What to do this Heartland Weekend

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Do you believe in spooks?
If yes, let's go haunting this Heartland Weekend.
Here are five ways to eat, drink, and be scary.

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The Black Forest Haunted Ghost Town

Fright this way! The Black Forest Haunted Ghost Town is back with bigger and better scares than ever before. The haunted attraction in Cape Girardeau has all new scare zones including Cain’s Asylum, Scarecrow’s Revenge, and the Industrial Dead. The Black Forest is open every Friday and Saturday in October from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for kids 10 and under.

CLICK HERE for a complete guide to haunted houses, hayrides and more.

Look for a real ghost on a haunted tour

Halloween Storytelling

Head to the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site for Halloween Storytelling this Friday. This free event features professional storyteller Marilyn Kinsella. Kinsella’s collection of stories has grown from a handful to hundreds of stories and includes personal experiences, folk tales, literary stories, and historical tales. Her style has been described as “animated” and she uses “word imaging” to color enhance the story. Bring a lawn chair for this spooktacular event. Refreshments will be provided after the storytelling.

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 19 starting at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Burfordville, MO

Guide Halloween fun

Fort Massac Encampment

Canons fire and musket’s pop – there’s smoke and lots of noise at this encampment. Sounds like the return of the annual Fort Massac Encampment. Step back in time to the turn of the century and celebrate the area’s heritage. This is one of the largest events in southern Illinois. You’re invited to taste the foods of the 1700s, see the sights of the day and hear the cannons boom and music play. Most importantly, experience History Come to Life at the Park!

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20 starting at 10 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21 starting at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis, IL

Plan your visit

semo football

Hawktoberfest

SEMO Football will take on the No. 1 team in the OVC, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, this Saturday. Get amped up before the game at the special Hawktoberfest themed tailgate. The purchase of a ticket includes a souvenir mug, samples of German-style beers, bratwurst, and a ticket to the game. In addition, your first beer at Broadway Biergarten after the game is included. CLICK HERE to get your tickets.
What’s more: Saturday’s game is also kids day. That means kids 14 and under can get in FREE. Fun activities will fill Bellevue Street outside the stadium including inflatables, a hay bale maze, face painting and more.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20 starting at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Houck Stadium, Cape Girardeau

vulture fest

VultureFest

Each fall, vultures fly over Makanda and the surrounding areas and signal the beginning of fall and the arrival of the incredible fall colors of Makanda and southern Illinois. This Saturday and Sunday enjoy live music, food, shopping, and art by local artists for purchase.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21

WHERE: Makanda, IL

Guide to all things fall

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