While there are plenty of fall and Halloween events in Kansas City to look forward to this year, for some it’s not Halloween without a good scare. If you really want to send chills down your spine, you’ll find this guide to local haunted houses, ghost tours, Halloween pop-up bars, and even a couple of spooky events for younger kids helpful. While some are meant for adults, others allow teens or younger kids with an accompanying adult. Make sure you double check to see if tickets or reservations are required!
This is a haunted trail in the woods of Bonner Springs, Kan. It is a one mile hike and the terrain is rugged, so make sure you have the physical stamina (and the right shoes) before you take on this haunted attraction. Kids must be at least 12 to enter.
This is a brand new event in the old Masonic Temple and Borders Bookstore in downtown. Lawrence. The experience promises 41 jump scares, so prepare yourself! The event is open to all ages but the Haunted Theater is only for those over 21 after 8 p.m.
These haunted houses in the West Bottoms have been an annual favorite for thrill seekers for years. While you can buy tickets to one or the other, many opt to take advantage of the discounted combo ticket. For an upcharge, you can get a VIP ticket to bypass the lines. There is also a $10 add on for the Beast Jump. Both haunted houses are scary in different ways. The Beast has an open floor plan with a foggy werewolf forest and a maze while the Edge of Hell is a multi-story more traditional haunted house. Read more on their FAQ page. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
In October, this historic site offers all ages and 21+ informational ghost tours as well as paranormal investigations.
Check out their variety of ghost tours at haunted historic sites around the metro.
The inn and winery will be hosting events in October including paranormal investigations.
This company is offering bus and walking ghost tours in Kansas City, Kan. and Shawnee. If one of their scheduled times doesn’t work, you can book a private walking tour for your group.
While public tours are available of the former psychiatric hospital (check Groupon for potential of discounted tickets), if you want an actual ghost tour of the site here are some upcoming dates from Ghost Hunts USA.
Downtown Lee’s Summit is hosting ghost tours of its prominent buildings on October 16.
Take a tour of haunted homes in Fort Leavenworth on October 22 and 23.
If you’d like to check out multiple haunted sites, consider a private haunted taxi tour to visit several spots around the metro, led by your own personal tour guide.
If you are up for a day (night?) trip, consider visiting Atchison, located about an hour northwest of the metro. Atchison is believed to be the most haunted town in Kansas, and there are an abundance of tours available to frighten you.
This Victorian mansion in Independence has ghost tours available throughout the month of October. Check out ticket information here.
If you are looking for a night away, book the paranormal package that includes an overnight stay and their haunted tour.
On Fridays and Saturdays (and select Thursdays) from September 17 thru October 30, the Halloween Haunt runs from 6 p.m. – midnight. The park comes alive with creepy shows and haunted houses and scares around every corner. It is not recommended for kids under 14. Mom tip: If you are considering a season pass for 2022, buy one this fall and use it for the remaining 2021 dates.
I spoke with the owners and they said their spooky Halloween display in downtown Overland Park should be up by October 9. It will be viewable from the street this year versus the typical walk through.
Located in Lee’s Summit, The Exit Room offers spooky themed escape rooms. Gather a group of friends and see if you can escape before the clock runs out!
Located in Kearney, Mo., this haunted walk in Mack Porter Park is on October 30 and 31.
For Younger Kids
This drive-thru Halloween event in Gardner, KS is open on most Friday and Saturday nights in October from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. The event is free but they do ask for small cash donations or an unwrapped toy that they will donate to a local Secret Santa organization.
This event in Olathe is at Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center. This is a one night-only event on October 23, and there are several entry times available. It is for kids 8 and up and adult chaperones are required. Walking through the trail as it get dark, guests will encounter scary storytellers and hear ghost stories. The program is about 90 minutes long.
This annual event at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead has tons of Halloween activities for kids including a scary and non-scary hayride. Mom tip: If you want to ride the scary hayride go straight there when you enter. The line gets long and this way you can shorten your wait time and have more time for all the other activities afterward. This year the event is October 23-24 and October 29-30.
Halloween Pop-Up Bars
A Dracula themed pop-up bar will be in North Kansas City at Vignettes Bar on Fridays – Sundays this October. At 3 Trails Brewery in Independence, you will find the Spookeasy bar on Thursday – Saturdays. This brewery is inside an actual morgue! How’s that for creepy?
This Hocus Pocus themed pop-up bar is on Thursdays – Sundays this October. There are themed drinks, decor, and live entertainment from the Kansas City Public Theatre. There are two seatings each night and tickets are required.
Make reservations for this Victorian-era seance gone wrong experience. Costumes are strongly encouraged!
Visit the Conductor Club at Pierpont’s on Thursdays – Saturdays for their spooky Willy Wonka themed pop-up bar. Reservations are encouraged!