12 Halloween Events in Springfield to Attend in October
As evening temperatures begin to drop and the leaves change color, people prepare for the family favorite holiday: Halloween. This year, various “spooky” events take place throughout the month leading up to Halloween on Monday, October 31.
The News-Leader has compiled a list of these events to enjoy, from trunk or treat to pet costume contests.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Graveyard Shift
When: from tuesday 18 oct. to monday 31 oct.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at 4005 South Ave. Following
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is hosting the Graveyard Shift series this year, inviting horror movie fans to watch the classics. From Tuesday, October 18 through Halloween night, a variety of horror movies will be available late into the night. These films include “The Crow”, “The Guest”, “Trick ‘r Treat”, and “Donnie Darko”.
To purchase a movie ticket, visit drafthouse.com/springfield/movies/graveyard-shift.
Barking and booing
When: Saturday, Oct. 22 at noon
Where: Bark Yard at 3110 E. Cherry St.
Bark Yard is hosting a Halloween party to raise money for Havaheart Rescue, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide rescue, care, rehabilitation, and adoption services to homeless dogs. People are encouraged to come dressed up with their dogs, as a dog costume contest will be held. The top two winners will receive annual park passes.
Local musician Shaun Munday performs from 2-3 p.m. and Mother’s Brewing Company provides drinks.
Missouri Institute of Natural Sciences Trunk-or-Treat
When: Saturday Oct. 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Missouri Institute of Natural Science at 2327 W. Farm Road 190
The Missouri Institute of Natural Science Trunk-or-Treat Annual Meeting is held the weekend before Halloween weekend. Free activities include a costume contest, trick or treating, pumpkin painting, and Halloween crafts.
Cooper Smash Halloween Party
When: Friday, Oct. 28 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Cooper Tennis Complex at 2331 E. Pythian St.
The Cooper Tennis Complex is hosting a free Halloween party for kids ages 5-12. Kids can play a round of indoor tennis and enjoy other games, candies and prizes for best costumes.
When: Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.
Where: Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts at 525 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway
Children of all ages and their families are invited to enjoy the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s 14th Annual Spooky Symphony. The free Halloween concert features the full orchestra dressed in Halloween costumes, led by Music Director and Bandleader Kyle Wiley Pickett. Performances will include themes from “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones” and “Into the Hall of the Mountain King, Ride of the Valkyries.”
Although the concert is free, tickets are required for entry with assigned seating. To reserve your spot, go to springfieldmosymphony.org/events/spooky-symphony. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra also hosts a Halloween costume contest for children. Winners will receive free tickets to the orchestra’s annual holiday concert.
To apply for the costume contest, “like” the “Springfield Symphony Orchestra MO” Facebook page at facebook.com/springfieldsymphony/. Then post a photo of your kids wearing their Halloween costume at Hammons Hall on Facebook. Finally, be sure to tag “Springfield Symphony Orchestra” in the post so the organization can see the entry.
The winners will be announced on the “Springfield Symphony Orchestra MO” Facebook page on Wednesday, November 2.
Trick-or-Treating at Wildlife Wonders
When: from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31
Where: Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium at 500 W. Sunshine St.
Families are invited to make candy and explore the wonders of wildlife during the three-day museum and aquarium event. Trick-or-treating is available October 29 from 4-7 p.m., October 30 from 3-6 p.m., and October 31 from 2-5 p.m.
Trick-or-treating is free, but general admission to Wonders of Wildlife is required. Buy your tickets at wondersofwildlife.org/tickets-pricing/.
Halloween Hustle: Where’s Bigfoot?
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Starts at City Utilities at 301 E. Central St.
Springfield’s City Utilities is hosting in-person and virtual races to benefit Harmony House, a local organization that provides shelter, advocacy and education for survivors of domestic violence. People can run in person or virtually in the 5K or 10K. The race route is fairly flat, winding through downtown Springfield.
To register, visit bit.ly/3Tg1O7g.
Registration fees until October 16 are $10 for the children’s 5 km (12 and under), $25 for the adult 5 km and $30 for the adult 10 km. Registration fees after October 16 are $15 for the 5 km for children, $30 for the 5 km for adults and $35 for the 10 km for adults. Virtual registration is $25 before October 16 and $30 after. All participants will receive an official Halloween Hustle t-shirt.
Trick Art Treat
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Springfield Art Museum at 1111 E. Brookside Drive
The Springfield Art Museum’s annual free Trick Art Treat event features craft activities for families throughout the morning. Costumes are encouraged.
C-Street Historic Trick-or-Treat
When: Saturday Oct. 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Historic commercial street
Businesses along Historic C-Street welcome trick-or-treaters during the afternoon of Saturday, October 29. Children are encouraged to dress up.
Halloween Monster Ball to benefit CARE Animal Rescue
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Where: Abu Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque at 601 E. St. Louis St.
People are encouraged to come dressed to impress for the Halloween Monster Ball to benefit the shipwrecked animal rescue effort. CARE is a local non-profit organization dedicated to ending cruelty to animals. All profits from the ball will be donated to the association. The ball includes dishes prepared by Pappos Pizzeria and a costume contest. The winner will receive $500 in cash.
Buy your tickets at eventbrite.com/e/halloween-monster-ball-tickets-384783908027.
Coven of the Queens Halloween Drag Brunch
When: Sunday, Oct. 30 at 10 a.m.
Where: The Cellar by SBC at 507 W. Walnut St.
Drag Brunch returns to SBC’s The Cellar this month for a Halloween-themed show for all ages. Doors open at 10 a.m., brunch is served at 10:30 a.m., and the show begins around 11:30 a.m. Queens on the program include Ether, Kora Kay, Nikotine, Queen Lasagna and Reggie So Kold Markstone-Carrington.
When: Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: CoxHealth Wheeler Heart and Vascular Center parking lot at 3800 S. National Ave.
CoxHealth’s annual Trunk or Treat event will be held in the new Wheeler Heart & Vascular Center parking lot, just off National Avenue. Booth or candy booths, ambulance tours, games, hot chocolate and popcorn will be available for children of all ages. The event is free.