PHOTO BY JON GITCHOFF
The Central West End's famous costume contest — always a good time.
We’ve rounded up all the area’s creepiest holiday fun, so whether you’re scouting for the biggest and best parties or just want the scoop on ongoing haunted attractions, it’s all right here.
Check out parties and events happening this week, evergreen haunted happenings, and then our roster of Halloween weekend parties. And then start figuring out your costume. You can definitely do better than "sexy corn" this year
Haunted Hustle 5K Run
The Haunted Hustle is a fun 5k run/walk in Forest Park next to the Muny. There will be something for everyone: crafts for kids and craft beer for adults. All proceeds benefit the Sunshine Kids, an organization that helps kids with cancer in the St. Louis area. Costumes are encouraged. Free t-shirt with registration. Sat., Oct. 29, 9-11 a.m., 25.00 for adults, $15 for kids, www.selectgivesback.com. Forest Park, Highway 40 (I-64) & Hampton Ave., St. Louis.
Bring the kids to the Villains Breakfast at Hard Rock Cafe. The restaurant will have special themed games and activities, and they can pose for a professional photo with their favorite bad guy. Sat., Oct. 29, 9-11 a.m., $18.95/person (kids 2 and younger are free with paid parent). Hard Rock Cafe, 1820 Market St., St. Louis, 314-621-7625.
Halloween Comicfest 2016
Come celebrate Halloween at Star Clipper. They’ll give out free comics and candy all day to everybody wearing a costume. Enter the horror cosplay contest for your chance to win a store gift card. Sat., Oct. 29, 10 a.m., free admission. Star Clipper, 1319 Washington Ave, St. Louis, 314-240-5337.
Boogie Man Cash Bash
Big Daddy’s on the Landing presents the 9th Annual Big Daddy’s Boogie Man Cash Bash Halloween Party. Cash prizes for the Best Costume, Sexiest Ladies Costume, and Best Group or Couple on both Saturday Oct. 29 and Monday Oct. 31. More than $2,500 in total prize money over two nights. Sat., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.; Mon., Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-3 a.m., $5.00 to $20 Cover Charge, 314-621-6700, lacledes-landing.bigdaddystl.com/st-louis-halloween-party/. Big Daddy’s-The Landing, 118 Morgan St., St. Louis.
CWE Halloween Street Party
The Central West End does Halloween in a big way with its famous all-day street party. The kids’ costume contest and parade starts at 11 a.m., followed by the dog parade and costume contest. At 2 p.m. live music and street entertainers take over, and then at 8 p.m. comes the big one: The CWE’s famous adults-only costume contest with its $2,500 top prize. Sat., Oct. 29, free admission. Central West End, Maryland and Euclid, St. Louis.
UnOrdinary: An Experiential Haunting Evening
Leverage Dance Theater presents a site-specific dance performance that moves through three floors of a mostly abandoned building. The audience is encouraged to dress in creepy, decaying costumes to further enhance the experience. Fri., Oct. 28, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 29, 7 & 9 p.m., $20-$25, squareup.com/store/leverage-dance-theater. Intersect Art Gallery, 3630 Texas Ave, St. Louis.
Johnny Brock’s Dungeon and Ballpark Village team up for the biggest party of the season. Freakshow spans four bars and clubs and offers live entertainment, fire breathers, freak performances and Creepy Clown DJ. Tickets include draft beer, house wine, premium well spirits and a souvenir cup. Don’t forget the costume contest, with its $5,000 prize package. 21 and older only. Sat., Oct. 29, 8-11 p.m., $25-$50. Ballpark Village, 601 Clark Ave, St. Louis, 314-345-9481.
Halloween Movie Night
Generation Listen STL and The Nine Network are joining forces to bring a fun and spooky movie night under the stars. They’ll be showing House on Haunted Hill (1959) and Dracula (1931) in the Public Media Commons in Grand Center on the two-story screen. A $10 ticket includes one food ticket. Additional food will be available for purchase as well as a cash bar. 21 and over, please. Fri., Oct. 28, 7-11 p.m., $10 (cash only if paying at the door), 314-516-5968, email@example.com, www.stlpublicradio.org/events/index.php. Public Media Commons, 3653 Olive St, St. Louis.
Howl at the Moon’s annual party is happening Halloween weekend with drink specials, games, and everyone’s favorite — a costume contest! Sip on Angry Orchards or try the Black Widow Buckets. The bar swears they won’t turn you into a toad. Fri., Oct. 28, 7-11:45 p.m., 314-736-4695, hubs.howlatthemoon.com/halloween-at-howl-at-the-moon. Howl at the Moon, 601 Clark Ave Unit J, in Ballpark Village, St. Louis.
Lemp Mansion Halloween Bash
Come party with three live bands, four-hour open bar, appetizer buffets and a costume contest with cash prizes. Try your luck in the Lemp Mansion scavenge hunt (first 100 to sign-up only). Sat., Oct. 29, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m., $65-$75. Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn, 3322 DeMenil Place, St. Louis, 314-664-8024.
Find out what goes bump in the night at Molly’s thirteenth annual Mollyween party. Highlights include drink specials, dancing, monsters and a costume contest with more than $1,000 in cash prizes. Sat., Oct. 29, 7 p.m.-1 a.m., free admission. Molly’s in Soulard, 816 Geyer Ave., St. Louis, 314-241-6200.
The Ringmaster’s Revenge
Join the Boom Boom Room for its second annual Halloween bash for a circus freak-filled night. From dead burlesque dancers to shots that will make you grow a little hair on your chest, it’s all downtown. There’s a $5 cover. Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m., 314-436-7000, https://www.facebook.com/events/1255817924429503/. The Boom Boom Room, 500 N 14th St, St. Louis.
Saence Album Release
Post-metal band Saence resurrects itself for an album release party with a Halloween ball theme. Sat., Oct. 29, 8 p.m., $15. Wildey Theatre, 254 N. Main St., Edwardsville, 618-692-7538.
Spirits in the Garden
Learn about the haunted history of the garden’s Victorian District while sampling botanical spirits from local distilleries. There will be a costume contest, a scavenger hunt for “wicked plants” and dancing. Light appetizers and spirit samples included in ticket price, and a cash bar will also be on offer. 21 and older only. Fri., Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m., $15-$35. Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, 314-577-9400.
Star Clipper Zombie Crawl 2016
Calling all zombies for a zombie pub crawl. Pick up your zombie passport at Star Clipper and then shamble through ten nearby bars — get your passport punched at each stop for increasing discounts on store purchases. The shop is also hosting a zombie costume contest with prizes for best pin-up, scariest costume, staff pick and mash-up. Tickets for the pub crawl are just $5. Sat., Oct. 22, 8 p.m.-midnight, $5. Star Clipper, 1319 Washington Ave, St. Louis, 314-240-5337.
Strike Out Homelessness 2016
The Young Friends of Room at the Inn invites you to Strike Out Homelessness 2016! Support ending homelessness while having fun bowling and winning raffle prizes. Cash bar. Costumes are encouraged. All proceeds benefit the Room at the Inn Youth Enrichment Fund, which focuses on limiting the impact of homelessness on kids. Fri., Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m., $25 in advance; $30 at the door, 314-209-9181, www.roomstl.org/events/strikeout2016. Saratoga Bowling Lanes, 2725-A Sutton A, St. Louis.
360 Annual Halloween Bash
Something wickedly fun is brewing at Three Sixty. The bar’s fifth annual Haunted Heights Halloween Bash is back for two nights — Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, both from 8 p.m. to close. Pick your poison with incredible drink specials. Guests will enjoy a costume contest with spook-tacular prizes, frightful Halloween festivities and more. Stop by for a bloody good time where you will eat, drink & be scary at your favorite rooftop bar. Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., Free Until 10 p.m., 314-641-8842, www.360-stl.com/events/. Three Sixty St. Louis, 1 S. Broadway, St. Louis.
Alton Halloween Parade
One of the longest-running Halloween celebrations east of the Mississippi takes place in the most haunted small town in America. More than 80 floats, bands and costumed characters participate. Mon., Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m., free admission. Washington Avenue and Broadway, Alton.
Ballpark Village's annual Halloween party is just one of the events happening in the next two weeks.
St. Louis’ only extreme scream haunted house has no fake monsters and no animations, only you and your terror. There’s a staircase that takes you to the darkest place on earth and a damp, dark cave-and-tunnel complex more than 100 feet underground. Fridays, Saturdays, 6:15 p.m.-12:15 a.m.; Through Oct. 27, 7-9:30 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 28, 7 p.m.-midnight; Sat., Oct. 29, 7 p.m.-midnight; Sun., Oct. 30, 7-9:30 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 31, 6:30-11:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 22, $25. Lemp Brewery Haunted House, Cherokee St. and 18th St., St. Louis.
CreepyWorld has expanded yet again and now houses 13 haunted attractions, including Silo-X, the Haunted Graveyard and Hornbuckel Pig Farm. New this year are the Christmas horror story Krampus Returns and the Night of the Living Dead Haunted Hayride. Fridays, Saturdays, 6:15 p.m.-12:15 a.m.; Thu., Oct. 20, 7-9:30 p.m.; Through Oct. 27, 7-9:30 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 28, 7 p.m.-midnight; Sat., Oct. 29, 7 p.m.-midnight; Sun., Oct. 30, 7-9:30 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 31, 6:30-11:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 22, $25. CreepyWorld, S. Old Highway 141 and 13th St., Fenton, 314-631-8000.
America’s premier haunted house is back and scarier than ever. New features include zombie-themed escape rooms and zombie laser tag. Fridays, Saturdays, 6:15 p.m.-12:15 a.m.; Thu., Oct. 20, 7-9:30 p.m.; Through Oct. 27, 7-9:30 p.m.; Fri., Oct. 28, 7 p.m.-midnight; Sat., Oct. 29, 7 p.m.-midnight; Sun., Oct. 30, 7-9:30 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 31, 6:30-11:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 22, $25. The Darkness, 1525 S. Eighth St., St. Louis, 314-631-8000.
Haunted Corn Maze
Visit the country and get lost in a haunted corn maze after dark. You will need sturdy shoes, a stout heart, $10 and a flashlight to look for clues in the maze to figure out who killed Farmer Brown. Fridays, Saturdays, 7-9:30 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 31, 7-9:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29, $10 per person, 636-584-8001, www.stjordancreek.com. St. Jordan Creek Winery 2829 US-50, Beaufort.
Haunted Laser Tag
It’s just like a haunted house, but with laser tag. Every Friday and Saturday in October, from 8-11 p.m., Edison’s 3,500-square-foot laser tag arena becomes “Haunted Quest Laser Tag.” Spooky live actors will lurk in the fog and scare the brave souls who dare to play laser tag. Fridays, Saturdays, 8-11 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29, $7-25, 618-307-9020, www.edisonsfun.com. Edison’s Entertainment Complex, 2477 S State Rte 157, Edwardsville.
Layers of Insanity
Layers of Insanity opened at the Haunt earlier this month. Can you escape the laboratory? Dr. Furness’ first victim, his wire, has returned from the dead; stop her in a maze of challenges. Available for groups of six. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations or come to the Haunt Fri and Saturday without reservations. Fridays, Saturdays, 8-11 p.m. Continues through Oct. 31, 25, 314-481-5003. The Haunt, 5000 Alaska Ave, St. Louis.