Halloween festivities across the country may not have been in full swing last year, but in 2021 there’s no shortage of thrilling old traditions and enchanting new experiences waiting around each corner. From hair-raising haunted houses to shadowy corn mazes and magical pumpkin patches, there’s something fun for everyone in Kansas City this Halloween!
As Kansas City’s local PEO since 1988, we have you covered with a complete list of the best things to do in Kansas City this Halloween. For a frighteningly good time, we recommend these Kansas City Halloween events 2021:
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
A visit to a local pumpkin patch is a great way to usher in the change in seasons, support local farmers and pick a pumpkin or two from the patch! Here are our favorite pumpkin patches on both sides of the state line (updated for 2021):
Carolyn’s Country Cousins
This working farm is open every day of the week except on Tuesdays, from September 18 through October 31. Sunday, Monday and Wednesday visit between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the farm is open another hour until 7 p.m. Features include a pumpkin patch; pumpkinator; petting farm; jumping pillows; wagon rides; train rides; carousel rides; pig races and live music on the weekends; and more. Single tickets range from $13.95 to $26.95 depending on the day of the week and add-on activities. Admission includes a train ride, a spin on the carousel, the petting barn, a wagon ride into the pumpkin field, and dozens of other activities. Visit Carolyn’s Country Cousins website for more information.
Liberty Corn Maze
While not a pumpkin patch, Liberty Corn Maze is located right next to Carolyn’s Country Cousins pumpkin patch. This year’s corn maze theme is the Lewis and Clark Expedition. It highlights the Corps of Discovery mission that Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are known for exploring. The corn maze is open Fridays (5 - 10 p.m.), Saturdays (10 a.m. - 10 p.m.) and Sundays (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) now through October 31. Last admission is 3 p.m. on Halloween and the corn maze will close promptly at 4 p.m. Admission is $11.38 for adults (ages 13 and up) and $13.27 for children (ages 3 - 12). Be sure to wear clothes suitable for being outdoors, including shoes that could get muddy. For nighttime corn maze goers, don’t forget a flashlight! Combo tickets to visit Carolyn’s Country Cousins pumpkin patch and Liberty Corn Maze can be purchased through both businesses at the rate of $26.95 per ticket. Find out more about the Liberty Corn Maze here.
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. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($8.99 admission fee), Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ($12.99 admission fee), and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($12.99 admission fee). Admission includes access to the 10-acre pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay wagon ride, mount sunflower slide, beehive exhibit, petting zoo, and more. Pumpkins, jump pillow bands, and food and drinks are sold separately. This year’s corn maze theme is Bee Kind. Don’t miss these upcoming Halloween events at Louisburg Cider Mill:
- Zombie Forest Night on Saturday, October 16 from 6:30 - 10:00 p.m. Costumes, live music, bonfire, hayrides and more!
- Burning Scarecrow on Saturday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. Live music, bonfire, hayrides and flashlight lit corn maze fun!
- Costume Weekend on October 29, 30 and 31. Wear your Halloween costume for $2 off the price of admission.
- Cider & Spiders, Tricks & Treats on Saturday, October 31. Trick or treating, kids music show and costume contest.
Johnson Farms is a 140-acre working farm that 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. Johnson Farms is open every day from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. with the latest entrance into the pumpkin farm at 5 p.m. Admission is $13.99. Reservations are required and can be made online. Pets are not allowed on the farm. Visit this link to help plan your fall trip to Johnson Farms.
Powell Pumpkin Patch
One of Kansas City’s most traditional pumpkin patches, Powell boasts free access to their 35-acre pumpkin patch, hayrack rides, a nature trail and playground. Admission to the corn maze is $5.00 for adults (ages 12 and over) and $3 for children (ages 6-12). Pumpkins can be purchased at varying amounts. Powell is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 31 and is located at 25695 Spring Valley Road in Louisburg, Kansas. The corn maze closes at 5 p.m. Cash, check and credit card payments are accepted. Here’s what you need to know before visiting Powell Pumpkin Patch.
KC Pumpkin Patch
Located right in Olathe, Kansas, family-owned KC Pumpkin Patch offers more than 50 attractions for children and adults including the barrel train, NINJA course, zip lines, Slides, games, farm animals and pumpkin patch admission. Hours of operation are Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tickets are available online for $15.95. Admission includes all attractions except Apple Cannon, Gemstone Mine, Buried Alive Haunt, concessions, pumpkins and fall decorations. A full list of attractions can be found here. Click here for more KC Pumpkin Patch information.
Faulkner’s Pumpkin Ranch
Located in South Kansas City, Faulkner’s Pumpkin Ranch spans 25-acres and includes a corn maze, petting farm and play area with more than 25 interactive activities. All pumpkins are pre-picked and available at an additional fee. Hours of operation are Mondays through Thursdays from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Starting on October 18, weekday hours change to 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Admission is $10 Mondays through Fridays and $15 Saturdays and Sundays. Optional attractions that require the purchase of Falkner’s Funny Money tokens include pony rides, ziplines, the corn cannon and mechanical bulls. Tickets are limited and must be purchased online to guarantee admission. To purchase tickets, visit Faulkner’s Pumpkin Ranch's website here.
Get Spooked at a Kansas City 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 Kansas City haunted houses 2021:
- 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 or $42 plus a service fee. Attraction is open on weekends and select Thursdays through November 6. Here’s what you can expect from Beast.
- Edge of Hell. Celebrating its 47th 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 a service fee. Attraction is open through November 6. Visit the Edge of Hell website here to purchase tickets and get more information.
- Macabre Cinema. At Macabre Cinema, visitors don’t just sit back and watch, they move through and experience more than 30 dramatic horror scenes spread throughout the 1930s, four-level movie theater. Actual movie sets include The Mummy, Hellraiser, Killer Clowns from Outer Space and more. 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 a service fee. Attraction is open through November 6. Interested in attending Macabre Cinema? Visit their website here.
- 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 $40-$50. Box office opens at 6 p.m. and the haunt is open from 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays in October. Closed on Halloween. Before you hit the Trail of Terrors, visit their website 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 select nights through October 30. Halloween Haunt is frightening after 6:30 p.m. and not recommended for children under 14. Tickets can be purchased online for as low as $39.99.
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 22, 29, 30 and 31 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with tours leaving every 15 minutes and lasting one hour. Tickets range in price from $15 - $30. Be sure to reserve your spot for Wornall House Ghost Tours in advance here.
Apex Paranormal and Haunted Vail Mansion
Apex Paranormal will lead guests on a 1 hour ghost tour through haunted Vaile Mansion located at 1500 North Liberty Street in Independence sharing all the stories of the ghostly encounters and apparitions that lurk the halls. Following the tour, Apex will divide the guests into smaller groups and lead them on a mini ghost hunt to try and interact with the spirits of the mansion. Ghost tours take place October 22, 23 and 24. For more information on Haunted Vail Mansion tours, visit this website.
Experience Boo at the Zoo
The Kansas City Zoo
On October 30-31 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 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. Boo at the Zoo is included with the price of admission. If Boo in the Zoo sounds spooktacular, check back for 2022 information.
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