Halloween events in Missouri include parades but also show rather eclectic activities that include haunted mansions, a chili cook off, a family tree dance, and even a Smashing Pumpkins concert. Given this is the “Show Me State,” costumes must be popular, and Halloween is the best holiday for getting your costume on!
Haunted Brewery, Smashing Pumpkins Big in Missouri
The Lemp Mansion and the family that built one of the most successful breweries in St Louis has a history of misfortune and are said to haunt the building they lost along with their millions. Three family members committed suicide there. Meanwhile, there is a Halloween parade and chili cook off that could use some of the Lemp lager to help celebrate Halloween. Another fun activity during Halloween is the Smashing Pumpkins concert being held in St Louis. The band has some haunting songs and their album titles show the darkness reflected in many of their songs. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, The Machines of God, and Siamese Dream give a number of ideas for Halloween costumes as well as being great tunes to celebrate the holiday with.
Show Me Your Costumed Dogs, Family Tree
Seems Missourians like dressing their pets in Halloween costumes as much as they enjoy wearing them themselves. For a sparsely populated state, there are a few dog parades during Halloween. They even have them limited by weight! The growing popularity of tracing your family lineage also has a place in one Halloween event. Genealogy has become popular with many people, and Missouri throws a Halloween Dance to raise money and get more people interested in tracing their family trees.
Meanwhile, one small street in St Louis finds thousands of people descending on their well known Halloween trick or treat event, so if you are near Nottingham Street, have a look. There is also a Halloween dinner that includes great stories from the local Ghost Hunters, and a town where the mayor sets the hours for children to trick or treat – guess he showed them who’s boss!
Missouri Halloween Parades by City
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Arrow Rock: Spirits, Shadows and Secrets of Arrow Rock
Oct 26-27, 2012 6 pm – midnight
Stop by the J. Huston Tavern for an informative presentation from the Sedalia Ghost Hunters, the only T.A.P.S.-affiliated group in Missouri. These paranormal pros will show you the equipment they use in their investigations, share recordings and stories from past investigations, and answer your questions. The people break into groups and are shown to a number of haunted places in Arrow Rock.
Boonville Halloween Parade
Oct 29, 2012 6 pm Morgan Street Park
The Boonville Lions Club hosts this Halloween parade and costume contest in downtown Boonville. All participants meet at the corner of Main and Morgan. The parade begins at the park and ends at the Boonville School Admin Building parking lot. Following the parade, there is a judging for Kids Costumes and children from preschool to fifth grade in their Halloween costumes. There are five categories and three places per category, so a lot of chances to win. The Boonville High School marching band will march in the parade and have a chance to win costume prizes as well.
Cape Girardeau Haunted Hall of Horror
Oct 19-20 and 25-27 and 30-31, 2012 7 – 9 pm A.C. Brase Arena
The Cape Girardeau Parks & Recreation Department hosts this Haunted Hall of Horror at the A. C. Brase Arena. All ages are invited, but twelve and under must be accompanied by an adult. This haunted house will take you through the dark nooks and crannies of the A. C. Brase Arena. There will be monsters, scary creatures, and other chilling sights. There is a “Light Fright Night” on Sunday, October 28, offering an opportunity for parents to bring their children when there will be fewer ghouls and monsters as well as extra lighting.
Carbondale Halloween Trick or Treat
Oct 31, 2012 5 – 8 pm
Carbondale Mayor Joel Fritzler has proclaimed between 5 pm and 8 pm as the official “Trick or Treat” hours for Carbondale children. The town wants residents to welcome the children by keeping on their porch and exterior lights. He also urges that parents place reflective tape on the Halloween costumes the “Trick or Treaters” wear and check all treats for potential harmful objects.
Ellington Annual Rotary Halloween Parade
Oct 27, 2012 11:30 am
The Halloween parade is followed by the Reynolds County Rotary Club auction and barbecue. So dress up the family and join this Halloween community event.
Independence Halloween Parade
Oct 27, 2012 4 pm McCoy Park
The parade includes floats, school marching bands, dance clubs, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, tractors and classic cars. Entries are judged in four categories: Commercial Division, Adult Division, Youth Division and Open Division. The parade starts on Walnut Avenue and ends at McCoy Park.
Independence “Let Your Skeletons Dance Lock In”
Oct 26-27, 2012 Midwest Genealogy Center
The Independence Let Your Skeletons Dance is an annual event to raise funds for the Midwest Genealogy Center. The event has become a tradition in the genealogy community near and far. So enjoy dinner and dancing and discover the skeletons in your closet with tips on tracing that family line that could uncover all types of ghouls in your past.
Lee’s Summit Boos & Barks Halloween Parade
October 29, 2012 10 – 12 pm Downtown Lee’s Summit
Halloween costumed children and dogs will parade through Downtown Lee’s Summit for a chance to win prizes in the Halloween costume contest. Children and dogs under 20 lbs in costumes can join in the parade from City Hall Plaza to Howard Station Park in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Then downtown Lee’s Summit businesses will host trick-or-treating followed by the awards given to Halloween costume categories: Favorite Family, Favorite Dog, Favorite Boy Costume, Favorite Girl Costume, and Most Unique Costume. The choice of Grand Marshall is to be chosen from the picture of the person in costume submitted to the event’s Facebook page that gets the most Likes.
Lee’s Summit Spirits from the Past
Oct 19-20, 2012 6 – 9 pm
Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park. Let the ghosts of the past haunt you at the annual Missouri Town Spirits from the Past. A family oriented evening where ghost stories, spooky images, and a special ghoulish hay wagon ride will thrill and chill everyone. Walk along luminary lined paths where Halloween costumed children can trick-or-treat throughout the 19th century buildings.
Malden Halloween Parade
Oct 31, 2012 6 pm
The Malden Chamber of Commerce sponsors this parade and is open to children and members of the community. Come join your friends and neighbors in your Halloween costumes to make this a fun family experience.
Slater Halloween Parade
Oct 31, 2012 Downtown
There was no details about this annual Halloween parade in Slater. If you know more information please contact us through the link below.
Smashing Pumpkins in Concert
Oct 18, 2012 Chaifetz Arena
The Smashing Pumpkins bring their Oceania Tour to the St. Louis University Campus. The band will play the Chaifetz Arena and should bring in the university crowd who largely enjoys their music.
South St. Louis Trick or Treat Street
Oct 31, 2012 5 – 9 pm 5300 block South St
Every year, one small block in South St. Louis hosts one of the biggest Halloween celebrations. The block has the nickname of “Trick or Treat Street.” Residents of the 5300 block of Nottingham deck out their homes and dress in costumes for the thousands of visitors who descend upon the block by the car or bus load. It’s a fun and safe way for your children to enjoy the holiday. This is a block party all local Halloweeners must attend.
Springfield Downtown Halloween Pub Crawl
Oct 31, 2012 all night
This pub crawl turns in to one of SW Missouri’s largest costume parties. Prizes are given at various pubs along the way, so having a Halloween costume that will hold up to the rigors of the night could prove profitable.
Springfield Thriller Zombie Parade
Oct 31, 2012 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm C-Street
The C-Street Zombie Corps is hosting their annual Thriller Zombie Parade on C-Street. The event has expanded to two performances this year and welcomes the T-Town Zombies from Tulsa. The matinee is family-friendly with minimal costuming and makeup. Admission is FREE!
The later performance at 7:30 pm is titled Epidemic III: The Dr. Deadalous Traveling Zombie Show. The theme for this year’s show is dark, vintage, and circus-inspired, and while all ages are welcome, due to the nature and extent of the makeup and costuming of the performers, the 10-15 minute show is rated PG-13. General admission is FREE!
St Louis Halloween Parade
Oct 30, 2012 Westport Plaza
The St Loius Halloween Parade is sponsored by Westport Plaza and the City of Maryland Heights Parks and Recreation Department. The Halloween costumed children go through the village getting candy from local Westport Plaza businesses. The parade begins at the back of the Plaza next to Hickey College.
St Louis Lemp Mansion
October 2012, Regular Hours
One of the ten most haunted places in America, the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri, continues to play host to the tragic Lemp family. Once a stately mansion of one of the first major beer brewers in the United States, the family lost their millions and it changed to office space, then into a run-down boarding house, and was finally restored to its current state as a fine dinner theatre, restaurant, and bed and breakfast.
The Lemp Family began with Johann Adam Lemp who left Germany and arrived in St Louis in 1838. He started a small grocery store and sold common household items, groceries, and homemade beer. The light golden lager was a welcome change from the darker beers that were sold at the time. The recipe, handed down by his father, was so popular that he gave up the grocery store and built a small brewery in 1840. The beer was sold in a pub attached to the brewery, introducing St. Louis to its first lager. Despite years of good fortune, dark times took the family fortune. Three family members committed suicide in the mansion following the death of the head of the beer company. It now has become a dinner theater that addresses its haunted past.