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Halloween events in the Heartland 2015

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Take a look at some Halloween events in the Heartland.

You can send us your Halloween events to news@kfvs12.com. 

Check out this list of Fall Festivals in the Heartland.

Benton, MO

Basement of Horror

Expect to get spooked during Benton's annual haunted house event. The Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Basement of Horror on Oct. 30 and 31. It is open to anyone looking for a good scare. The haunted house is open 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Benton Community Building. Admission is $5.

Cape Girardeau, MO

Fall Festival/Trunk-or-Treat

The Bethany Baptist Church will host its annual Fall Festival/Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and will include chili, hot dogs, candy and lots of other fun activities. The church is located at 1712 Randol Avenue.

Vocal Fire's Halloween Spooktacular

The event will begin on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m. at Cup 'N Cork, 11 S. Spanish St. Go see Vocal Fire, Southeast Missouri State University's new Glee Club, perform at Cup 'N Cork. You will hear songs from classic Halloween movies like "Hocus Pocus" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

HallowQueen Night

Southeast's annual drag show, sponsored by DICE and PRIDE. will be at the University Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. on Normal St. on Thursday, Oct. 29. It is free of charge for students and the public.

Halloween Hoopla

A Halloween party with activities and a costume contest will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Shawnee Park Center. $1 to enter the contest, $.50 for other activities. The Shawnee Park Center is located at 835 SW End Blvd. in Cape Girardeau. For more info., you can call Cassie at 339-6732 or cessner@cityofcape.org.

Halloween Party

A Halloween Costume Party will be held at the Cape Eagles Event Hall on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (costume optional). It will be open to the public 21 and over. Live music by Tailgate with special guest Roger Bass, formerly with the Bill Hulvey Band. $5 cover with prizes, giveaways and more. The Eagles Even Hall is located at 321 North Spring Street in Cape Girardeau.

Haunted Hall of Horror
Oct. 30 and 31
A.C. Brase Arena
410 Kiwanis Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
$7 for adults
Children 5 & under - free
Call 573-339-6340 for more information.

Spooktacular Times

The Osage Centre, the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department is providing fun Halloween activities, crafts, and snacks for ages 2 to 4 during the Spooktacular Times event on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Costs for Spooktacular Times are $8 for Cape Girardeau residents and $10 for non-residents. Please register by Oct. 15. Online registration is available. Call 573-339-6340 for more information.

West Park Mall will host a safe trick-or-treat inside the man from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The mall is also hosting hay rides and a corn maze outside from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The hayride and hay maze costs $5.

Broadway Block Party

A Broadway Block Party will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. The church is located at 100 N. Frederick St. There will be trunk-or-treat, bounce houses, an obstacle course, free food and drinks, music, a costume contest and a chance to win a 32" flat-screen TV. All are welcome.

Black Forest Haunted Ghost Town

This is the 21st year for the Black Forest Haunted Ghost Town. It is open from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 31. It takes about 20-30 minutes to walk through. Adults are $8 and kids ages 10 and under are $5. It is located at 2728 County Road 638 in Cape Girardeau. Call 573-335-0899 for more information.

The Retribution

The Retribution is Cape Girardeau's scariest Haunted House. It is open from 7 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 29, 30 and 31. Visitors come from all over Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois to be terrified! Admission is $15 on the weekends, $13 on Thursday, and $5 for kids 10 and under. Call (855) 5-SREAM. The haunted house is located at 211 N. Spring St. in Cape Girardeau.

Boo at the Zoo at Lazy L Safari

Wear your favorite costume and trick-or-treat around the zoo! Boo at the Zoo at Lazy L Safari Park will be held on Saturday, October 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All children (12 and under) will receive a Trick-or-Treat bag at the zoo entrance and regular zoo admission will include the Trick-or-Treat Stations. Local businesses will handing out candy to all the trick-or-treaters. There will also be a Kid’s Craft Table, Door Prizes and the Lazy L Pumpkin Patch will be open too!  You won’t want to miss all of the other Fall Fun of Fun activities – Hillbilly Bowling, Gemstone Mining, Kiddie Corral, Giant Tarantula, Parakeet Jungle, and Down on the Farm! Lazy L Safari Park is located at 2763 County Road 618 in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Kevin Groves home

Pumpkins, spooky skeletons and ghostly graveyards are a few of the haunted highlights outside of Kevin Groves' house in Cape Girardeau. The display, located at 1719 Brookwood Drive in Cape Girardeau, will be up now through Halloween. Groves keeps the display lit for about 4 hours after sundown each day.

Haunted House

There will be a haunted garage at 2033 Kenneth Dr. in Cape Girardeau on Oct. 31. There is a maze and animations.

Halloween Hoopla

This spectacular event, held at the Shawnee Park Center on Friday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., includes a costume contest and other fun Halloween activities. Come dressed up for Halloween and ready for a fun night! The fee is $1 to enter the costume contest, and $0.50 for other activities. For kids aged 12 and under.

Ellsinore, MO

Twisted Terror Haunted House
Oct. 30 and 31 
7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Fare if you Dare is $6 for one time through. An unlimited night's pass is $15 and a fast pass is $20. Experience chills and thrills this weekend by making your way through the Haunted House in the 100-year-old brick Mercantile Building in Ellsinore, Carter County, Missouri. This building once served as a morgue and funeral parlor and former residents swear it is haunted. The funds will go to support the East Carter County R-II High School cheerleaders as they travel to state competition.  

Jackson, MO

Rocky Holler Annual Haunted Hayrides

Come take a spooky hayride at Rocky Holler. The event will be from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 30 and 31. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Rides are $10 per person. Directions: From Cape Girardeau, take I-55 north five miles to exit 105. Go south on Hwy. 61 to County Road 303. Call 573-243-6440 for more information.

Trunk or Treat

The annual trunk or treat is scheduled for October 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Park City Pool parking area in Jackson, Mo.

St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern Expressway Train rides

The Halloween Express will be on Saturday, Oct. 31. There will be a costume contest, auction just for kids, face painting, balloon animals, pumpkin decorating, Halloween pictures to color, Halloween story, and special treats. Kids in costume receive a discount on their ticket price. Leaves station at 1 p.m. and returns at 3 p.m.

Tractor Treat

Crossroad Church in Jackson, Mo. will host a Tractor Treat on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bring the family in costume or not! There will be games, inflatables, scary house, tractor rides, and TONS of candy!

Kennett, MO

Jaycees Haunted Jail

Take a trip through the Jaycess Haunted Jail, located inside of a real jailhouse. The old Dunklin County Jail, to be exact. It is open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. Admission is $10. The jail is located at 200 Slicer St. in Kennett.

Sikeston, MO

Beggs Family Farm
Oct. 2-31 (Wed.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) Kid-friendly activities, pumpkins, corn maze, etc.

Trick-or-Treating at the vet

The Delta Veterinary Clinic will host a trick-or-treating event on Friday, Oct. 30-31 beginning at 7:30 a.m. Dress up your fur baby and brink them by. The clinic is located at 603 Brunt Blvd. in Sikeston.

Family Halloween movie night

The Eastside Church of the Nazarene will host a Halloween-themed family movie night on Friday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Drop the kids off and enjoy a few hours of quiet, or bring the whole family and stay. There will be popcorn and snacks. Starting at 6, movies include: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (24 min.), "Hotel Transylvania" (91 min.) and "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (90 min.) The event is free. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. Come for all or part of the movie selections. The ending time is an approximation. The church is located at 129 Ralph St. in Sikeston.

Ste. Genevieve, MO

Bob and Stacy Browne's home

One Ste. Genevieve, Mo. husband and wife say they've been living with ghosts for years, and they have proof to back it up. Parts of Ste. Genevieve date back centuries, but for Bob and Stacy Browne, they say there's more than just history in their 210-year-old home. Learn more here.

New Madrid, MO

Eighth Annual New Madrid Ghost Tours

Make your reservations today for one of the most unique Halloween experiences in Southeast Missouri, the New Madrid Ghost Tours. Visit four haunted locations in historic downtown New Madrid and hear chilling takes of ghostly legends from expert tour guide. Investigate known haunted locations with a team of paranormal investigators and see first hand what it’s like to be a real ghost hunter. Tours run October 30 and 31 with two tours each evening at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Ticket price are $20 per person for the October 30 and 31 tours. Reservations are required due to limited group space. The tours last approximately two hours, rain or shine.  To see photos and listen to EVP’s (electronic voice phenomenon) that has been collected at these locations, you can "like" them on Facebook at New Madrid Ghost Tours. For more information or to reserve your tickets to this event please call 877-748-5300.

Poplar Bluff, MO

Haunted Grotto

Visit The Haunted Grotto at 3102 Kennedy Ln. on Thursday, Oct. 29. It opens at 7 p.m. and the cost is $10.

Oak Ridge, MO

Fall Festival

Everyone is welcome to the Fall Festival at the Cape County Cowboy Church. The fun starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. There will be games, kettle corn, face painting and hot dogs; followed by a short message at 7 p.m. and then more fun.

Doniphan, MO

Downtown Spooktacular

Take a trip to the Downtown Spooktacular in Doniphan, Mo. on Saturday, Oct. 31. The event is located in Heritage Park and will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cambria, IL

Haunted fun

Enjoy a haunted house or haunted walk for $4 at Cambria City Park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29-30. You can also take a trip in the hayride for $2. Get $1 off admission with the donation of a winter coat.

Carterville, IL

Pumpkin Path

The public is invited to Downtown Carterville for a parade, costume contest and trick-or-treating with local businesses. It will be Division Street from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30.

Carbondale, IL

Trick-or-Treat hours

Mayor John M. Henry has proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as the official "Trick-or-Treat" hours for Carbondale children.

Residents wishing to welcome trick-or-treaters should turn on their porch and exterior lights. It is recommended that trick-or-treaters wear reflective tape or clothing and that parents check all treats for potentially harmful objects.

Mayor Henry and the members of the city council ask for the cooperation of all citizens in making this a happy and safe occasion for our community.

Halloween at the Science Center

The Science Center of Southern Illinois is proud to announce that we will be participating in the mall-wide trick or treat and will be performing a Halloween Spooky Science Show at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The Science Center will be free to all guests wearing a costume and will offer Hovercraft rides after the science show.

It is located at the University Mall in Carbondale, Ill., directly across from S&B Burger's and Macy's.

For more information, you can contact Chris Walls at 618-529-5431 or thesciencecenter@hotmail.com

Pumpkin Patrol

The City of Carbondale Police Department is looking for volunteers for a Halloween safety patrol called "Pumpkin Patrol" on Saturday, October 31, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers wearing orange safety vests and driving vehicles bearing the "Pumpkin Patrol" logo will be patrolling areas of our community where kids go to trick or treat.  Although we strongly encourage adults to accompany children, the volunteers will identify potential hazards to children and provide a place where children can turn if they feel threatened. The department has sponsored the Pumpkin Patrol since 1992.

If you are interested in being on the "Pumpkin Patrol" contact Officer Randy Mathis at 457-3200, Extension 402.

Benton, IL

Fright Fest

Walk the haunted trails of the Camp Kanitowa Forest and try to come out alive. Fright Fest will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. It is located at 12770 North Benton Rd. in Benton, IL. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children and under. Call Tim at 618-438-1172 for more info.

Pinckneyville, IL

Mardi Gras

Pinckneyville will host the 93rd annual Mardi Gras Celebration Friday, Oct. 30-31. On the 30th, the city hosts a Business Trick or treat on South Walnut. It starts at 6 p.m. There will be a costume and pumpkin contest at 6:30 p.m. The Mardi Gras Festival takes place all day on Oct. 31. It features a flea market, car show, marching band festival and an 8K run, 5K walk. The Mardi Gras parade kicks off at 7 p.m.

Murphysboro, IL

Trunk-or-Treat

The Elm Street Baptist Church will hold its annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 31. Members of the church will be giving out candy and treats to children from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as a safe alternative to Halloween. Elm Street Baptist Church is located on the corner of 19th and Elm Streets in Murphysboro.

Mt. Vernon, IL

Trick-or-Treat with Sheriff Allen

Go to Dunbar Photography at 329 Broadway in Mt. Vernon on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 6 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept., Litton Ambulance Service and Dunbar Photography are teaming up for a fun evening. Take a free photo with the sheriff, get some Halloween safety information from the sheriff's department and collect candy from the ambulance service. For more information, you can call 618-735-2908.

Cobden, IL

Trick or treating hours are on Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.Children ages 12 years and younger are allowed to Trick or Treat in the community.

West Frankfort, IL

Trail of Treats will take place on Oct. 30 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Trick or treating hours are on Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Harrisburg, IL

Scare on the Square and Costume Contest

On Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. the city will how Scare on the Square trick or treat night and a Halloween costume contest. It will take place in the downtown area on the square. There will be gifts for costume contestants.

Williamson County, IL

Officers team up for Halloween safety

Officers in Williamson Co. are trying to make Halloween a little brighter and safer. They bought reflective Halloween trick-or-treat bags, as well as glow sticks. Families can pick up trick-or-treat bags at police departments in Marion, Herrin, Carterville, Johnston City or the Williamson Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Mayfield, KY

Graves County High School Football Game and Trunk or Treat

Children dressed in Halloween costumes will be admitted free with a paying adult to the Calloway at Graves County High School football game Friday evening. Additionally, the Graves County’s 12th Man Legacy is hosting its second annual Trunk or Treat in the tailgate area between 5:30 p.m. and kick-off. Any business, school, club, or individual who wants to participate in handing out candy may contact Veronica Atherton at 270-705-4740 or email her at gc12thmanlegacy@yahoo.com.

Chattanooga, TN

Haunted cavern and parade

The Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern is a unique attraction that adds a new level of fear to the traditional haunted house, opening September 25 and 26! Beginning at 7:30 p.m. nightly for the Freak Parade, this haunt runs October 1 until Halloween Fridays through Sundays, with an additional night October 8.

“It’s another year, another totally new theme including a double feature,” said Todd Patton, co-creator of the Haunted Cavern’s theme and professional build every year. “Not just one, but two haunts. Two themes.” In the cave there are deadly creatures of the night and at the top haunt visitors experience the mind of a madman.

Having discovered a machine once belonging to the Van Helsing family, Cerebus takes it over for military purposes. Once activated, the machine releases lyconthrope and nosferatu deep within Lookout Mountain. Dr. Delong and renowned psychiatrist Russo have developed a sophisticated form of video-enhanced hypnosis psychoanalysis, allowing visitors to encounter the memories and secrets within the madman Eugene Todd’s mind. 

This haunt continues to draw haunt enthusiasts from miles around, becoming one of the most popular and unique haunt destinations in the southeast, with national accolades as well. In 2014, the Haunted Cavern was listed in the number four spot on Buzzfeed.com’s list “19 terrifying haunted houses you should see before you die.” It has also recently received the ongoing special event award for an attraction in Tennessee.

This is the 12th year of fear for the Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern, where the theme changes every season and brave souls descend 26 stories underground, ‘where no one can hear you scream.’ Group discounts are available the first two weekends and on Sundays, plus additional savings if tickets are purchased online at www.hauntedcavern.com.

Ruby Falls is home to the tallest and deepest underground waterfall accessible to the public in the United States. Find out more at www.rubyfalls.com.

Halloween Safety Tips from the Jefferson Co., MO Sheriff's Office:

Before Trick-or-Treating

  • Wear a costume that makes it easy for you to walk and be seen
  • Be sure that your costume is short enough to avoid tripping
  • It is best to make a costume out of non-flammable material that won't catch on fire
  • Use reflective tape on your costume so people driving cars at night can see you
  • Carry a flashlight or glow stick with you at all times
  • If you wear a mask, take it off before crossing a street
  • Plan your trick-or-treat route ahead of time, picking streets that are well lit
  • Have a parent, older brother or sister go with you, or go with a group of children

During Trick-or-Treating

  • Trick-or-treat in a group and hold onto your treat bag tightly
  • Only trick-or-treat at houses with the porch light on
  • It's always best to trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood
  • Cross only at corners. Never cross the street between parked cars or the middle of the block. Look both ways before you cross!
  • Walk on well lit streets and stay on the sidewalk
  • If there are no sidewalks, stay as far left of the roadway as possible and walk facing traffic
  • Stop only at the houses of people you know
  • NEVER go into the home of a stranger, even if you are invited in for a treat
  • Wait until you get home to sort, check and eat your treats

After Trick-or-Treating

  • Throw away an candy or food that is not wrapped and sealed by a candy or food company
  • Always cut open your trick-or-treat fruit before you take your first bite from it
  • Notify your parents and the police if there are any suspicious treats. Treats meant to harm you!
  • Parents should examine all candy before allowing their children to eat it

Watch out for little ghosts and goblins on Halloween:

  • Stay alert. Neighborhoods that don't normally have a lot of pedestrian and bicycle traffic may experience an increase on Halloween night
  • Remember that kids are excited and may be trying to visit as many houses as possible in a short amount of time. They may forget to stop, look and listen as they cross the street
  • Be cautious in areas where cars are parked along the side of the street. Trick-or-treaters may suddenly dart into traffic from between parked cars
  • Be patient and SLOW DOWN!
  • Drive defensively
  • Enter/exit driveways carefully
  • Turn on your porch light to provide plenty of outdoor lighting
  • Eliminate tripping hazards in your yard
  • Use electrically powered Halloween decorations - if using candles, keep them away from where kids can get to them
  • Restrain pets to keep them from being frightened by the activities

Related links:

Pumpkin patches in the Heartland

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