Now that October is back, Halloween enthusiasts cannot wait to dive into some spooky adventures. If you were wondering where and when you could get your spook on in the region, this is the list for you.
There are haunted houses, mines, trails, and even a haunted mine.
In addition to the spooky list, there’s also a great kid-friendly list that offers options that might not be so scary, but are definitely fun for the young ones.
Ghost hunting at the Historic Talbot House
According to the Historic Talbot House Facebook page, paranormal investigations of the Talbot House are Saturday nights in October. Reservations must be made in advance, investigators must be 18 years of age or older, and groups must consist of 4 to 8 people per investigation. The Talbot House is located at 405 North Street, Waynesville. The cost is $25 a person.
2. Ruby’s Landing
Ruby’s Landing offers a variety of activities in October. Brave adventurers can go through a haunted house and corn maze for $15 or go on the haunted river float for $25. The haunted house and corn maze is from 7 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday nights in October. The river float starts at dark and the last check-in is at 10 p.m. However, the haunted river float will not last much longer; it will be open the first two Fridays and Saturdays in October (October 6, 7, 13, and 14). Ruby’s Landing is located at 22474 Restful Lane in Waynesville, according to the Pulaski County USA website.
3. Rising Haunted Attraction
The Rising Haunted Attraction Facebook page encourages brave souls to “experience two floors of fear and all the horrors that haunt the plantation grounds.” The Rising is located at 25238 Raleigh Rd., Waynesville, costs $10, and goes from 8 p.m. until midnight.
4. Rocky Horror Halloween Party
According to the Pulaski County USA website’s calendar, “Join us at the Black Jack Bar and Grill in the Pershing Community Center on Fort Leonard Wood. Dress the part and do the time warp with us! Bring your props and be ready to have a great time!” The doors open at 5 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m. No cover charge and ages 21 and up only. This event is Saturday, October 28 and consists of a “costume contest, snacks, music and of course the Rocky Horror Picture Show movie. After the movie ‘let’s do the time warp [sic] again’ and Party like a rock star with DJ IVAN!” Black Jack Bar and Grill is located at 4109 Piney Hills Drive, Fort Leonard Wood.
5. The Haunted Mine
According to the calendar on the Visit Rolla Missouri website, the haunted mine is “a spine-chilling experience.” The website encourages interested individuals to “visit this unique underground haunted house brought to you by Missouri S&T Experimental Mine.” The website also says the event is October 20, 21, 27, 28, and 31 from 6 to 11 p.m. Close-toed shoes are a must and hard hats are provided at the beginning of the mine. General admission is $15, MST students and military is $13, and can goods is $3 discount. Interested individuals can get tickets for the mine beginning October 9 through October 13 at the Havener Center (1346 North Bishop Avenue, Rolla) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The haunted mine is located at 12350 Spencer Road, Rolla.
6. Zombie Wasteland Haunted House
According to the Fun Lake website, “Survive a zombie wasteland with your family with lots of foam darts, and a nerf gun of your choice! Proceeds to benefit Kids Harbor Child Advocacy Center. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through [in] October; Starting October 6th.” Zombie Wasteland Haunted House costs $10 a person and is located at 474 South State Highway 7, Camdenton.
7. The Haunted Holler
According to the Fun Lake website, “The Haunted Holler is a quarter mile haunted trail in the woods. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The trail is located one mile behind Hy Vee in Osage Beach.” It opens Friday, October 13 and it will be open every Friday and Saturday nights until Sunday, October 29 from 8 p.m. until midnight. The Haunted Holler costs $10 per person on Fridays and $15 on Saturdays and is located at 651 Hiland Circle, Osage Beach.
8. The Haunted Castle House B&B
According to the Haunted Castle House B&B Facebook page, “The Historic Castle House is a haunted 169 year-old Queen Anne Victorian restored to it's 1850 grandeur and beauty.” They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Interested individuals can either stay in the castle house overnight or choose from two guided tours: Ghost and Graveyard Tour or Daylight History Tour, according to their website. Admission is $20 a person and group rates are available. The Haunted Castle House is located at 841 Highway C, Brumley (10 minutes from the Lake).
9. Halloween in the Park
The city of Saint Robert will host its free, annual Halloween in the Park. A haunted hayride through a zombie- and ghoul-infested forest is sure to thrill the adrenaline-seekers. This is event is also kid-friendly. There will be free hot dogs, chips, soda, and candy until supplies run out. This event will be at 114 J.H. Williamson Drive, Saint Robert.
Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch
According to Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch website, “Join us for great family fun every Saturday and Sunday in October 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.” in Dixon. They offer 9 hole mini golf, bounce house, petting zoo, and more. Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch is located at 10800 Highway D, Dixon and is $6 for ages 2 and older.
2. The Annual Pumpkin Fest
According to the Annual Pumpkin Fest 2017 Facebook page, hosted by Greater Faith Victory Church, “the purpose is to provide a safe location for our youth [to] get candy, food and play games. This event is entirely free to all participants. This is a great outreach and awareness opportunity as well as for any organization who desires to volunteer or contribute to the vision.” This event is Tuesday, October 31 at Waynesville City Park from 6 to 8 p.m. The Annual Pumpkin Fest 2017 is free and is located at 105 North Street, Waynesville.
3. Halloween in the Park
This free event will have something for everyone. According to the Halloween in the Park Facebook page, hosted by City of Saint Robert, Missouri, “The City of Saint Robert WIll be Hosting the Annual Halloween in the Park on October 20, 2017! Located at the Saint Robert Community Center, from 6pm to 9pm.” There will be a costume contest with prizes for first and second place winners. Six age groups will make up the costume contest: newborn to 2 years of age, 3 to 4 years of age, 5 years of age, 6 to 7 years of age, 8 to 9 years of age, and 10 to 11 years of age. There will be a not-so-haunted hayride for family fun and free hot dogs, chips, soda, and candy until supplies run out. The Community Center is located at 114 J.H. Williamson Drive, Saint Robert.
4. Spooktacular Trail of Treats
According to the Spooktacular Trail of Treats Facebook page, hosted by Richland Parks Department, “The Richland Park Board will serve food to the community until it runs out down in the lower pavilion. Booths will be set up around the walking Trail for the kids to play games and trick or treat.” They will be showing a free movie in the park, the classic Hocus Pocus,on Saturday, October 28 at 8 p.m. at Shady Dell Park. The park is located off of highway 7 in Richland.
5. The Haunted Mine
This event also offers a kids walk-through from 4:30 to 6 p.m., according to the calendar on the Visit Rolla Missouri website. They are open October 20, 21, 27, 28, and 31. Kids under 10 walk through for $5. Interested individuals can get tickets for the mine beginning October 9 through October 13 at the Havener Center (1346 North Bishop Avenue, Rolla) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Close-toed shoes are a must and hard hats are provided at the beginning of the walk. The haunted mine is located at 12350 Spencer Road, Rolla.
6. VFW Post 2025 Halloween Party
According to the calendar on the Visit Rolla Missouri website, “there will be games, hayride, food and prizes.” The website also says to wear a costume. This event is Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. Ages 14 and younger eat free and everyone else pays $3 a plate. It is located at VFW Post 2025 Highway 63S, Rolla.
7. Trunk or Treat
A few places will offer Trunk or Treat on Tuesday, October 31, according to the calendar on the Visit Rolla Missouri website. One is at Greentree Church at 4 p.m. The other is at the Saint James High School parking lot which starts at 6 p.m. Greentree Church is located at 800 Greentree Road, Rolla. Saint James High School is located at 101 East Scioto Street, Saint James.
8. The Cave Pumpkin Patch
According to the Fun Lake website, “The Cave Pumpkin Patch is a family owned and operated Pumpkin Patch in Miller County; Open weekends through [in] October 2017 - Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.” Numerous activities will keep the kids occupied like pumpkin painting, barrel train, the cave, and more. The Cave Pumpkin Patch is located at 123 Swinging Bridge Road, Brumley. Admission is $6 a person (cash only) and children 2 and younger are free.
9. MECCA Family Farm Pumpkin Patch and Fall Attractions
This is open every Saturday and Sunday in October, according to the Fun Lake website. Activities include corn crib, corn cannon, big slide, petting zoo, and more. This is located on Highway 54 west of Camdenton to Delmar. Admission to this event is $5.
10. Storie’s Pumpkin Patch
According to Storie’s Pumpkin Patch Facebook page, “Storie's Pumpkin Patch is a family fun option just a mile off of the interstate [in Waynesville]. We offer a wholesome family setting with plenty of fun activities for kids, including playground equipment, a petting zoo, a punkin' chunkin' slingshot, a barrel train, hay maze, a super slide, a corn box and of course no day would be complete without a hay ride [sic] to pick out your own pumpkin. We will be open the last two weekends in September, every weekend in October and the first weekend in November from 10 AM - Dark.” Admission is $5 a person and $5 per mid-sized pumpkin. Children 2 and younger are free. Storie’s Pumpkin Patch is located at 25530 Republic Road, Waynesville.
11. 20th Annual Halloween Bash to benefit Shriners’ Children’s Hospital
The 20th Annual Halloween Bash at the Fort Leonard Wood Shrine Club is an event with something for everyone. The event features haunted houses, haunted hayride, candy, free hot dogs, drinks, and lots of fun for attendees of all ages. Everyone is invited out in costume, or not, to the grounds of the Shrine Club located at 26920 Shrines Rd, Waynesville for a howling good time on Saturday, Oct. 28 at dark. A $2 entry fee per person is the cost of entering the grounds and all proceeds go to the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital.
12. Pete’s Pumpkin Patch
According to Pete’s Pumpkin Patch Facebook page, activities include a bounce house, train rides, barrel cars, and more. They are open every Saturday (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) the whole month of October in Rolla. Admission is $7 (cash or check only) and kids ages 2 and younger get in for free. They are located at 18385 South US Highway 63, Rolla.
13. Halloween on the Strip
The Bagnell Dam Strip will offer its annual Halloween on the Strip. This free, kid-friendly event will offer activities including a costume contest, pie eating contest, and, of course, trick-or-treating. The event is from 2 to 5 p.m. For the itinerary, see the Halloween on the Strip Facebook page. The strip is located on Bagnell Dam Boulevard, Lake Ozark.
Sign Works, Splatz Paintball, Advantage Marine, and Haynes Construction present their third annual Spook-tacular event, a free, safe, family-friendly trick or treat. There will be a costume contest and more on Tuesday, October 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 474 South Highway 7 in Camdenton next to the airport.