Trick or Treat: the Heartland’s Guide to Halloween Fun

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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!



First Frightday
October 5

Cape Girardeau, MO
Join us on October 5 from 6-8 pm for our First Frightday Halloween Party at Discovery Playhouse! The event is $5 per child, $3 per member child, and adults get in for free! We’ll have activities like bobbing for apples, mummy making, face painting, and much more. Come dressed up and have a spooktacular time with us! Call ahead to reserve your spot at (573)335-7529.

The Black Forest: Haunted Attraction in Cape Girardeau
October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26,27

Cape Girardeau, MO
Be prepared to experience the all-new Cain’s Asylum, Scarecrow’s Revenge, and Industrial Dead scare zones! We’re open every Friday and Saturday in October from 7:00-10: 30 pmAdmission is $10 for adults and $7 for kids 10 and under. Fast passes will be available for $15 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 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 31

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 12. It’s held each year at A.C. Brase Arena from 7-11 p.m. It’s $8 per person, kids 5 and under get in free.

Halloween Storytelling at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
October 19

Burfordville, MO
Bollinger Mill State Historic Site is hosting Halloween Storytelling Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in Burfordville. 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. Please bring a lawn chair for seating. Refreshments will be provided after the storytelling.

HallowCon Missouri
October 20

Farmington, MO
This is an art, music, and culture convention that will be held at the Farmington VFW. Live art demonstrations, opportunities to meet local artists, authors and creators, photo opportunities, vendor table trick-or-treating, and food drive for local food pantries. The event runs from 10 a.m. until noon.

Halloween Hoopla
October 26

Cape Girardeau, MO
This spooktacular event includes a costume contest beginning at 7:30 p.m. and other fun Halloween activities including pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling, trick or treat bags, & more! Come to the Shawnee Park Center dressed up ready for a fun night! The event runs from 6-8 p.m. Call 573.339.6340 for more information. For ages 12 & under. COST: $5.00 per child. All tickets will be sold at the door on Oct. 26, 2018

Trunk or Treat
October 26

Jackson, MO
Join the Jackson Girl Scouts for a fun, safe way to Trick-or-Treat! Girl Scout Troops will decorate their cars and hand out candy in the Jackson City Pool Parking lot. The event runs from 6-8 p.m. and will take place rain or shine.

2018 Freakytown
October 27

Fredericktown, MO
Families can come to enjoy a haunted house, candy, games, costume contest and more! It takes place at Fredericktown Court Square and Main Streets. The event runs from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

All Hallow’s Eve Family Night at the Oliver House
October 27

Jackson, MO
Join us at the Oliver House in Jackson for some old-fashioned Halloween fun & games. The house will also be open for tours with a Halloween twist. The event runs from 4-8 p.m. Tickets are $1/ticket, $5/6 tickets, or $10/12 tickets. Most of the activities are 1-2 tickets each.

24th Annual Halloween Happenings at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park
October 27

Lesterville, MO
This annual event kicks off with a pumpkin hunt at 7 a.m. Campers will have the day to search for pumpkins to earn some great prizes. Be forewarned, the winning pumpkins will be hard to find! Later that evening, kids will have the opportunity to trick or treat from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., hosted by the campers. Costume judging will be from 6:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., followed by the pumpkin carving contest judging at 7:15 p.m. Prizes in both events will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for kids and adults.

Roar Fest
October 27

Ste. Genevieve, MO
Join us for Roar Fest! What better way to spend celebrate Halloween than by dressing up and coming to see our tigers. We will begin with a special tour during which the Tigers will receive special Halloween enrichment and we will go up onto our observation deck. Followed by a costume contest and candy! Admission is $10 per person, kids in costume are only $5. No reservations required.

Halloween Bash at Sam A. Baker State Park
October 27

Wayne County, MO
Calling all goblins, ghosts, and creatures of the night. Join us for an evening of Halloween frights…and fun! Come to Sam A. Baker State Park for the 4th annual Halloween Bash – It’s Haunting in the Park. The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the new Mudlick Mountain Grill and Shelter #1. The event is free and open to the public.

Pumpkin Palooza 2018
October 28

Cape Girardeau, MO
This community-based event provides hands-on science learning experiences, spooky storytelling, face-painting, pumpkin-carving, crafts, and service learning opportunity for Southeast students! Free and open to all ages. Pumpkin Palooza will take place on Sunday, October 28th from 1-4 p.m. at the Glenn House in downtown Cape Girardeau.

Kid’s Monster Page
October 28

Sikeston, MO
Join the Sikeston Parks and Recreation Department for our second annual Kid’s Monster Bash. Kids 10 & under are invited to this FREE event! Activities will include ghostly games, eerie music, and tons of candy!

Trunk or Treat
October 31

Leopold, MO
The K of C Ladies Auxilliary 5898 will host a trunk or treat at the Leopold KC Hall. It starts at 5:30 p.m.

Heartland Gymnastic’s Halloween Trick or Treat
October 31

Cape Girardeau, MO
This is old-fashioned trick or treating inside! All kids must be accompanied by an adult. It costs $2 per kid (cash only). The event runs from 4:30-7:30 p.m. There will be games, candy, tricks, treats, crafts, coloring, good family fun in a safe environment! HEARTLAND’S TEAM KIDS WILL EACH HAVE A BOOTH TO VISIT! HOW will YOUR favorite gymnast decorate their booth!? Come to find out!

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13th Annual SIU Glass Pumpkin Patch at SIU
October 20

Carbondale, IL
We are moving the location this year. This is an annual fundraising event for Glass Program at SIU Carbondale. The patch will feature over four hundred hand-blown glass pumpkins made by students from the School of Art and Design.
Customers can park in the parking lot (6 & 6A) in front of the Morris Library.
The previous location has been great for reaching out to the local community for the past 12 years since 2006. With the new location on the SIU campus that is right outside of the Glass studio, we would like to invite the community to the studio where students create their art and works. Pulliam Industrial Education Wing houses Glass, Ceramics, and Metal and Blacksmithing studios.

Carbondale Halloween 2018
October 26-27

Carbondale, IL
Attention Southern Illinois families, SIU Alumni, and Students! On October 26-27, Carbondale Halloween is OFFICIAL-ly coming back to town! From pumpkin races and safe Trick-or-Treating to four FREE concerts at the Washington Street Venue, lots of spine-tingling fun for everyone!

Sezmore’s Boo Bash
October 26

Murphysboro, IL
Join Sezmore for this family-friendly event at the Silkworm Annex for games, a haunted maze, free candy, and pictures! Learn how to heat press your very own Halloween t-shirt! (T-shirts will be provided free of charge and are of limited supply. First come first serve.) We will have prizes for the games and goodies to hand out to trick-or-treaters who show of their Halloween Costume!

Haunted Forest Hayride and Trick or Treat Event
October 26-27

Ozark, IL
Join us for the 2nd Camp Ondessonk Haunted Forest Hayride and Trick or Treat Event. Friday, October 26th from 8-10pm and Saturday, October 27th from 6-10pm. 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. For more information contact or call 618-695-2489. We are also seeking volunteers for this weekend. If you are interested, please contact Louise McMinn at the e-mail above.

Trick or Treat
October 27

Benton, IL
Trick or Treat hours for the City of Benton, Illinois will be on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Fall Fest will be on the same day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hope everyone has a fun filled evening!

3rd Annual Marion P.D. Halloween Spooktacular
October 27

Marion, IL
This year the Spooktacular will be held on Saturday, October 27th from 5pm-8pm at the Williamson County Fairgrounds. We hope that you ALL want to get in on the fun with us! If you want to grab a group of ghostly ghouls and goblins and host your own Trunk, or maybe just want to be an event sponsor, give us a call at the PD and we can fill you in on all the frightful fun!! Dress up, bring the kids, and come out and have a Spooktacular good time!!

Fort Massac Trunk or Treat
October 27

Metropolis, IL
October 27th from 5-7pm, come to Fort Massac State Park for a safe, fun, free and spooktacular good time. Free Hot dogs and drinks (while supplies last), bounce houses, candy, candy, and more candy!

Halloween at the Science Center
October 31

Carbondale, IL
The Science Center will be open with special holiday hours from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. We will have FREE admission for anyone in costume! Stop in for some spooky science and some sweet treats!

Trunk or Treat at Vienna City Park
October 30

Vienna, IL
**NOTE DATE CHANGE** Trunk or Treat in Vienna, IL will take place at Vienna City Park from 6:00 to 8:30 pm on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30. There will be more than 20 booths with candy and games, Zombie Paintball, inflatable QB Challenge, inflatable Safe Archery, a dragon playland for the youngsters, a 20′ Dual Lane inflatable slide, and a 30′ inflatable obstacle course. Food trucks and vendors from the area will be set up with food.


Tales from the Bloody Breathitt
October 4

Paducah, KY
Author and filmmaker Jerry Deaton always liked a good ghost story. They sent shivers up his spine. And they brought back moments in time when life was entirely different than what it is now. Deaton also knows that Breathitt County, along with Eastern Kentucky and the entire Appalachian region of America is a hotbed of ghost stories. Deaton will present ‘Tales from Bloody Breathitt’ at 7 p.m. at the McCracken County Public Library. It is free and open to the public.

Halloween Campout
October 26-28

Hardin, KY
Bring the kids and go camping one last time before it’s too cold. We’re offering a BOGOF special for the weekend. When you pay for Friday Night, you’ll get Saturday Night for free!
Decorate your campsite for a chance to win a free weekend next season! We will have candy and punch at the gatehouse on Saturday as well as activities throughout the day ending with S’mores by the campfire. The local area kids will be out trick-or-treating on Saturday so we are encouraging campers to hand out candy to the kiddos.Activities on Saturday will be from Noon until 7PM. Subject to cancellation if the weather turns bad. BOGOF deal will happen regardless of weather. Contact for more information.

Feeding Nightmares
October 30

Paducah, KY
Deception, death, and dismemberment are the ingredients of Kentucky tales that have fed nightmares for generations. Storyteller Mary Hamilton will share sample stories and reveal who told them, who collected them, and why she added them to her repertoire. The event takes place at the McCracken County Public Library at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Contact us if you know of other events.