Let those leaves fall! Autumn is here and with it, the smell of cider and warmth of cozy sweaters. Those of us at The Real KC love everything that the season has to offer and we want to share some ideas with you as you plan your monthly calendars. There's something for everyone – from cider mills to spooky adventures this Halloween. Let's get cozy people!!
Oct. 1st & 2nd: Ciderfest at Louisburg Cider Mill
Start your morning off with a pancake breakfast followed by family fun activities such as pony rides, an inflatable slide, cider and donut-making workshops along with craft booths all over. (8am to 6 pm) Admission is free, but the corn maze and pumpkin patch area has a $9 fee.
Oct. 1st: Shawnee Scarecrow Festival
A day-long festival of fun for the young ones is just the way to get your family into the fall mood. Paint pumpkins, build a scarecrow, and enjoy food from the farmer’s market or from local chefs showcasing their talents.
Oct. 1-2: 28th Annual Weston Applefest Celebration
Apples anyone? Spend some time in charming Weston this fall during its annual apple festival on Saturday (10 am - 6 pm) and Sunday (11 am – 5 pm). Don't miss the parade on Saturday at 10 am with antique tractors, cars, fire trucks, and music.
Oct. 7-9: Pony Express PumpkinFest
Experience this annual family arts festival in St. Joseph with festival rides, crafts, great foods, live entertainment and a children's costume parade. Don't miss the lighting of the Great Pumpkin Mountain on opening night.
Oct. 8th: Lakeside Nature Center’s Magic Woods
Want to get some exercise while entertaining your kids at the same time? Take an enchanted hike through the magical woods of the Lakeside Nature Center. Story time by animal characters featuring a magician just for the kids.
Oct. 8th: St. Peters Meyer Fest Carnival
On Saturday 10 a.m- 2 p.m you can experience family fun for all ages. The Carnival includes inflatables, giant hamster balls, a rock climbing wall, games and entertainment. After working up an appetite, stop by one of the food trucks!
Oct. 14th & 15th: Glow- A Jack-O-Lantern Festival
Walk the Jack-O-Lantern trail to see more than 700 pumpkins for the region’s largest display. With hayrides, live haunts, and pumpkin painting this will be a night your kids will not soon forget.
Learn more at http://www.powellgardens.org/glow
Oct 15-16 & 22-23: Hoots and Howls at the Zoo
There may be a little spook, but nothing scary at the zoo these fun-filled days with face painting, a hay bale maze, and some not-so-scary tales for little ones from 10 am-3 pm on select weekends.
Oct. 21-22 & 28-29: Night of the Living Farm at Deanna Rose
This beloved annual fundraiser includes hayrides, marshmallow roasts, a haunted barn and so much more for little ones who are ready for a fun adventure.
Oct. 22nd: Pumpkins and Mums Fall Festival
Face painting, pumpkin painting, carnival games, a petting zoo, and kid’s costumes! What more could a kiddo want? Treat your family to an afternoon full of fun at the Excelsior Springs Fall Festival from 12p.m – 6 p.m. More information at http://www.visitexcelsior.com/fallfestival.html
Oct. 29-30: Boo at the Zoo
Who doesn't want to trick-or-treat at the zoo?! From 10-3 on Sat-Sun, kiddos can do just that and enjoy the season with some furry friends.
Spooky and 18+:
Month of Oct.: Paranormal Investigations at the Belvoir Winery
This beautiful winery just north of Kansas City in Liberty offers public paranormal investigations throughout Sept-Oct. Come and you may just become a believer.
Month of Oct.: The Beast & Edge of Hell
Experience what the rest of Kansas City has been experiencing for the last two decades -- two haunted houses that rank among the best in the United States. The Beast, which has earned its reputation as a top 13 haunted house in the nation for years, is inviting you to see if you can handle it.
Month of Oct.: Macabre Cinema haunted house
Every weekend in September and October starting at 7:30 p.m, experience the fright of your life in a 1930’s themed theatre (if you dare). But be forewarned – once you’re in – the only way to escape is down the four-story plunge into the darkness on the “Bat Pole.”
Month of Oct.: Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun
Looking for a scare between thrilling roller-coaster rides? Well, Halloween Haunt is calling your name with its 400 creatures just waiting to hear you scream. From Asylum Island to Blood on the Bayou, you can be scared in a variety of ways. Buy your tickets for as low as $35.99.
Sept. 30th- Oct 2nd: Oktoberfest
Enjoy yourself at the annual Oktoberfest, sponsored by Chicken N Pickle with craft beer tastings, pickle ball tournaments, food, games, and more. Get your tickets now at https://www.evensi.us/oktoberfest-weekend-chicken-n-pickle/185899424
Oct. 8th: Meyer Fest Adult Block Party
18 and older only at this magical music-filled evening. 5 pm to 11 pm you can fill you time at Kansas City’s food trucks while enjoying a nice cold beverage on Meyer Boulevard.
Oct 15: Haunted Harris-Kemper Walking Tour
St. Joseph is full of interesting stories and this is your chance to hear some of the more spooky ones. With Halloween-themed tours of the Harris-Kemper neighborhood, the experience also includes psychic readings, costumed tour guides, and refreshments. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.
(Contact firstname.lastname@example.org more information)
Oct 27-28: Voices of the Past (Mount Mora Cemetery)
Tours of this intriguing cemetery in St. Joseph are ones you'll remember as you get the opportunity to “meet” residents of the past. Because this is one of the most popular events of the season, tickets go fast and space is limited, so reserve your spot early.
(Call 816.232.8471 for more information and to reserve tickets)
Guide to Area Pumpkin Patches & Cider Mills
Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch (http://carolynscountrycousins.com)
Schweizer Orchards (http://www.schweizerorchards.com)
Weston Red Barn Farm (http://www.westonredbarnfarm.com)
Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch (http://funfarmpumpkinpatch.com)
Louisburg Cider Mill & Country Store (http://www.louisburgcidermill.com)
KC Pumpkin Patch (www.kcpumpkinpatch.com)
Hickory Creek Ranch (www.hickorycreekranch.net)
Powell Pumpkin Patch (www.powellpumpkinpatch.com)
Cider Hill Family Orchard (www.ciderhillfamilyorchard.com)
Deanna Rose Farmstead (https://www.opkansas.org)
Faulkner's Ranch (http://www.faulknersranch.com)
Shuck's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (http://www.shucksmaze.com)
Dunn's Cider Mill (www.millsite.homestead.com)
Johnson Farms (www.johnsonfarms.net)
Kerby Farm Pumpkin Patch (www.kerbypumpkinpatch.com)
Schaake's Pumpkin Patch (www.schaakespumpkinpatch.com)