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Halloween events happening around the St. Louis area

Updated: Oct 23, 2020


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Here are some family friendly Halloween events happening around town that may be of interest to you.


Booterfly House

Celebrate bugs, butterflies, and plants that are wonderfully wicked at during Booterfly house at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House! Meet new frightful friends in the Creepy Crawly Cave, watch out for Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory, and spy on spectacular spiders with the Muffet Family.


Pumpkin Glow in Historic St. Charles

At the Historic St. Charles Pumpkin Glow you and your family can bask in the glow of carved pumpkins throughout the historic district while the merchants along Main Street stay open late to offer scary good deals. Costumes are encouraged! The street will be illuminated with hundreds of eerily glowing pumpkins. Don't forget to visit with the Legends & Lanterns characters for chilling ghost stories and haunting encounters. This event does not include trick or treating.  October 23 and 24 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Science Spooktackular

Live science demonstrations, a haunted lab, prop making, complimentary parking and more family-friendly fun. The whole family is encouraged to come in costume to the Saint Louis Science Center.


Union Station Halloween Experience

The Halloween Experience is perfect for the entire family. Wear costumes and enjoy  the boo-rific activities tent. Then journey through four historic train cars, themed for the Halloween season with pirate skeletons, witches, dark creatures and a fantasy candy wonderland.


Jack O’Lantern Trail and Trunk or Treat

There is no fear of hiking for treats at night during the Halloween season when you are guided by the light and spirit of Jack O’Lanterns leading you to the reward of a trunk or treat. Costumes are not required but are certainly welcome. Admission can be purchased in advance by calling 314-615-8344 or bought at the gate. Submission of art on two different types of canvas – pumpkins and vehicles - are encouraged for this event. Completed Jack O’Lanterns and other forms of pumpkin art from artists of all ages will not only be competing against each other for visitor appeal but will also enhance the holiday setting. October 30, 6-9 pm Bring your decorated vehicles to serve as your stage to take part in trunk or treat. All artists (pumpkin or vehicle) must call 314-615-8344 or 314-615-8333 for decorating guidelines and themes.

$5 per person; under 2 free. $1 per submission of pumpkin or car (fee goes towards prizes).


Boo at the Zoo

Families can enjoy festive Halloween decorations, interactive storytellers, educational activities, kids’ games, hauntingly fun entertainment and more at the Saint Louis Zoo’s non-scary Halloween experience.


Pint Size Halloween Party

Anyone between the ages 3-6 join the City of Bridgeton for an early Halloween celebration on Tuesday, October 27 from 9:30-10:30 am! This special day will be filled with Halloween themed crafts and a snack. A parent/guardian or another adult is required to attend; there is a maximum of two children per adult. This event is $4/BRC Member & Resident and $6/Non-Resident. Pre-Registration is required by  October 23. To register, call 314-739-5599 or stop by the Bridgeton Recreation.


Halloween at the Farm

Grant’s Farm is welcoming spooks of all ages for a new Halloween Drive-Thru Experience on select dates in October. Guests will be able to drive their own vehicles through a ghostly adventure in the Tiergarten and Deer Park. The drive-thru will be decorated with lights, ghosts, pumpkins, spiders and more.


For some more ideas, check out Jen Cowan, A.K.A. And Hattie Makes Three, on the latest episode of the podcast:

Episode 49: Moms, You Need To Find A Little Pocket Of Normal In Your Day


Also, check out these trick-or-treating safety tips, along with tips on handing out candy during a pandemic.


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