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Free & Cheap Things To Do In St. Louis This Weekend

Compton Hill Water Tower

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Compton Hill Water Tower Open 11/1/14

Climb to the top of the 170-foot Compton Hill Water Tower for a spectacular, 360-degree evening view of the metropolitan St. Louis area on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

The tower is open from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5. Children five and under are free.

There are 198 stairs and seven landings to the top of the tower. The tower was built in the late-19th century on the highest point in the city as part of the city’s public water supply system. The Compton Hill Water Tower is one of only seven surviving such towers in the United States and was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1972.



Living History Hayrides At Fort Belle Fontaine

Fort Bellefontaine Hay RidesEnjoy a Living History Hayride at Fort Belle Fontaine, 13002 Bellefontaine Road Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, 2014.

Costumed re-enactors from the War of 1812, Civil War, World War II and other periods explain their uniforms and equipment. This  is a great experience for the history buff and nature lover. Dress for the weather. Limited space available. Advance registration is required. Tickets are $7 a person.

The fort was the first United States military installation west of the Mississippi River, established in 1805. Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery expedition (1804-1806) spent the first night of their expedition on an island opposite Cold Water Creek and their last night two years later at the fort, which had been established in their absence.

Other major expeditions left from this site betweem 1805 and 1819 to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory. Until it was replaced by Jefferson Barracks in 1826, Fort Belle Fontaine was an important gathering place in the wilderness for officers and enlisted men, Native American, French, Spanish and American settlers, trappers and traders, and the local businessmen and farmers who supplied the fort with necessities.


FREE Entertainment At Blumenhof Winery In Dutzow

Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 12.27.26 AMHead out to Blumenhof Winery in Dutzow for a musical weekend.

Performing from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 will be Schmitts and Grins playing county and western music.

Joe Fry (classic rock) will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2.

Blumenhof Winery is located about 50 miles west of St. Louis on Highway 94 in the historic village of Dutzow.

Dutzow is Missouri’s oldest German settlement, founded in 1834. Blumenhof, which in German means “Court of Flowers,” takes its name from the Blumenberg family’s ancestral farm in northwestern Germany. 


St. Louis Indian Western Art Show & Sale

St. Louis Indian Western Art Show & Sale


The Gateway Indian Art Club will hold its St. Louis Indian Western Art Show & Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 and a0 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Route 66 Hotel, 10709 Watson Road at Lindbergh (near I-270).



On sale:

  • Rugs
  • Pottery
  • Baskets
  • Jewelry
  • Kachinas
  • Beadwork
  • Clothing
  • Weapons






10 Free Or Near-Free Restaurant Deals On Halloween

Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 1.10.49 AMWhy should the little ghosts and goblins have all the fun?

This year many restaurants are giving parents a “treat” with free or near-free meals or snacks on Halloween.

Here are 10 “treats” designed to make the holiday a little easier on Mom and Dad. As usual, the deals are at participating locations only so you might want to call the store near you to find out if they’re in on the deal. Some of the deals may require coupons so check the links.

Free Pancakes: Kids 12 and under get a FREE Scary Face Pancake at IHOP restaurants on Halloween.

Free Outback meal: Kids 10 and under get a FREE meal when an adult purchases an entrée.

Cheap corn dogs: Sonic Drive-In is offering corn dogs for 50 cents all day on Halloween. No limit.

Free doughnut: Krispy Kreme is giving each costumed customer a FREE doughnut on Halloween.

Cheap burritos: Chipotle is offering “boo-ritos,” bowls, salads or tacos for only $3 to costumed customers on Halloween.

Cheap Frosties: Through October 31, pay $1 for a book of coupons at Wendy’s; each coupon gets you for a free junior Frosty.

Free Bacon: It’s “trick or meat” at Arby’ on Friday. Say “trick or meat” at the restaurant, and you’ll get FREE bacon on anything from a burger to a milkshake.

Free kids meal: Kids get a FREE meal with the purchase of an individual meal through Friday at Boston Market.

Free kids meal: Kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult entrée on Halloween at Olive Garden.

Kids Eat Free: Kids in costume eat FREE with the purchase of an adult meal at McAlister’s Deli. The offer is good all day.





Celebrate Happy Healthy Halloween @ The Magic House With Discount

St. Louis Magic House Children's Museum at HalloweenSt. Louis Children’s Hospital sponsors a “Happy, Healthy Halloween” Oct. 31, 2014 at the Magic House Children’s Museum in Kirkwood.

The all-day event (9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.) is a candy-free celebration with a trick-or-healthy-treat scavenger hunt throughout the Museum. In the hun children can collect active play treats, as well as participate i a cardio dance party and hands-on fitness activities with St. Louis Children’s Hospital scheduled throughout the day.

The Magic House is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road,  between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road.


St. Louis Science Center 2014 Science Spooktacular

Saint Louis Science Center Science Spooktacular For the first time ever the Saint Louis Science Center will get spooky for Halloween as little ghouls, goblins, astronauts and dinosaurs get hands-on with spell-binding science. They’ll be able to explore the science of boo-ology, get spooked in a Haunted Lab and make your own slimy creation – oobleck! They’ll also pumpkins go splat from the highest floor of the Science Center, observe the moon at a telescope viewings and more.

The FREE event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30, 2014 at the Saint Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave.

General admission to the event is free. Additional fees apply for some spooky programming. While kids are encouraged to come in costume, visitors 12 and older should leave their masks at home.
Free activities include:
-Pumpkins falling from the highest floor of the Science Center
-First quarter moon viewing with the Science Center’s telescopes
-Free showings of “Garfield in Disguise” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”  in the OMNIMAX® Theater (tickets required)
-Creating slimy creations – Oobleck
-Halloween optical illusions in the  Prep Lab
-Ghost Pumpkin Bowling
-Monster-making in the Halloween Maker Space.
There will also be additional free activities for members.
There will be fees for these activities:
-Solve the mystery and visit The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes ($13.50 for members, $17.50 for non-members)
-Take a ride through a haunted mine on our motion simulator ($4 for Science Center members, $5 for non-members)
-See a special presentation exploring the Halloween sky in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium ($4 for non-members)
-Explore the Discovery Room at your own pace in our open-house setting ($3 for non-members).


Last Chance For 'Boo At The Zoo,' Saint Louis Zoo's Not-So-Scary Halloween Celebration

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Boo At The Zoo' for Halloween

It’s your last chance to take your kids to The Saint Louis Zoo‘s Boo at the Zoo.

This annual family event features spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories and entertainment as a non-scary Halloween alternative.

The event is held  5:30 to 8:30. The last day is Oct. 30. No reservations are necessary. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Admission is $6 for members and $7 for non-members; children under 2, free. Kids in costume get a $1 discount on admission, available at the door only. See the Zoo’s costume policy.

You can purchase tickets online, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or at the door.

Although this is not a trick-or-treat event, each child gets a treat bag when they leave.

Things to look for–singing/dancing pumpkins, a mystery straw maze, Fragile Forest Fairyland, floating busts that have spooks to sing about, creepy caverns and sinister swamps and more.

“Halloween Hank’s Pirate Adventure” featuring animals performing natural behaviors takes place at the Emerson’s Children’s Zoo.

Storytellers like Terry Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats and others tell captivating animal stories. Grandmother Goose shares tales of other Missouri critters.

Kids can make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner. There’ll be food for sale at Lakeside Cafe. You can purchase souvenirs at the Halloween boo-tique at the Safari Gift Shop and receive a 10 percent discount (20 percent for members) with a purchase of $25 or more.

Parking will be available for free on the South lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The North lot and entrance will be open only on Oct.] 30.

There’s an extra charge for these activities:

  • The  Conservation Carousel, draped in cobwebs, becomes the not-too-spooky “Scare-ou-sel.”  $3 per person.
  • “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” 4D Motion Simulator. $4/person. Anywhere Passes are NOT valid at this event.
  • “Legend of Not-So-Sleepy Hallow” night hikes. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. $5 per hiker, age 3 and up. Children age 2 and under are free. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 646-4771.

Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo Nights include SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo, K-Hits 96.3 and FM News Talk 97.1.

Need A Halloween Costume? We've Got 90 Suggestions That Won't Cost You A Bundle

Halloween costumeIf you or your children need a Halloween costume, now hear this: you’re running out of time. But luckily, we can point you to 90–yes, 90!–great costume ideas.

And they’re all made from stuff you can find around the house (think toilet paper or duct tape), borrow from relatives  (surely Grandpa has an old leisure suit or at least a fedora in the back of his closet), or can buy items inexpensively from a thrift store or discount store (plaid jackets or strips of felt).

Just go to our sister site, Living On The Cheap, and find the perfect, quick-to-make, cheap Halloween costume for you saving the high cost of some mass-produced, bland store-bought costume.

Free: Downloadable Pumpkin Carving Stencils For Halloween

Ichabod’s Fate from Pumpkin Masters

Looking for some inspiration for carving your  jack-o-lantern this Halloween?

If you need a little help, you can get some awesome pumpkin carving patterns from:

With these pumpkin carving patterns, you’ll soon have a great looking jack-o-lantern on your porch!

So sharpen your knife, get a pumpkin and have some fun!

FREE: Town & Country Symphony Orchestra Halloween Concert

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra

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Town & Country Symphony Symphony Orchestra musicians continue their decade-long tradition of dressing in costume for their October concert.

See the musicians in costume at their FREE Halloween Concert at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Principia School Ridgeway Auditorium. The auditorium is at 13201 Clayton Road, east of Mason Road and west of Ballas Road. The concert is free and open to the public

This year’s program will feature Brandon Smith, baritone.

The program will include:

Danse Macabre op.40……………………………………………………………… Camille Saint Saens

Light Cavalry Overture ……………………………………………………………..Franz von Suppe

“The Toreador Aria” from Carmen ……………………………………………..Georges Bizet
Brandon Smith, Baritone


”Hai gia vinta la cause” from The Marriage Of Figaro …………………..W.A. Mozart
Brandon Smith, Baritone

Bronze Horse Overture …………………………………………………………….D.F.E. Auber

Ichabod’s Wild Ride ………………………………………………………………..Robert Vinson

William Tell Overture ………………………………………………………………Gioachino Rossini

This suburban St. Louis community orchestra, with a history going back to 1953, also encompasses smaller ensembles such as the Chamber Orchestra and Brass Choir. The orchestra gives many free concerts in a variety of community locations including churches, malls, retirement centers, and parks.

Meet The Builders Of The Gateway Arch 28, 2014 marks the 49th anniversary of the completion of construction of the Gateway Arch.

Mark the day by meeting the builders of the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere  in the Visitor Center below the Gateway Arch at from 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25.  The event is FREE and open to the public.

You’ll have a chance to meet the men who built and worked on the Gateway Arch as it was constructed.   They will share their incredible first-hand stories of their roles in building a structure that had never been built before. The builders will also share their own memorabilia and photographs—some of which have never been seen before by the public.

Exclusive commemorative items will be available at the Gateway Arch Museum Store.

Complete your visit by taking a tram ride to the top of the Gateway Arch and watching a documentary about the building of this graceful monument.

You can see construction photos from the National Park Service archives here.

Reservations are not required. Visitors are advised to arrive early to ensure a place in line.

Free: Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival This Weekend

Kimmswick Apple Butter FestivalOne of St. Louis’ best fall festivals–The Kimmswick Apple Butter Festival–takes place this weekend in the little town of Kimmswick.

The Kimmswick Historical Society cooks up their famous apple butter at the Apple Butter Pavilion on Market Street. It’s mmmmm-good.

It’s easy to spend the entire day at the annual festival.  Kimmswick’s streets will be filled with scores of booths selling crafts and food items. Plus there will be live entertainment provided by the city of Kimmswick and Kimmswick merchants.

The festival is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26, 2014.

Kimmswick, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Jefferson County, MO, just 25 miles south of St. Louis. It was voted one of the Top 100 small towns for a getaway by Midwest Living.

The Apple Butter Festival is Jefferson County’s largest festival and draws more than 100,000 visitors. The town offers more than 20 unique shops and several restaurants in a charming little town where many of its residents still occupy the original buildings from the period of the town’s founding in 1859.