-11, $12.50 for 55 and older.

A replicate Halloween

Mistress of Reality

@ the VooDoo

Long before a television reality program annihilated his reputation as a Satanic-minded and recklessly decadent rock star, Ozzy Osbourne bore the nickname of the Prince of Darkness. Since “The Osbournes” aired on MTV last decade, Osbourne has come to be seen as a lovably addled jester. The music he made with Black Sabbath in the 1970s, however, sounds just as sinister as ever. Mistress of Reality, “the world’s only all-female tribute to Black Sabbath,” will re-create that malevolent sound at the VooDoo on Halloween. The California-based group will be joined by Strictly Alice, a band dedicated to re-creating the ghoulish rock of Alice Cooper, and the Mötley Crüe tribute group Looks That Kill.

9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. $19.75-$27.75 in advance.

A bee’s knees Halloween

HallowSwing: A Prohibition Costume Ball

@ the Mutual Musicians Foundation

Even the most rational visitors to the Mutual Musicians Foundation would be excused if they admitted sensing the presence of spirits. Generations of jazz musicians and the people who admire their music have experienced some of the most profound moments of their lives in the historic building. Partly because the hallowed institution has a liquor license that allows parties to roll all night long, ghosts may become increasingly easy to spot as the evening progresses during the HallowSwing costume ball fundraiser for a low-watt radio station that will honor Kansas City’s jazz legacy. The event will feature a singing competition and a “best-dressed gangsters and gun molls” contest.

9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. $35.

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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;, 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;, 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;

Through Nov. 1

Macabre Cinema Haunted House

1222 W. 12th

Actual movie sets and movie scenes. $27. Opens 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday;, 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;, 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;, 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;, 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.;

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.;

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.;, 816-697-2600

Hoots & Howls

Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive

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

Oct. 17

Hammerween VI

Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Hammerlord and Troglodyte will play, along with others. $5-$10. 5 p.m.;, 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.;

Kid Safe Halloween

Shoal Creek Living History Museum, 7000 NE Barry

Trick-or-treating for elementary school-age children. Free. Noon-3 p.m.;

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.;

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.;, 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;, 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;, 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.;, 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;, 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.;, 816-347-4853

Historical Hauntings

Shawnee Town, 11600 Johnson Drive

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

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.;, 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.; or, 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.;, 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.;

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.;!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.;

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.;

Carnival of Chaos Halloween Party

KC Live! Power & Light District

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

Halloween Monster Maze

Gage Center, 1101 NW Jefferson, Blue Spring

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

Halloween Trick or Treat

Downtown Parkville, Main Street

Shops and buisnesses will supply goodies. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.;, 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.;, 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.;, 816-513-5800

Independence Halloween Parade

Historic Independence Square

Nearly 100 entries expected. 10 a.m.;

Motown Halloween

Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester

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

Safe Trick-or-Treat

Zona Rosa, 8690 N. Dixson

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

Trick or Treat on the Square

Downtown Liberty, 111 N. Water

This is the place to be in Liberty. 5-7 p.m.;, 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.;, 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.;, 816-513-5800

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