It’s a wicked fun time of year in Kansas City — the nighttime air is getting crisp, the leaves are changing colors and our minds are buzzing with ghoulish costumes to wear on the spookiest night of the year — Halloween. From family-friendly activities, like visiting a local pumpkin patch, to getting totally spooked at one of the local haunted houses, there are plenty of things to do and see across the Kansas City metro for people of all ages and interests, all month long. As Kansas City’s local PEO since 1988, we know a thing or two about the best local activities this time of year. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Kansas City every October.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
A visit to a local pumpkin patch is a great opportunity to get outdoors, enjoy the fall weather, make memories, support local farmers AND find the perfect pumpkin! With so many different shapes, colors and sizes, it truly is fun to search for that perfect jack-o-lantern.
- Carolyn’s Country Cousins. This working farm is open every day through October 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Features include a pumpkin patch, pumpkinator, petting farm, wagon rides and more. Click here for more information.
- Louisburg Cider Mill. The Louisburg Cider Mill pumpkin patch and corn maze, located at 14730 K68 Highway in Louisburg, Kansas, is now open daily through October 31. Admission price for individuals three years and older is $10 and includes the 10-acre pumpkin patch, hay wagon ride, mount sunflower slide, access to 10-acre pumpkin patch, petting zoo, bee hive and more. Pumpkins sold separately. Click here for more information.
- Johnson Farms. Johnson Farms features over 50-acres of pumpkins and other decorative fall produce, plus apple trees, gorgeous fall mums, a sunflower field, farm animals and children’s play area. Johnson Farms is located southwest of Belton, Missouri, at 177th and Holmes Road. Click here for more information.
- Powell Pumpkins. One of Kansas City’s most traditional pumpkin patches, Powell boasts free access to experience their 35-acre pumpkin patch, with pumpkins and corn maze admission at an additional price. Open daily through October 31, Powell is located at 25695 Spring Valley Road in Louisburg, Kansas. Click here for more information.
- KC Pumpkin Patch. Located right in Olathe, Kansas, family-owned KC Pumpkin Patch offers more than 50 attractions for children and adults. KC oKCtoberfest takes place October 17-20. Tickets available online or at the door for $15. Click here for more information.
Check out Kansas City’s Fall Foliage
It comes as no surprise to us that Kansas City was named by TripAdvisor as one of the “15 Best American Cities for Viewing Autumn Foliage.” Thanks to VisitKC for highlighting some of the top destinations within the city to see vivid fall colors. Here are some of the top spots:
- Loose Park. This beautiful park is located in Midtown at 5100 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri.
- Shawnee Mission Park. Located at 7900 Renner Road in Shawnee, the park features a 120-acre lake, 11 shelters, numerous picnic areas, nature trails, a 44-acre dog off-leash area, and mountain biking and hiking trails.
- Longview Lake and Park. Longview Park, located at 11100 View High Drive, in Kansas City, attracts over one million visitors each year and features a 930-acre lake, four-mile nature trail, six-mile bicycle trail and more.
- Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Over 300 acres of meticulous landscapes, gardens and trails await at the Overland Park Arboretum located at 8909 W. 179th Street in Overland Park.
- Cliff Drive Scenic Byway. Located in George E. Kessler Park at Chestnut Trafficway and Cliff Drive in historic Northeast Kansas City. Cliff Drive is closed to motor vehicles every Wednesday through Sunday to allow walkers, runners and bicyclists to enjoy the scenery without fear of traffic. Click here for more information.
- Powell Gardens. Located 15 minutes east of Lee’s Summit in Kingsville, Missouri, Powell Gardens boasts 915 acres of breathtaking scenic views. Click here for more information.
Get Spooked at a Haunted House
If the Halloween season isn’t complete without a good scare, you’re in luck. Kansas City is home to nationally recognized haunted houses, in addition to real homes that are rumored to actually be haunted by actual ghosts. Here are some of the well-known haunted destinations:
- Beast. Ranked by America Haunts as one of the top five haunted attractions in 2019, Beast promises to scare visitors out of their wits. The medieval time warp features a live alligator, werewolves, phantoms and monsters. Tickets are available online or at the door for $27-$42 plus service fee. Attraction open through November 2. Click here for more information.
- Edge of Hell. Full of updates for its 45th year, Edge of Hell takes visitors through a five-story warehouse converted into a haunted house. If you haven’t experienced Kansas City’s oldest haunted houses, add this to your Halloween bucket list. Not recommended for children under age 10. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available online or at the door for $27-$42 plus service fee. Attraction open through November 2. Click here for more information.
- Macabre Cinema. At Macabre Cinema, visitors don’t sit back a watch, the live the more than 30 dramatic horror scenes spread throughout the 1930s, four-level movie theater. For those who dare, a dungeon awaits. Located in the historic West Bottoms Entertainment District off the 12th street bridge in Kansas City. Tickets are available online or at the door for $27-$42 plus service fee. Attraction open through November 2. Click here for more information.
- Exiled: Trail of Terrors. Dare to embark on a one-mile haunted hike through a thick, dark forest full of scary freaks? Then head over to Exiled in Bonner Springs. Kids are recommended to be at least 12 years old. Tickets are available online or at the door for $25-$30. Haunt open from 7:30 p.m. - midnight on October 11-12, October 25-26, October 31 and November 1-2. Click here for more information.
- Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt. As darkness falls, fear awaits at Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt. Monsters have been unleashed throughout the park. Visitors will experience horrifying mazes, intense scare-zones, frightful shows and more. Haunt open Friday and Saturday nights through October 26. Tickets start at $42.
- Wornall House Ghost Tours & Paranormal Investigations. Holding the reputation as one of the most haunted locations in Kansas City, the Wornall House Ghost Tour takes participants on a tour describing its history and paranormal activity, including John Wornall’s wife, Eliza, whose spirit is said to remain at the house. Ghost tours take place October 18, 19, 25 and 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with tours leaving every 15 minutes. Click here for more information.
Experience Boo at the Zoo
- The Kansas City Zoo. On October 26 - 27, 2019 kids who visit the Kansas City Zoo can come in costume for trick or treating and Halloween themed entertainment and activities. As an added treat, visitors can watch select animals smash pumpkins both days, including langurs, black mangabeys, golden lion tamarins and baboons. Click here for more information.
Head Out for an Afternoon of Safe Trick or Treating
Disguising oneself by dressing up in the spookiest of costumes and heading out into the night ringing doorbells in search of chocolatey treats has been a tradition since ancient times. But if you’re looking for a safe spot to take your little witches and warlocks, churches and places of business will often host a variety of trick or treating events, including trunk or treating, that some families choose instead of traditional neighborhood trick or treating the night of Halloween. Here’s one of our top picks.
- Downtown Overland Park Halloween Trick or Treating. Grab your little ghosts and goblins and head over to downtown Overland Park for an afternoon of safe trick or treating, live music, face painting, balloon animals and lots of candy on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Click here for more information.
From all of us at Axcet HR Solutions, we wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween!