Want to get a lot of wear from this year’s Halloween costume?
We’ve gathered a cauldron full of fun places to visit, whether you’re dressing up as a princess, pirate or pumpkin (three of this year’s traditional, but popular costumes).
Halloween at Grant’s Farm
When: 6-9 p.m. Oct. 15-18, 22-25, 29 and 30
Where: Grant’s Farm, 10501 Gravois Road, St. Louis
What: Begins with a tram ride in the dark to the center of the park with ghosts and goblins lighting the way. There’s also food, carousel rides, a DJ for kids in the Bauernhof courtyard, Halloween-themed animal shows and pumpkin decorating.
Parking cost: $20 per car, or $50 per bus/RV; event is free.
Information: www.grantsfarm.com or 314 843-1700
The Great Pumpkin Patch Express
When: 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1; 5 p.m. on select dates; 4:30, 6 and 7 p.m. on Fridays Oct. 23 and Oct. 30
What: The Great Pumpkin Patch Express 30-minute train ride is based on the popular Peanuts story “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” The view from the train will include Busch Stadium, the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River. Riders will listen to themed music and hear the narration of Schulz’s story. Before the ride, Peanuts characters will greet passengers and pose for photos at the Union Station Pumpkin Patch. Pick, decorate and bring home the perfect pumpkin, enjoy cider and sugar cookies, write a letter to the Great Pumpkin, and take part in festive, family activities. Kids (and parents) are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.
Good advice: Arrive 90 minutes ahead. Ample parking will be available under the Train Shed at St. Louis Union Station for a discounted price of $5 on event days.
Cost: $25 for children; $35 for adults. Children under 2 are free if they sit on a lap.
Where: St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market St., downtown St. Louis
Information: http://www.stlpumpkinexpress.com/#sthash.K2ZCWtPU. Also, limited handicap accessible seating is available. Call 314 942-6942 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Boo at the Zoo
When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16-30, plus Spooky Saturday Party on Oct. 24 where children of all ages can trick-or-treat along the Zoo's Pumpkin Trail and join in a costume parade.
Where: St. Louis Zoo
What: Friendly Halloween fun that includes singing pumpkins, storytellers, a mystery straw maze, Fragile Forest Fairyland, Eyeball Alley and much more. The carousel becomes the Scare-ou-sel. Take a ride for $3. Make a creepy craft in the Herpetarium. This year’s Boo at the Zoo souvenir T-shirt features an orangutan dressed as Mario. The long-sleeve white cotton shirt can be purchased online at www.stlzoo.org/boonights or by calling 314 646-4771. Prices range from $11-$19 for toddler to adult sizes.
Admission: $6 for members; $7 for non-members. Each child between the ages of 2 and 12 dressed in costume will receive a $1 discount on admission when tickets are purchased at the door. Children under 2 get in free. Ages 12 and under are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.
Information: See website for the Zoo’s costume policy. Purchase tickets online at www.stlzoo.org/boonights, by phone at 314 646-4771, or at the door. Proceeds benefit the Zoo in its efforts to save endangered species at home and around the world.
Parking: Their treat. It’s free.
Magic House’s Not-So-Haunted House
When: noon-9 p.m. Friday Oct. 23 and Friday, Oct. 30; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 31; and 11 am. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 1
Where: The Magic House, 516 S Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122
What: Kids of all ages are invited to dress in their most “boo” tiful Halloween costumes and have a ghoulishly good time trick-or-treating and getting autographs from their favorite storybook characters at this candy-free celebration. The 15 storybook characters include favorites from Peter Pan, Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland.
Special event: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Kids can participate in a cardio dance party that includes an interactive demonstration by a St. Louis Children’s Hospital chef and a scavenger hunt.
Contact: www.magichouse.org/events-special.php or 314-822-8900
Highland News Leader Trick or Treat Trail
When: Friday, Oct. 23
What: Afternoon scavenger hunt for children 10 and under. Children wear their costumes and receive treats as well as clues for the scavenger hunt.
Where: on the square downtown, Highland
Dierbergs’ Scare Halloween Event
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24
What: Kids are invited to wear costumes and participate in fun activities. There will be face painting, balloon artists, and trick-or-treating throughout the store. Kids can also make a Glazed Ghoul in the bakery.
Where: 6671 Edwardsville Crossing Drive, Edwardsville
Information: dierbergs.com or 618-307-3800
Halloween on the Farm
When: 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24
What: Kids ages 10 to 14 can celebrate Halloween at the Farm at this spooktacular one-time event. They'll roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the fire, go on a haunted trail hike, tell ghost stories, enjoy a hayride and carve up some Halloween jack-o’-lanterns. Please wear costumtes.
Where: Willoughby Farm, 631 Willoughby Lane, Collinsville
Cost: $16 for non-residents, $14 for residents. Reservations are requested.
House Booterflies Halloween party
When: 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24
Where: Butterfly House in Faust Park.15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO
What: Step into the wonder and beauty of butterflies, insects, spiders and their many-legged friends. Event includes games, crafts and special treats for kids after they visit the Treat Houses located throughout the butterfly garden.
Cost: $8; members get a $4 discount. Reservations are required.
Information and to register: www.butterflyhouse. or call 636-530-0076.
Purina Farms Haunted Hayloft
When: Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 23-25
Where: Purina Farms, 200 Checkerboard Drive, Gray Summit, Mo.
What: Not-so-scary Halloween entertainment just for kids at the Purina Farms Haunted Hayloft. Kids can go trick-or-treating, enjoy magic shows, face painting, storytelling, participate in a costume contest, experience high-flying canine performances and take a look at adoptable dogs. Costume contest winners receive a $25 Purina Farms gift card, one per age group: 5 and under and ages 6-12.
Information and reservations: purinafarms.com or 314-982-3232
Collinsville Fall Festival
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24
Where: Downtown Collinsville, 221 W. Main St.
What: Fun, family festivities that include trick-or-treating, a chili cookoff from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a children’s costume contest at noon, and a pet parade that steps off from the Dog Park at 2 p.m.
Information: Visit downtowncollinsville.com/events/fall-festival or call 618-558 1372
Columbia Halloween Hi-Jinks
When: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24
Where: Historic Main Street, Columbia
What: Main Street merchants have stocked up on treats for the little princesses, ghosts and all.
Information: http://www.columbiaillinois.com/Calendar or 618-281-7144
The Healthy, History-Lovin’ Halloween Party
When: 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27
Where: St. Louis History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo.
What: Put on your costume and get moving and grooving at the museum. This is a candy-free event, but kids will receive plenty of goodies. Go trick-or-treating in the galleries and learn fun facts along the way, get down in the Halloween disco dance party room, and make Halloween crafts. At 5:45 or 6:30, join Leverage Dance Theater for DanceOween. This 30-minute interactive performance is designed to introduce kids to creative movement and dance. Kids will be invited to join dancers onstage.
Information: www.mohistory.org or 314-746-4599
When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29
Where: St. Louis Science Center in Forest Park, 5050 Oakland Ave, St. Louis, Mo.
What: Wear a costume and take part in hands-on spooky science projects. Create your own slime. See a live owl-demonstration from the World Bird Sanctuary. Watch pumpkins go splat from the highest floor of the Science Center. View the night sky through a telescope. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and “Room on the Broom,” in the Omnimax Theater and Planetarium. General admission is free. Additional fees apply for some spooky programming. Visitors over 12, please leave your mask at home.
Information: http://www.slsc.org/sciencespooktacular#sthash.veRfIuLs.dpuf or 314-289-4400
Downtown Belleville Trick or Treat
When: 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30
What: The Optimist Club of Belleville will be providing refreshments and giveaways
Where: downtown Belleville
O’Fallon’s Pumpkin Patch & Rotary Club Children’s Parade
When: noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.
Where: Downtown O’Fallon
What: Three O’Fallon Rotary clubs sponsor a children’s bike parade in downtown O'Fallon in conjunction with the Downtown O’Fallon Merchants trick-or-treating at various businesses. Polaroid pictures are taken, at no charge, of the children in their Halloween costumes in front of a colorful hay bale background. Costume judging, 12:45 p.m. (register at State and Vine); parade at 1.
Halloween at the Confluence
When: 2-4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31
Where: The Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower, a 180-foot-tall tower on the Illinois bank of the Mississippi River at the confluence of it and the Missouri River; 435 Confluence Tower Drive, Hartford,
What: Spiderman will greet his fans during the Tower’s Halloween Festival. Kids are invited to wear costumes, have their faces painted or just enjoy some great Halloween treats.
Admission: $1 for children; $4 for adults for Spiderman Meet and Greet
Contact: www.confluencetower.com or 618 251-9101