Boo to you: 2019 Guide to Halloween fun in the Heartland

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Halloween means costumes, candy, and tons of fun! Heartland Weekend wants to help you make the most of the spooky season!


Trick or Treating
October 31

Cape Girardeau, MO
Cape Town Senior Living will be handing out candy from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s at 2857 Cape La Croix Road.

Trick or Treating in New Madrid
October 31

New Madrid, MO
Trick or treating will be Halloween night from dusk until 9 p.m. The police department reminds trick or treaters to watch for traffic and only go to houses with the light on.

Trick or Treating in Dexter
October 31

Dexter, MO
The Dexter Police Department encourages all trick-or-treaters to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Trick or treating in the City will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Halloween costume contest and parade
October 31

Steele, MO
The Steele Chamber of Commerce is reminding residents that the annual costume contest and parade will start at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Church of Christ on West Main St. and the parade will end at the First Baptist Church on South Walnut Street. There will be a trunk-or-treat event on the church parking lot. Parents are encouraged to make sure their children wear light-colored costumes, add reflective tape to the costume, only go to houses with porch lights on and for children to always be accompanied by an adult. Trick-or-Treat hours will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Halloween Trivia
October 26

Cape Girardeau, MO
Cape Girardeau Police Explorers Post 4230 is hosting a Halloween Trivia on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. It will be on the Concourse, 429 N. Broadview. It will be $20 per head, $120 per table for a table of 8. Come out for a fun night while supporting the Police Explorers. Drinks, a raffle and more. Prizes for best costume, but costumes are not required. BYOB. Outside food is welcome but must be store-bought.

6th Annual Pumpkin Palooza at Glenn House
October 27

Cape Girardeau, MO
This free event is sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University’s Continuing Education and the Historical Association of Greater Cape Girardeau, will be held at the Glenn House, located at 325 S. Spanish St., from 2-5 p.m., weather permitting. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own pumpkins, and patterns. Tools, tarps, paints, paintbrushes and candles will be provided. Activities will also include a costume contest with judging scheduled for 4 p.m.; creepy crafts; face painting; spooky stories; music; and a “Make No Bones About It” science area. Additionally, special Halloween tours of the Glenn House will be available for $5 per person. Spaces is limited and registration is encouraged. Register at

Trick-Art-Treat: First Friday with the Arts
October 4

Cape Girardeau, MO
Celebrate the arts with the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri. This edition of the monthly event will feature spooktacular happenings at several downtown businesses and art galleries including: Ebb & Flow Fermentations, Eden Health Spa and Salon, Free Spirit Studio, The Indie House, Caroline Thompson Studio Gallery, Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum and many more. Take in all the sites and sounds of downtown Cape Girardeau from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Haunted Grotto
October 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31

Poplar Bluff, MO
The all new Haunted Grotto is opening its doors to terrorize Poplar Bluff. Say boo starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

The Black Forest: Haunted Attraction in Cape Girardeau
October 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

Cape Girardeau, MO
Be prepared to experience the all-new Reaper’s Theater, Curse of the Swamp Witch, Dead End Maze, and MORE! The Black Forest Haunted Ghost Town has been bringing fear to Cape Girardeau for 25 years. The haunted attraction is open every Friday and Saturday in October from 7:00-10: 30 pmAdmission is $12 for adults and $8 for kids 10 and under. Fast passes will be available for $18 per person. Wait less, scream sooner! Admission is on location and CASH ONLY. Located at 2728 County Road 638 in Cape Girardeau, MO. Scare you soon.

Haunted Hall of Horror
October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 and Halloween night

Cape Girardeau, MO
Get ready to get spooked! The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department presents the Haunted Hall of Horror Fridays, Saturdays, and Halloween starting October 11. This haunted house will take you on a long, dark journey through the nooks and crannies of the A. C. Brase Arena. Those who enter should be prepared for endless mazes full of creepy clowns, 3D Freak Show, an asylum, dolls that come alive, and so much more! All ages are invited, but kids twelve and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Get your fight on from 7-11 p.m. It’s $8 per person, kids 5 and under get in free.

Hallow’s Eve at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
October 19

Burfordville, MO
Bollinger Mill State Historic Site invites you to attend the first annual All Hallow’s Eve event from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct 19. Visitors can enjoy the 19th century gristmill and the oldest covered bridge in Missouri: Burfordville Covered Bridge. A Program on Victorian mourning and funeral customs begins at 4 p.m. During this program, mourning clothing and jewelry will be on display. Participants can learn about misunderstood aspects of mourning, such as the weeping veil and post-mortem photography. Following the mourning program, a special cemetery program will explain the history and science behind “witching” and its role in locating unmarked graves. Participants can also learn about cemetery symbolism and the types of trees and shrubbery often found in historic cemeteries. At 6 p.m, join professional storyteller Marilyn Kinsella as she returns to tell more spooky stories around the bonfire. Please bring a lawn chair for seating. Refreshments will be provided after the storytelling.

Halloween at the Museum
October 19 & 20

Cape Girardeau, MO
The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus is hosting a “Halloween at the Museum” open house Oct. 19 and 20. The Crisp Museum will be open from 1-4 p.m. both days. These events are free and open to the public. During the open house, guests can make take-home, Halloween-themed crafts including miniature wooden jack-o’-lanterns, rag monsters and Tiki creatures. Additionally, visitors are also encouraged to bring their own pumpkin to carve, and the Museum will provide tools and patterns.

Halloween Hoopla
October 25

Cape Girardeau, MO
This spooktacular event includes a costume contest beginning and other fun Halloween activities including pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling, trick or treat bags, & more! Come dressed up ready for a fun night! Say trick-or-treat during Halloween Hoopla on Friday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. For ages 12 & under and the cost is $5 per child. All tickets are sold at the door.

Oliver House All Hallow’s Eve Family Night
October 26

Jackson, MO
Enjoy a hauntingly fun evening at the Oliver House. There will be carnival games, face painting, a photo booth, and tours of the home. Each event requires 1 to 2 tickets. Prices for tickets are $1/ticket, $5/6 tickets or $10/12 tickets. Doors open from 3 to 7 p.m.

Monster Mash Car Bash Cruise-In
October 27

Cape Girardeau, MO
What happens when you combine Halloween candy and classic cars? You get the the Monster Mash Car Bash, a new event hosted by Old Town Cape, Inc. Families and classic car drivers are invited to this unique spin on the traditional Trunk-or-Treat events. On Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3:00 p.m., classic cars are invited to a Halloween-themed cruise-in at the Old Town Cape, Inc. parking lot located at 35 S. Spanish Street, and will then fill their trunks with candy for the Trunk-or-Treat. Kids can fill up a bucket with candy from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be plenty of FREE fun for everyone. Two awards will also be given out at the event for classic car drivers, “best-decorated vehicle” and “best costume.” Entry to the event for classic cars is at least two bags of candy.

Cape Girardeau Police Trick or Treat
October 31

Cape Girardeau, MO
Cape Girardeau Police Department officers will be handing out candy this Halloween at a couple different locations. If you’re out trick-or-treating, be sure to stop by, say hi, and get some treats! Fill up on sweet treats at police headquarters in the front parking lot from 5 to 7 p.m. or at the Maple United Methodist Church from 5 to 7 p.m.

Dexter Trick or Treat
October 31

Dexter, MO
Dexter Parks and Recreation is hosting “The Halloween Happening” in East Park on Oct. 31. This is a way for families to trick-or-treat in a fun and safe environment. Dress up for a costume contest, there will be live music and food trucks on site.




Haunted Hollow
October 27

Carbondale, IL
Fall family fun festival will be Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1-4 p.m. Seven of Touch of Nature’s cabins in Camp 2 will now include themed activities. Visitors can learn about tracking the Big Muddy Monster, things that go bump in the night and a witch’s brew of irritating flora and fauna. The first 100 children with adults will get to decorate and take home a pumpkin. Check out an exhibit called “Beyond the Mask: Nature’s Incredible Camouflage” Touch of Nature will also open up its Camp 2 zipline. Other events include a haunted hayride, a kid-friendly haunted cabin, frightening foods and a climbing wall. Those attending will also get to learn about and hold snakes, lizzards and other critters. The deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $7 for this ages 14 and older and $5 for children ages 6-13. Children age five and younger are free. You can click here for more information.

Pickin’ at the Patch
October 12

Alto Pass, IL
Fall into the season during Pickin’ at the Patch at Rendleman Orchards in Alto Pass. The fall market day features creative vendors of Vintage, Primitives, Rust & Junk, Antique and Handmade items! Food, shopping, along with our fresh-picked apples, apple cider donuts and cider slushes will make for a great fall junkin’ atmosphere around the pumpkin patch! There will be outdoor photo booths in the patch to help you remember Fall Market Day! There will be Alpacas! Oh, and don’t forget music, apple cider sangria, wine and craft beer! Admission is $3. Some of the proceeds will go to support Bald Knob Cross. Children 12 & under free.

Carbondale Halloween 2019
October 26

Carbondale, IL
Carbondale, Illinois will have the spooky sounds you crave just before Halloween. The town is hosting a Halloween celebration featuring live music from 4 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 26. The musicians will play at the Washington Street Venue at the corner of Washington St. and Illinois 13. If you’re not there to rock, out there will be plenty of other family-friendly activities. Food and beverages will be available for purchase as well. The Carbondale Halloween Committee has announced an official 2019 concert line up.

Haunted Forest Hayride and Trick or Treat Event
October 26

Ozark, IL
Join us for the 3rd Camp Ondessonk Haunted Forest Hayride and Trick or Treat Event on Saturday, October 26th from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission will be $5 per person, no charge for kids 3 and under. Climb aboard if you dare and disappear into the depths of the Shawnee National Forest. After your hayride, follow a map and hit all of our trick-or-treat stations to collect a selection of Halloween goodies.

Trek N’ Treat at Giant City State Park
October 26

Makanda, IL
Come to Giant City State Park as we kick off Halloween in the park with a “Trek N’ Treat” event on Saturday, October 26 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Hike the Devil’s Standtable trail for an easy, self-guided hike through the beautiful forest.
Along the trail, families will meet creature characters who will teach them about some of the wonderful and most misunderstood creatures that call Giant City home. Treats and goodies will be available for all the hikers. The trail is approximately 1/3 of a mile in length and will take 20-30 minutes to hike. Bring a treat bag or bucket.

Sinister House Haunted Attraction
Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2

De Soto, IL
You never know what may appear out of the darkness inside Sinister House. The haunted attraction features all sorts of scary sites. Tickets cost $18 for general admission. Sinister House is open Fridays at Saturday’s through November 2, from 7 to midnight, as well as Sunday Nov. 27 and on Halloween Oct. 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Marion P.D. Halloween Spooktacular
October 26

Marion, IL
The Marion Police Department is hosting its 4th annual Halloween Spooktacular at Rent One Park on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. Police say this year’s events will be the best yet.

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