Halloween is right around the corner. People are getting their costumes ready and planning their routes for trick or treating. There’s always a lot going on in the Greater Springfield area for Halloween and we put together a list of some of the coolest things going on for parents and kids.
When: October 15 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Where: C Street
Get in the Halloween spirit early with this awesome pet festival! Before you and your kids don your costumes for this year, suit up your pups and take them down to C Street. Dogs will be able to trick or treat (and so will the kids), and march in one of the largest pet parades in the state! The costume parade starts at about 3:15, so don’t be late! There will tons of stuff to do for humans, too. A hay maze, games, food, music and of course, an inflatable bounce house. All proceeds from the event will go toward organizations to benefit animals and children in the area.
When: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday and some Saturdays
Where: Pythian Castle
It’s only fitting that Springfield’s most famous castle has a haunted tour for Halloween, right? Now, it’s a little spooky, so Pythian suggests that kids under 8 may not want to participate. The folks at Pythian go all out for Halloween, decorating the castle for this interactive Haunted tour. There’s also some history on the castle in the tour. It’s always good to get a little education mixed in with all that candy!
When: October 21 and 22 with tours at 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Where: The History Museum on the Square
Fisk Transportation and the History Museum have teamed up to create this awesome haunted tour. The Museum’s John Sellars narrated the tour, which covers some of the spookiest places in the city. You’ll see the first cemetery in Springfield, building thought to be haunted and even a Civil War burial site. This year, they’re also offering VIP tickets that features a post-tour reception at Hotel Vandivort!
When: October 21 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Tower Club
Games, costume contest and even a dance party! The Spooks and Spirits Costume Ball is a Halloween party presented by Fish Tales to benefit kids with disabilities in the area. Fish Tales helps kids in a bunch of different ways, but one of their go to activities is fishing, as you may have guessed from the name. This is another great charitable group who is doing great things in our community. All proceeds from this event will go toward their cause.
When: October 21 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Where: Dickerson Park Zoo (For kids ages 4-12)
Break out those Halloween costumes a little early for the kids and head out to the Zoo for Monster Mash! Kids will be able to hang out with zookeepers, play games, do some crafts and plenty more! The Zoo Venture Crew will be on hand to help kids learn more about the animals at the zoo and what it’s like to be a zookeeper. Don’t worry, there won’t be any real monsters there, unless you count snakes.
When: October 22 Shows at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. After events to follow
Where: C Street
One of the most iconic music videos of all time will come to life on historic C Street on October 21. Michael Jackson’s Thriller is a great Halloween song and an even better dance. There will be two shows on Commercial at both 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The later show has been called PG-13 by the organizers, so keep that in mind if you’re bring the kiddos. Vintage circus-style games and plenty of music will also be there and as with many of the other events, costumes are encouraged!
When: October 27th 6:00 p.m.
Where: Juanita K. Hammons Hall
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra is putting on a FREE concert in which the musicians will wear their Halloween costumes and perform festive tunes! Tickets are required, so check out their website for details. You are encouraged to wear your costume to the event as well! It’ll be one giant costume party with the best soundtrack in the city!
When: October 29th 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Andy B’s
Bowling is great any time of the year, but this event is especially important. Champion Athletics of the Ozarks is hosting Monster Bowling to benefit local people living with disabilities. They are a really great organization which strives to build self-confidence and social skills for athletes with disabilities in the Ozarks. All the proceeds from this event will go toward the CAO’s mission.
Teams can register to participate at http://championathletes.org/. It’s $30 per team for two games. There will be prizes and plaques for the winners and the greatest prize of all for all participants: pizza!
When: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Every Saturday until October 29th
Where: Smallin Civil War Cave
Take a step back in time at the Smallin Civil War cave. Campfire stories, a cave tour and some old-fashioned cuisine are just a few of the reasons to try this one out. Watch out for the Baldknobbers, though. They pop up now and then!