Local Events To Attend During “Spooky Season”


Alyssa Huffmaster

A cute pumpkin themed slide at the Kc Pumpkin Patch.

Zachariah Gunby

The spooky season is here and it’s time to go out and have some fun. There are many events to attend in the Kansas City area for Halloween scares, all of which are affordable and have a variety of things to do. 

The first place recommended is the Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt. This event includes immersive mazes, thrilling shows, haunted houses, fog-filled midways where over 400 monsters lurk, and more. It will go on from September 17-October 30. Every Thursday night they provide a unique experience in which every HAUNT maze will be open from 6:30-11 pm. Link to park hours: https://www.worldsoffun.com/calendar-and-hours. No re-entry after 8 pm. It is not recommended for children under 14 years of age. Haunt tickets cost $39.99 per person for full access passes to rides and attractions and fright lane tickets are $60 per person and provide all-access passes to rides and attractions with the ability to skip through lines. Haunt bring-a-friend tickets are $24 each for gold and platinum season pass holders for up to four friends for all-access passes. This is located at 4545 Worlds of Fun Ave, Kansas City, MO 64161. For more information go to https://www.worldsoffun.com/events/haunt

Another place to go check out is the KC Pumpkin Patch. This attraction has been said to entertain all ages with access to over fifty farm adventures like the barrel train, ninja course, zip lines, slides, games, and farm animals. Children 24 months and older are required to purchase a ticket. Tickets cost $15.95 online and $17.95 at the gate. They are open from 10 am-6 pm every Friday-Sunday in October, the last Friday-Sunday in November, and the first Friday-Sunday in December. Pets are not allowed. This is located at 13875 S. Gardner Road Olathe, KS 66061. For more information, go to https://www.kcpumpkinpatch.com/things-to-do/hours-tickets

The next place to go check out is the Macabre Cinema Haunted House. Here you can experience the action of classic and contemporary horror scenes through a haunted 1930s movie theater with four floors of thrill that will take your breath away trying to escape. Inside are clowns, zombies, ghouls, and more. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. It opens at 7:30 pm almost every night. To check out their calendar use this link: https://www.macabrecinema.com/calendar.html. Macabre Cinema single tickets cost $27.00 (plus $5.00 service fee) (plus tax) per person and this includes a one-time entry to the Macabre Cinema haunted attraction. The Macabre Cinema single VIP ticket tickets cost $57.00 (plus $5.00 service fee) (plus tax) per person and this includes a one-time VIP entry to Macabre Cinema haunted attraction. There are many emergency exits along the way but refunds will not be provided. This is located at 1222 W 12th ST Suite A, Kansas City, MO 64101. For more information go to https://www.macabrecinema.com

Another recommend event to go check out is the Boo Bash Walk Through Boo! At this event, there will be several events including trail spooks, music, hayrides, giveaways, and lots of candy. All ages are welcome. This is going to be taking place on Thursday, October 28 but in case of inclement weather, it will be held on Friday, October 29. It will cost $1 per person for a single entry and $2 per person for a raffle entry where goodie bags are offered. All attendees are required to purchase a wristband at City Hall and they are sold only through Thursday, October 28 at 12 pm. There will be six sessions to choose from every 30 minutes from 5:30-8 pm. No strollers and no pets allowed. Refunds will also not be given. This event is located at 32501 W. 159th St. Gardner, KS 66030. For more information go to https://www.gardnerkansas.gov/government/departments-and-divisions/parks-and-recreation/activities-special-events/special-events/boo-bash-2019

Another recommendation is Louisburg Cider Mill and Country Store. This place is open year-round but has different events going on from Friday, September 17-Sunday, October 31 including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, cider fest, and more. At the pumpkin patch, the pumpkins will range anywhere from $3-$25 depending on the size. Children 2 and under are free. On Mondays-Thursdays, they are open from 8 am to 6 pm and it costs $8.99 per person. Fridays and Saturdays are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and it costs $12.99. On Sundays, they are open from 9 am to 6 pm and it costs $12.99. Snack and drink concessions and food vendors will be available around the place periodically. The Louisburg Country Store is best known for its apple cider, fruit butter, and lost trail soda but to what else they sell check out https://louisburgcidermill.com/products. This is located at 14730 K68 Highway Louisburg, Kansas, USA 66053. For more information go check out https://louisburgcidermill.com

The last place to go check out is Jack’s Hollow. This is a drive-through haunt that features a group of amateur haunters and lots of spooky decorations along the way. They are open Fridays and Saturdays this October, excluding Saturday the 23rd from 7-10 pm. They may be open later if there is a long line to ensure anyone who waited gets in. This event is free but they encourage bringing one new, unwrapped toy, suitable for a child 0-16 years of age or a cash donation. This is a charity haunt for a local organization called ‘Secret Santa’, which provides Christmas gifts for kids who would otherwise go without. This is a family-friendly event but parents of younger children should use some caution as some areas may be a little frightening. This is located at 30450 West 143rd St. Gardner, KS 66030. For more information go check out https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Charity-Organization/Jacks-Hollow-198494646880366.