Halloween/Fall events 2011

(KFVS) - Check out this list of Fall/Halloween events across the Heartland.


Saxon Lutheran Memorial will hold their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8.  The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their historic site.  For more information, you can call 573-824-5404 or visit Saxon Lutheran online.

The Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival will hold an evening of ghost storytelling on October 14.  From 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. National Chilling Storytellers Regina Carpenter and Gayle Ross will be performing at the Old Beech Tree on the Lower East Lawn of the River Campus.  Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and children 12 years and older. Children under 12 are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Organizers ask that there be no more than five free children per one adult. You can buy tickets by calling 573-335-1631 or stop by the office of Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau at 400 Broadway in Cape Girardeau.

The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the inaugural Halloween Hoopla at the Shawnee Park Center on Friday Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. All kids ages 12 & under are invited.  The first 30 kids to purchase tickets at the Halloween Hoopla will receive free admission to the Light Fright Night at the Haunted Hall of Horror on Sunday, Oct. 30. The Hoopla will feature a costume contest that starts at 7:30 p.m.  It costs $1 to enter the contest.  Prizes will be awarded.  Other activities including pumpkin bowling, pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, and trick-or-treat bag decorating will begin at 6 p.m.  Tickets for these activities will be 50 cents each.  All Halloween Hoopla activity tickets will be purchased at the door on Oct. 28.  Mobil, Pioneer Market & Pick 'Ur Own, and Southeast Missouri Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition are also sponsoring the Hoopla.  For more information call the Parks and Recreation Department office at (573) 339-6340.

The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department presents the 2011 Haunted Hall of Horror at the A.C. Brase Arena.The frights will take place on Friday, Oct. 14th and Saturday, Oct. 15th, Friday, Oct. 21st and Saturday, Oct. 22nd, and Friday, Oct. 28th, Saturday, Oct. 29th and Monday, Oct. 31st starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m.All ages are invited, but kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The prices is $5 for anyone ages 6 and up. Children ages 5 and under get in free.

New this year is "Light Fright Night" on Sunday, October 30th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. for parents to bring their children that may be too scared to go through the Haunted Hall of Horror at the A.C. Brase Arena Building on the extremely scary nights.  There will be fewer ghouls and monsters, as well as extra lighting.  The price for Light Fright Night is only $3 for anyone ages 6 and up.

The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department will be teaming up with others to offer the inaugural Halloween Hoopla event at the Shawnee Park Center.The event will be on Friday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all kids ages 12 and under are invited.You can buy all Halloween Hoopla tickets at the door on Oct. 28.For more information, you can call the Parks and Recreation Department office at 573-339-6340.

Ruopp and Ruopp Dentistry in Cape Girardeau will hold a Treats for Troops event Tuesday, Nov. 1.  The office will give you $1 for each pound of wrapped candy received, along with a flashing toothbrush. They say the candy will be shipped to troops on the ground in Afghanistan by Blue Star Mothers.  You can also bring notes with personal messages for the troops.  The group asks that you not bring chocolate and there is a limit of five pounds per person or $5.  Ruopp and Ruopp Dentistry is located at 1818 Broadway. For more information, you can visit them online or call 573-334-8884.

There will be a Haunted Attraction in the Scott City Park. It's called Terror in the Park and is a haunted maze setup by the Scott City Park. It's open Friday, Oct. 28 & Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6pm-10pm. For more details people can contact Phyllis Crump at 573-264-2322.

In Portageville, there will be the Haunted Inn on Friday, Oct. 28, Saturday, Oct. 29, Sunday, Oct. 30, and Monday Oct. 31.  The Haunted Inn is off of Exit 32 on Interstate 55.  It's across from McDonalds.  Tickets are $6.

Three Rivers Community College has announced that people living in or near Poplar Bluff are invited to bring their children to trick-or-treat in a safe, fun environment at this year's Halloween Safe Zone.  The event will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Bess Activity Center. Admission is free and activities will include games, dance performances, costume contests and more.  This year, the Safe Zone will feature a flash mob dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."  They say last year, the Safe Zone attracted about 4,000 people. Hoseney says the college hopes to exceed that number this year, and plans to continue hosting the Safe Zone as an annual public event.

The Scott City Community Interactive Parks Program will be sponsoring a Halloween Carnival and Family Safety Awareness Day on Oct. 15.  The event will be at the Scott City Park from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  SCIPP says it will include games, prizes, health information, contests and more. There will also be a helicopter that will drop almost 100 pounds of candy for the kids.

Moonlight Madness will be Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Downtown Square in Perryville.  Events during Moonlight Madness include:

  • Register for mystery prizes from local businesses - 4 p.m. to 7:25 p.m.
  • Decorated/Carved pumpkin contest at the gazebo - entries accepted between 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Face painting by the Perry Art Alliance at the gazebo - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Halloween parade assemble at the gazebo - 6:15 p.m.
  • Costume contest at the Community Center - 6:30 p.m.
  • Costumed critter contest at the gazebo - 7 p.m.
  • Mystery prize give away at the gazebo - 7:30 p.m.

For more information, you can visit the Perryville Chamber of Commerce online.

Bollinger County: The annual Halloween storytelling event will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at Bollinger Mill State Historic Site near Burfordville. Storyteller Marilyn Kinsella will weave her stories from personal experience as well as perform folk and historical tales and literary stories. The storytelling will be held around a bonfire and visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Apple cider and popcorn will be provided.  Bollinger Mill State Historic Site is the site of a Civil War-era mill where visitors can learn how corn and wheat were ground into meal and flour by water power, just as it was done long ago. Burfordville Covered Bridge, the oldest of the four remaining covered bridges in the state, was built in 1858 and stretches 140 feet across the White River, which powers the mill. To get to the historic site at 113 Bollinger Mill Road, take Highway 34 to Highway HH in Cape Girardeau County.  For more information on the event, contact the site at 573-243-4591 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For information on state parks and historic sites, visit www.mostateparks.com.

On Friday, October 28, 2011, from 6-8PM the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History in Marble Hill, Missouri will be hosting a Halloween Party for children of all ages. Enjoy an evening of games, crafts, treats and even a few tricks. Some possible activities include a haunted room, movie, fortune teller, and more. Regular admission to the Museum will be charged. For more information please contact the museum at 573-238-1174 or email bcmnh@sbcglobal.net. Don't forget to check our Facebook page for updates.

Haunted Train Depot will be in Poplar Bluff through October to raise money for the restoration of the Historic Train Depot in downtown Poplar Bluff.  The Haunted Train Depot will be open from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. and tickets are available in advance for $5 at HauntedTrainDepot.EventBrite.com or $7 at the door. It will be open on the following days:

  • Oct. 14
  • Oct. 15
  • Oct. 21
  • Oct. 22
  • Oct. 28
  • Oct. 29
  • Oct. 30
  • Oct. 31

Local volunteers will work the attraction's five scenes inside the recently gutted south end. While the committee is building sets and designing scenes, the clean-up efforts will benefit the depot by restoring the inside to its original state. Organizers say the north end remains in need of attention and will stay closed to the public, as does the upper floor.


Area communities have set the trick or treat times.

Carrier Mills
Friday, Oct 28
6 pm to 8 pm

Saturday, Oct 29
6 pm to 9 pm

Saturday, Oct 29
6:30 pm to 9 pm

Monday, Oct 31
6 pm to 8 pm

The Elm Street Baptist Church will hold their annual Trunk or Treat event on Monday, Oct. 31.  Members of the church will be giving out candy and treats to children from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. as a safer alternative to Halloween.  Elm Street Baptist Church is located on the corner of 19th and Elm Streets in Murphysboro, Ill.  For more information, you can call the church office at 687-1043.

Carbondale sets trick or treat hours.  Mayor Joel Fritzler announced that Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be the trick-or-treat hours for children.  The mayor encourages residents to show participation and welcome children by keeping their porch and exterior lights on. He also urges trick-or-treaters to wear reflective clothing or tape and that parents check all treats for potentially harmful objects.

On Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Carbondale Police Department is looking for volunteers to help with a safety patrol called "Pumpkin Patrol."  Although police strongly encourage adults to accompany children, the Pumpkin Patrol volunteers will identify potential hazards to children and have someone to turn to if they feel threatened.  Volunteers will wear orange safety vests and drive vehicles with the Pumpkin Patrol logo patrolling areas of Carbondale where children "trick or treat".   If you are interested in volunteering to be on the "Pumpkin Patrol", contact Carbondale Police Officer Amber Goddard at (618) 457-3200 at extension 465.  The police department has sponsored the Pumpkin Patrol since 1992.

The Southern Illinois Harvest Festival will be in downtown Mt. Vernon on Saturday, Oct. 15.  The festival will include a carnival, parade, chili cook off, car show and childrens' activities.  For more information, you can call 618-316-4723 or visit them online.


The city of Paducah says Jefferson Street will be closed between 19th and 25th Streets on Monday, Oct. 31.  The city says the street will be closed from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. They say this neighborhood is a popular location for Halloween trick-or-treaters with about 2,000 people expected. They are closing the street for pedestrian safety.  The Paducah Police Department recommends that general trick-or-treaters in neighborhoods throughout the city be held between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Halloween. According to chapter 66 section 196 of the city's code of ordinances, the curfew for minors, less than 18 years old, is 11 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday.

The Farmers' Market Fall Festival in Paducah will be Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The festival will include cooking demonstrations, advice from plant experts and gardners, children painting pumpkins and plenty of fresh produce.  The Downtown Farmers' Market is located on 2nd and Monroe.  For more information, you can call 270-4444-8649.

Paducah's River City Legends and Lore Walking Ghost Tours will be Saturdays, Oct. 8 and 15 and Friday, Oct. 21. The lantern-lit walking tours will be at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tours will start at the Studio Theatre, located at 120 Market House Square.

The Market House Theatre will host Downtown Walking Ghost Tours on Friday, Oct. 21 in Paducah.  Tour times include 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages six to 12.  The theatre says tickets will be available at the door, by calling the Box Office at 270-444-6828 or online.

Oak Grove Cemetery and Mausoleum Tours will start at the Oak Grove Cemetery Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. The cemetery is located at 1613 Park Avenue.  Tickets for all the tours are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages six to 12. Tickets will be sold at the door, but reservations are strongly recommended. You can call the MHT Box Office at 444--6828 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.  It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Organizers say the tours leave on time, so make plans to arrive early. Only heavy, driving rain will cancel tours.  For school tours, groups ages 15 and older can schedule daytime tours at the school matinee rate of $5 per student. If your group has a bus, you can schedule a private evening bus tour for groups of 30 or more at $10 per ticket.

The grand opening celebration for the Paducah Recreation Center will be Saturday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m. and includes several activities. The city of Paducah says along with the recreation center celebration, there will be a Fountain Avenue Fall Festival Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  According to the city, roads will be closed to traffic during the festival for the hay ride and people walking through the neighborhood from the Recreation Center to Lang Park. Roads closed or reduced include: one lane of Fountain Avenue, Harrison between Fountain Avenue and Harahan and Madison between Fountain Avenue and Harahan. North 16th Street will be closed between Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Monroe.  During the celebration, entries from the jack o' latern contest will be on display. You can carve your pumpkins and bring them to the Parks Services Department by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. The city says the first pumpkin is free to enter and each additional pumpkin entry will be $1.  The top five jack o' lanterns will receive prizes.  The Fall Festival will include activities such as a costume contest and scarecrow building contest. Margaret Hank Memorial Cumberland Presbyterian Church will have face painting and trunk or treat.  At Lang Park you can enjoy food and treats, followed by a movie in the park. The movie will be "Monsters Inc."  The Paducah Recreation Center is the former Presbyterian church building and includes a gym, meeting rooms, kitchen, stage and restrooms. The city says they recently upgraded the facility with a new gym floor.  Now that they have the Recreation Center, the city says they will no longer be leasing the Jetton Gym.  For the celebration and festival the city would like to remind the public of their dog ordinance. Pets are allowed at city-sponsored events, however for the public's safety there are three requirements. The dogs must be:

  • Licensed by McCracken County Animal Control or by any other state or county
  • Restrained by a leash or other lead that is no longer than three feet
  • Restrained by a muzzle

For more information about the Recreation Center, you can contact the Parks Services Department at 444-8508. For more information about the Fountain Avenue Neighborhood, you can contact the Planning Department at 444-8690.

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