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FREE Purina Farms Haunted Hayloft

Haunted Hayloft at Purina FarmsThe Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms is a fun Halloween activity for the kids with some not-so-scary entertainment.

Haunted Hayloft will be held Friday-Sunday, Oct 17-19, 2014 and 24-26, 2014. Hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are required. Call 314-882-3232.

 

The event includes:

  • Storytelling
  • Magic shows,
  • Face painting
  • Canine performances
  • Trick-or-treating

Kids can enter a costume contest during the Pro Plan Performance Team shows. One winner in the age five and under category and another in the age 6-12 category will win Purina Farms gift cards worth $25.

Admission to the Haunted Hayloft is FREE but reservations are required. There is a $5 charge for parking.

Bring a dog or cal supply to donate to a local animal shelter and receive 20 percent off one item at the Purina Farms gift shop.

Purina Farms is in Gray Summit, MO,  a short drive from St. Louis. It is 10 minutes west of Six Flags St. Louis on Highway 44.  Check out the complete directions. 

Saint Louis Zoo Celebrates Halloween With ‘Boo At The Zoo’

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Boo At The Zoo' for HalloweenCelebrate Halloween at the kid-friendly Boo at the Zoo at the Saint Louis Zoo.

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

Boo at the Zoo is held  5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night through 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. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 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.

Free: Concerts Continue At Tower Groves Farmers’ Market

Tower Groves Farmers' MarketFarmer Jason will perform at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

The market is in Tower Grove Park at Grand and Magnolia avenues, St. Louis.

 

 

FREE Purina Farms Haunted Hayloft

Haunted Hayloft at Purina FarmsThe Haunted Hayloft at Purina Farms is a fun Halloween activity for the kids with some not-so-scary entertainment.

Haunted Hayloft will be held Friday-Sunday, Oct 17-19 and 24-26. Hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are required. Call 314-882-3232.

 

The event includes:

  • Storytelling
  • Magic shows,
  • Face painting
  • Canine performances
  • Trick-or-treating

Kids can enter a costume contest during the Pro Plan Performance Team shows. One winner in the age five and under category and another in the age 6-12 category will win Purina Farms gift cards worth $25.

Admission to the Haunted Hayloft is FREE but reservations are required. There is a $5 charge for parking.

Bring a dog or cal supply to donate to a local animal shelter and receive 20 percent off one item at the Purina Farms gift shop.

Purina Farms is in Gray Summit, MO,  a short drive from St. Louis. It is 10 minutes west of Six Flags St. Louis on Highway 44.  Check out the complete directions. 

Halloween Scares Galore In St. Louis

Screen Shot 2014-10-11 at 10.33.44 AMIf you love being scared out of your wits, St. Louis is the place to be. There are Halloween scares galore in St. Louis this year.  In fact, St. Louis has some of the highest rated haunted houses in the country.  (Note: these attractions are for adults and older kids. We’ll be posting Halloween attractions for younger kids soon.)

Abyss at Lemp Brewery

3500 Lemp Ave., just off I-55 and Broadway (see website for details on entering the complex).

Friday-Sunday in October and every night Oct. 24-Nov. 1 and Nov. 7-8. See website for hours of operation.

What Halloween attraction could be scarier than St. Louis’ Lemp Mansion, the said-to-be haunted home of the ill-fated Lemp Family?

Beneath the Lemp Mansion and Brewery, built more than 100 year ago, lie miles of caves and caverns which the family used as a cool place to age and store the beer it produced in the brewery.

Legend has it that Native Americans long ago cursed the miles of caves and caverns below.

The Lemp family suffered tragedy after tragedy in the house—four members committed suicide there and a fifth died under mysterious circumstances.

Now the caves are known as The Abyss, which promoters say is an “extreme scream” haunted house with “no fake monsters, no animations, simply you facing your fears head on.” Called “the darkest place on earth,” visitors go 100 feet underground in the subterranean caves and tunnels where “no one can hear your screams.

Tickets are on the pricey side ($25/person; $23 for kids under 11; add $5 for a speed pass), so check out the coupons and promotions. If you’re a real fan of scary haunts, consider the combo ticket.

The Darkness

1525 S. 8th St., St. Louis

Dates: Every night through Nov. 1—open 7:30-9:30 weekdays; 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. weekends); Open 7-12:30 a.m. on Halloween. Also open 7:30-11:30 p.m., Nov 7-8

The Darkness haunted house in Soulard is celebrating its 20th year of  freaking out visitors. The two-story building features rooms of ghouls and gore. Been there before? Don’t worry. Every year is a new experience. The owner says the Darkness gets more upgrades and the biggest renovation of any haunted house in America.  New downstairs this year: Medusa and a giant animated monster that will actually grab and try to eat you!  Upstairs SAWZILLA, a giant saw blade will rip across your head and massive Venus Fly Trap swallows you.  HauntWorld.com and USA Today ranks The Darkness as one of the best haunted houses in the country. Visit it—if you dare!

Tickets are on the pricey side ($25/person; $23 for kids under 11; add $5 for a speed pass), so check out the coupons and promotions. If you’re a real fan of scary haunts, consider the combo ticket.

Creepyworld

1400 S Old Highway 141  Fenton, MO

Dates: Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 26 and Oct 27-Nov. 1 and Nov. 7-8.  Times vary; see the website.

Scream Park at Creepyworld (from the same people who do The Darkness). has 12 scary attractions in one place including SILO-X, a giant haunted house loaded with radiation-born monsters and mutants. Also here is St Louis only Zombie City Paintball Hayride, and two new haunted houses including St Lucifers Hospital and Supermax Escape from Rikers Island.

Tickets are on the pricey side ($25/person; $23 for kids under 11; add $5 for a speed pass), so check out the coupons and promotions. If you’re a real fan of scary haunts, consider the combo ticket.

 

Fright Fest at Six Flags

4900 Six Flags Rd, Pacific, MO

Open weekends through Nov. 2, see website for times.

Prices start at $44.99 with an additional charge for haunted houses. See website for details. You can save by purchasing tickets online.

Fright Fest presented by Snickers®, Six Flags St. Louis annual Halloween Bash, is back for  season.  During the day the fun is for all ages with not-so-scary thrills, storytelling, costumes, interactive shows and musical entertainment. But Six Flags says, “When the sun goes down, the ghouls come out.” That’s the time when the freaks are unleashed and “terror is around every corner.” Many of the attractions are haunted and themed scare zones add to the fun.

Halloween Event at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis

Halloween at Grant's Farm in St. LouisHalloween at Grant’s Farm begins tonight and continues tomorrow, Oct. 11, 2014 and on Oct. 16 – 19, 23 – 26 and 30.  It’s a great way you and your children can enjoy a safe but festive way to celebrate Halloween.

The event includes themed shows, a DJ in the Bauernhof courtyard, and dark Deer Park rides.

The festivities run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night. The entrance, however closes at 9 p.m.

Parking cost is $20 per car, $50 per bus.

While admission to Grant’s Farm is FREE, there is a $5 per person charge for walk-ins for this event. Children 2 years of age and under can enter FREE.

Grant’s Farm, the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch beer family, is a world-class family attraction.

More than 900 animals representing more than 100 different species live on Farm property, and visitors riding trams through the farm can see many of them More than 24 million guests have visited this  attraction since it was opened it to the public in 1954.

The tram takes visitors on a guided tour of the 160-acre deer park. On the tour, visitors can see Grant’s Cabin, learn the history of Grant’s Farm and meet some of the animals who live there.

The tram drops visitors at the Tier Garten where they can feed the goats, ride the carousel, enjoy the elephant show and ride a camel (additional charge). Visitors age 21 and over, can sample an Anheuser-Busch product there.

Grant’s Farm is named for Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States.  In the 1850s, Grant farmed a portion of the 281 acres. Nearby is White Haven, the house where Grant and his wife, the former Julia Dent, lived.

It’s ranked the seventh-best family attraction nationwide in the U.S. Family Travel Guide Zagat Survey®. Zagat, the world’s leading provider of consumer survey-based leisure.

 Grant’s Farm is located just south of St. Louis at 10501 Gravois Road.

Celebrate Oktoberfest In St. Louis

Soulard Oktoberfest
Soulard Oktoberfest

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Where will you celebrate Oktoberfest in St. Louis?

You have plenty of choices this year:

Soulard Oktoberfest
Perhaps the area’s largest Oktoberfest celebration is in the  Soulard neighborhood October 10, 11 and 12. The event is held across Seventh Stree from Soulard Market.

Soulard Oktoberfest’s carnival is modeled after Oktoberfest in Munich.

This festival has everything–musicians from Germany as well as popular local bands on three–count ‘em, three–stages,  bratwurst, rotkraut, pretzels and strudel. What more could you want?

Entertainment includes:

  • Deutschmeister Brass Band
  • Austrian Express
  •  Volksmusik
  • Steve Ewing
  • Chardon Polka Band
  • Dorfrockers
  • The Wendl Band
  • The Chardon Polka Band
  • Copper Box
  • Soulard Blues Band Revue
  • Good Times

See the entire schedule here.

Tickets are $5 and are available here.

Hermann Oktoberfest

In the picturesque town of Hermann, MO, just about an hour’s drive from St. Louis, Oktoberfest is a month-long event as the town along the Missouri River celebrates very weekend in October.

Many of the events are FREE.

A Oktoberfest biergarten will spring up in Seqicentennial Park on Gutenberg Street, there’ll be lots of German food and, of course, there are wineries to visit.

Check out the entire schedule here.

Gateway Arch Oktoberfest Cruise
The Mississippi River impersonates the Rhine for the first three Sundays in October, when you cruise the river on a German-themed river boat. The buffet will feature authentic German buffet and a live German band plays German music.  Menu includes beer rouladen, bratwurst/knockwurst, sweet & sour cabbage, knoodle kugle, hot german potato salad, rye & pumpernickel breads, tossed salad, German chocolate cake, coffee, and iced tea.

Tickets for the 1 p.m. cruises on Oct. 12 and 19 are $38 for adults and $18 for children age 3-12. Reservations are required.

The Gateway Arch Riverboats are located below the south leg of the Gateway Arch at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63102. Parking is available on the levee in front of the boats.

Ottertoberfest at Saint Louis Zoo

There’s still time to celebrate Ottertoberfest at the Saint Louis Zoo.

This popular FREE  event includes traditional German biergartens, live music, kids’ activities and more. At the biergartens, visitors can purchase beer, bratwurst and other German specialties.

Otter-related games and activities for children will include a River Ranger game, an “Otter Says” game and a river otter biofact table. Children can also create an otter-themed craft. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  October 11-12.

FREE: St. Louis Columbus Day Parade & Festival Sunday, Oct. 12 On The Hill

Columbus Day Parade and Festa in St. Louis' The Hill neighborhood

St. Louis’ 147th annual Columbus Day Parade kicks off at noon, Sunday, Oct. 13, at the corner of Macklind and Botanical and is followed by a Festa. The parade begins at the corner of Macklind and Botanical, then moves  north on Macklind, then right on Bischoff, then east on Bischoff. The parade continues left on Marconi, north on Marconi then left on Shaw to Berra Park were the Festa is held.

The Columbus Day Festival begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 6 p.m. The parade and admission to the festival are FREE. The festa includes live music and activities for the kids. Food from local Italian restaurants will be available for purchase. The main stage will feature live Italian and contemporary music.

Joe Boccardi’s will again sponsor the festival’s famous  meatball eating contest. Prizes include a 40-inch flat screen television, a $100 gift certificate and a $50 gift certificate.

The Columbus Day Parade is a celebration of Italian Heritage showcasing the Italian community and businesses on The Hill. Tallow visitors to dine, drink and enjoy the event. The festa will feature live Italian and Contemporary music.

The event is sponsored by the Italian-American Heritage Corporation (formerly The St. Louis Columbus Day Corporation). The Hill, located west and south of downtown is the traditional Italian neighborhood of St. Louis. In this colorful neighborhood–the fire hydrants are painted red, white and green, the colors of the Italian flag–visitors will find authentic Italian bakeries, grocery store, restaurants and mom-and-pop trattorias.
The Hill was also home to two of baseball’s greats–Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola.

Free: Ralph Butler Band To Play At Florissant Old Town Fall Festival

The Ralph Butler Band will play at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct.12, 2014,  as part of the Florissant Old Town Fall Festival 2011.

The band will perform at 100 rue St. Francois, the Lawyers Building parking lot.

 


 

Free: Concerts Continue At Tower Groves Farmers’ Market

Tower Groves Farmers' MarketWack-A-Doo will perform at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.

The market is in Tower Grove Park at Grand and Magnolia avenues, St. Louis.

The performance is part of a series that runs Saturdays through Oct. 18. The last performer is Farmer Jason.