Halloween Hot Spots

From scary good parties for adults to trick-or-treating opportunities for kids, we’ve rounded up some of KC’s best ways to get in the spooky Halloween spirit.

Compiled by Riley Mortensen

“Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

When: Oct. 27-31, 7 p.m.

Where: H&R Block City Stage Theater, Union Station

What: Join Theatre for Young America for a performance of the classic Halloween tale.

Tickets: $10

Spinning Tree Theatre’s “Turn of the Screw”

When: Oct. 15-Nov. 1

Where: Just Off Broadway Theatre

What: Teens 14 and older and adults can get their spook on at this play centered on a young governess who journeys to a lonely English manor to care for two recently orphaned children only to discover they are not alone in the home.

Tickets: $25-40

Night at the Booseum

When: Oct. 28, 4-6 p.m.

Where: Museum at Prairiefire

What: Enjoy a hauntingly good time at this scavenger hunt that will have you searching through Prairiefire as you follow clues and collect prizes and treats. Get a bonus prize if you show up in a horse-themed costume in honor of the museum’s new exhibit.

Cost: Free

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

When: Oct. 29, 7 p.m.

Where: Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

What: Get in the spirit with a screening of the 1920 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Dorothy Papadakos will play the Casavant organ alongside the silent film.

Tickets: $25-$60

Mission Underpants Superhero Costume Party

When: Oct. 29, 6:30-10 p.m.

Where: The Arts Asylum

What: Dress up as your favorite superhero and help local kids receive new, clean underwear, something that isn’t readily available to the underserved, through Project Change, Inc.

Tickets: $60

Wornall House Ghost Tours

When: Oct 30-31

Where: The John Wornall House

What: Do ghosts walk the halls of the Wornall House? Find out for yourself during a tour of the property and a rundown of its spooky history, which includes being used as an operating room during the Civil War.

Tickets: $15

Underwater Pumpkin Carving

When: Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 11 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Sealife Aquarium

What: Come see one of the most unique Halloween activities you’ll find in KC. Dare we say it’s fintastic?

Tickets: $11-$19


When: Oct. 30-Nov. 1; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Legoland Discovery Center

What: Costume contests, pumpkins made of Legos, a special Halloween Factory brick, monsters and more await you and your little ghouls.

Tickets: $15.30-$18

Operation Jack Zombie Run

When: Oct. 31, 8 a.m.

Where: Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park

What: Dress up and make a run for it at this kids fun run, 5K and half marathon benefitting the local Autism Society branch.

Cost: $15-$60

Boos, Barks & Badges

When: 10 a.m.-noon

Where: Downtown Lee’s Summit

What: Families and their dogs are encouraged to dress up and watch a costume parade and compete for best costume prizes afterward, when kids can also trick-or-treat at area businesses.

Cost: Free

Canines can don costumes at the Independence Halloween Parade too.

Independence Halloween Parade

When: Oct. 31, 10 a.m.

Where: Independence Square

What: The Independence Chamber of Commerce again hosts one of the largest Halloween parades in the Midwest.

Cost: Free

Downtown Overland Park Trick-or-Treating

When: Oct. 31 2-4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Overland Park

What: Start at the Clock Tower patio for free bags and a map of Downtown OP businesses handing out goodies.

Cost: Free

Brookside Trick-or-Treat Street

When: Oct. 31, 3-5 p.m.

Where: Brookside

What: Get a safe head start on trick-or-treating at Brookside businesses, which will be passing out candy.

Cost: Free


When: Oct. 31, 3-7 p.m.

Where: Wonderscope Children’s Museum of Kansas City

What: Wonderscope gets Wonderspooky at this event including a children’s concert, trick-or-treating, a costume contest and snacks.

Tickets: $4-$10

Bacchus Bash: 13 Years of Terror

When: Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Where: Union Station

What: Who doesn’t love this annual benefit, which this year boasts 10 bars and mixed drink stations? A costume contest and music from DJ Architekt will also liven the night, and money raised benefits the Love Fund for Children.

Tickets: GA $55, VIP $85

HallowSwing: A Prohibition Costume Ball

When: Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-5 a.m.

Where: Mutual Musicians Foundation

What: This charity costume party will help raise funds for jazz radio station KOJH-104.7 and honor Kansas City’s jazz legacy with a performance from Lonnie McFadden. Plus you might see a ghost or two in the historical building.

Tickets: $35

Day of the Dead Festival

When: Nov. 1, noon-4 p.m.

Where: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

What: A fall tradition for many KC families, El Dia de los Muertos is celebrated at the Nelson with an altar installation created in collaboration with local artists, poetry and performances.

Cost: Free

Photo via the Kansas City Zoo’s Facebook page.

Great Pumpkin Smash

When: Nov. 7-8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: Kansas City Zoo

What: Pumpkins become irresistible enrichment and play things for the animals at the zoo. Take your little creature to watch.

Tickets: $10.50-$13.50