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Ink’s 2012 Halloween Guide

Did we miss your event? Send the date, time, cost and a brief description to Dugan Arnett at dugan@inkkc.com.



KC Fantasy & Fetish Halloween Ball

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main St.

What: Burlesque, fetish experts, a DJ and a costume contest with cash prizes. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. VIP tickets are $50-$100.

Info: kcffhalloween.com


Horror on the Boulevard II

When: Gates open at 4 p.m.

Where: Boulevard Drive-In Theatre, 1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, Kan.

What: Triple-feature of horror flicks: “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2,” “Demons” and “Dawn of the Dead.” Appearances by Mark Patton and Kim Myers from “Nightmare on Elm Street 2”and Geretta Geretta from “Demons.” Live music from Ghoultown and the Haunted Creepys and a costume contest on Saturday. $30 per car.

Info: boulevarddrivein.com, 913.262.2414


Death Becomes Hair

When: 7-11:30 p.m.

Where: VanNoy Mansion, 6800 Elmwood Ave.

What: Food, live music, silent auction, Halloween-themed cocktails and dancing at this masquerade ball and fashion show that benefits the Rose Brooks Center and the American Cancer Society of Kansas City. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door.

Info: rosebrooks.org

Masquerade Charity Ball

When: 7 p.m.

Where: The Carriage House at the Levee, 20 W. 43rd St.

What: DJ, a photo booth and prizes for costume contests. You can also buy raffle tickets for donated prizes and bob for apples. The event benefits Bread KC, an organization that helps fund local artists. Cover is $5.

Info: breadkc.wordpress.com



When: 8:30 p.m.

Where: Grinders, 417 E. 18th St.

What: The Screenland at Grinders free film series shows the 2009 Jesse Eisenberg film “Zombieland” in the outdoor event space behind the restaurant. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Info: grinderspizza.com, 816.472.5454

Zombie ride food drive **

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Meet in the parking lot of Marsh’s Sun Fresh Market, 4001 Mill St., Westport

What: Start off with a food drive (bring nonperishable items) and then take a group bike ride in zombie attire to Grinders to watch “Zombieland” (see above).

Info: facebook.com/events/283485635089515


‘Ghoul School’

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Liberty Hall,644 Massachusetts St., Lawrence

What: A group of Springfield, Mo., filmmakers screens its short film about two students who break into their high school in an attempt to steal a test and the ghostly high jinks that ensue. The filmmakers will hold a question-and-answer session afterward, followed by a screening of the 1989 Tom Hanks film “The Burbs.”

Info: ** wonderfair.com



When: 6-9:30 p.m.

Where: Powell Gardens, 1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50, Kingsville, Mo.

What: Kid-friendly annual garden tour with trick-or-treating and skits by costumed storybook characters. Tours start every 20 minutes between 6 (6:30 p.m. on Friday) and 9:05 p.m. Registration required. Tickets for Powell Garden members start at $9 ($7 for children ages 5-12 years old). Tickets for non-members start at $12.

Info: powellgardens.org, 816.697.2600, ext. 209


Fall Festival

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Power & Light District

What : Trick-or-treat at local businesses during this fest, featuring hayrides, a maze and puppet show.

Info: powerandlightdistrict.com

** Bowl a ‘Strike’ Against Violence

When: 1-4 p.m.

Where: Ward Parkway Lanes, 1523 W. 89th St.

What: Kansas City’s Anti-Violence Project hosts its annual fundraiser to support victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and hate crimes in Missouri and Kansas. The Halloween-themed event includes a costume contest. Tickets, which include unlimited bowling and food from Waldo Pizza, are $45. Entry for teams of six is $250.

Info: ** kcavp.org, 816.561.0550



When: 8:30 p.m.

Where: Grinders, 417 E. 18th St.

What: The Screenland at Grinders free film series shows the 1984 hit “Ghostbusters” in the outdoor event space behind the restaurant. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Info: grinderspizza.com, 816.472.5454


Halloweenie Roast

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Midland, 1228 Main St.

What: 96.5 the Buzz concert with live music by Coheed and Cambria, Dead Sara, the Dear Hunter and Three. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show.

Info: midlandkc.com, 816.283.9921


Terror at the Train Station 10

When: 8-midnight

Where: Union Station

What: The Bacchus Foundation and O.E. Ellis Foundation’s annual costume party features twelve full bars serving free cocktails, a DJ, thousands of dollars worth of prizes and a costume contest sponsored by Ink. Proceeds benefit the Kansas City branches of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Ronald McDonald House. Tickets are $45 ($50 day of) and VIP tickets are $75 ($80 day of).

Info: terrorparty.com

Freakers Ball

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: The Midland, 1228 Main St.

What: 98.9 the Rock’s concert featuring Chevelle, Saving Abel, 10 Years, Red Line Chemistry and Striving for Cairo. Advance tickets are $35 and $40 on the day of the show.

Info: midlandkc.com, 816.283.9921


** Boo at the Zoo

When: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Kansas City Zoo, 6800 Zoo Drive

What: Trick-or-treat event featuring costume parades and music by DJ Kirby. Free with zoo admission.

Info: kansascityzoo.org, 816.513.5800


Halloween Hustle

When: 7 a.m.

Where: Unity Village, 1902 N.W. Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit

What: The Halloween-themed road race includes 5K and 10K options, as well as costume contests. Registration is $35 through Oct. 25 and $40 after that.

Info: kctrack.org

Halloween on the Hill

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Martini Corner

What: Party at six Martini Corner bars and in an outdoor tent featuring live music from the Patrick Lentz Band. Tickets, which include unlimited well drinks, domestic beer and house wine from 8 p.m. to midnight, are $35-$55 and $45-$65 the day of the event.

Info: halloweenonthehill.com

** Boo Ball

When: 7-11 p.m.

Where: Emaline Ballroom, 616 S.W. Third St., Lee’s Summit

What: NBC anchor and cancer survivor Cynthia Newsome hosts an evening that includes costume contests, prizes and a silent auction. The People Next Door will provide live music. The St. Luke’s East Hospital fundraiser benefits the hospital’s new Appearance Renewal Center, which aids cancer survivors in their recovery.

Info: boo-ball.org

Party Monster VII

When: 9 p.m.

Where: VooDoo Lounge, inside Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino & Hotel, 1 Riverboat Drive in North Kansas City

What: Music by DJ Jay E and the best costume wins $1,000 in this seventh annual event.

Info: voodookc.com

Independence Halloween Parade

When: Events start at 1 p.m.

Where: The square in downtown Independence

What: Before the parade, which starts at 3 p.m., kids can trick-or-treat from 1-2:30 p.m. at participating businesses throughout the square. You can also guess the weight of a giant pumpkin for a shot at a $100 prize.

Info: independencechamber.org

** Howl-O-Ween Bash

When: 7 p.m.

Where: 1334 Grand Blvd. in the Power & Light District

What: Come in costume and you can win as much as $1,500 in prizes during the bar’s Halloween party. Drink specials and dueling pianos throughout the night.

Info: howlatthemoon.com

Llywelyn’s Pub Costume Party

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Llywelyn’s Pub, 6995 W. 151st St., Overland Park

What: Live music by Flannigan’s Right Hook, drink specials and a prize wheel. The bar will be giving away $500 in prizes.

Info: llywelynspubkc.com, 913.402.0333


‘Night of the Living Dead’

When: 8:30 p.m.

Where: Grinders, 417 E. 18th St.

What: The Screenland at Grinders free film series shows the horror film in the outdoor event space behind the restaurant. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Info: grinderspizza.com, 816.472.5454

** Halloween Boo Bash Golf Tournament

When: 10 a.m.

Where: Shoal Creek Golf Course, 8905 Shoal Creek Parkway

What: Admission is $75 per player for this three-person scramble golf tournament that includes 18 holes and a golf cart rental. There’s a buffet lunch following the tournament, and golf contests.

Info: shoalcreekgolf.com, 816.407.7242


Boo Bash

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Ra Sushi, 11638 Ash St., Leawood

What: $10 Halloween-themed food and $8 drink specials, a DJ and a $100 Ra Sushi gift certificate to the winner of the evening’s costume contest.

Info: rasushi.com/leawood, 913.850.6260

Halloween Humpday Party

Where: Ernie Biggs, 4115 Mill St.

What: Parking lot party with a tent. Music by High Noon and DJ Ashton Martin and a $1,000 costume contest judged by Sporting KC players. Wells and draws are $1. Inside, you’ll find dueling pianos. Cover is $10.

Info: erniebiggs.com, 816.561.2444


When: 8 p.m.

Where: 12056 W. 135th St., Overland Park

What: Music by the Justin Andrew Murray Band. Halloween-themed drinks and prizes for the best costume.

Info: quasimodokc.com, 913.239.9666

Blood Bath Halloween Blow Out

When: 9 p.m.Where: Gusto Lounge, 504 Westport Road

What: Drink specials and prizes for the best costumes. Music by DJ Sheppa.

Info: thegustolounge.com


** The Beast

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Open daily starting Oct. 25 through Nov. 3.

Where: 1401 W. 13th St. in the West Bottoms

What: Founded in 1991, the Beast bills itself the largest haunted house operating in the U.S. Explore the Werewolf Forest, a quarter-acre space in which you’re forced to find your way out without the luxury of lights. You can also tour Jack the Ripper’s London and check out the live alligator on-site. Tickets are $27.

Info: kcbeast.com

The Edge of Hell

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Open daily starting Oct. 25 through Nov. 3.

Where: 1300 W. 12th St. in the West Bottoms

What: Kansas City’s oldest haunted house was founded in 1975 and is still considered a groundbreaking work of Halloween-themed fun. If the 45 live actors wandering the quarter-mile path don’t scare you, the creatures such as Medusa, a 25-foot python, probably will. Tickets are $27.

Info: edgeofhell.com

The Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe

When: 8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: 1100 Santa Fe St. in the West Bottoms

What: The house inspired by the dark writings of Edgar Allan Poe attempts to create the feeling of being buried alive. Tickets are $20.

Info: chambersofpoe.com

Macabre Cinema Haunted House

When: 8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: 1222 W. 12th St. in the West Bottoms

What: Relive scenes from horror movies in this house built to resemble a 1930s-era movie theater. Featuring movie sets from “The Mummy” and “Hellraiser” and four floors of entertainment. Tickets are $20.

Info: macabrecinema.com

Kansas City Ghosts and Gangsters Tour

When: 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: 1300 W. 12th St. in the West Bottoms

What: The two-hour bus tour explores some of Kansas City’s historical landmarks, including the allegedly haunted St. Mary’s Church and Union Station. Tours leave from the Edge of Hell haunted house. Tickets are $30.

Info: kcghostsandgangsterstour.com

Kansas City Ghosts Hunt: A Special Paranormal Investigation

When: Thursday and Sunday (hours vary)

Where: 1100 Santa Fe St. in the West Bottoms

What : Aspiring ghostbusters take heed: This tour pairs you with a paranormal guide who’ll instruct you in the ways of ghost hunting. Participants use EVPs (electronic Voice phenomena) and measure EMF (electromagnetic field) as they move through the Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe haunted house.

Info: kcghostsandgangsterstour.com


  1. 2 years, 12 months ago

    You missed the best Halloween party in KC!! Pandemonium at the Temple… $50 for all you can drink, LIVE CONCERT by the Cataracs, Silver Medallion… hosted, mc’d and DJ’d by Mix 93’s Steve Serrano.. six DJ’s, four rooms, two levels… creepily decorated by Halloween Express… and the place is haunted!!! tix and details at http://www.KCHalloween.com

  2. 2 years, 12 months ago

    You forgot perhaps the best Halloween party in Kansas City. “Pandemonium at The Temple” with The Cataracs and Silver Medallion LIVE in concert at the haunted Temple of Kansas City.

    What: “Pandemonium at the Temple”

    When: Saturday, October 27th; 7:00-2:30am (VIP), 9:00-2:30am (GA)

    Where: Scottish Rite Temple, 1330 East Linwood Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64109

    Tickets: http://www.KCHalloween.com; $50, ages 21+, includes 7-hour open bar and full concert performances by The Cataracs and Silver Medallion

    About: Pandemonium at the Temple is a Halloween costume party decked-out with spooky decor and features live concert performances from The Cataracs and Silver Medallion. The event features a 7 hour open bar, 2 levels of chilling decor, 6 DJ’s, 4 party areas, state-of-the-art sound and lights, costume contests and a thousand costumed young professionals. The Cataracs, best-known for US chart-topping “Like a G6” and “Bass Down Low,” offer a refreshing alternative to typically DJ-heavy Halloween events in Kansas City. Silver Medallion is the hottest up-can-comer from the EDM scene in NYC. His online hits include “Stay Young,” “All I Ask”, and just-released “Hey Cinderella.” Steve Serrano of Mix 93.3 keeps the party going all night long as the Pandemonium DJ and MC. Pandemonium’s location, The Temple, is a certified “Class A Paranormal Location,” as it has been well documented and recorded by several paranormal investigators. Pandemonium sponsor, Halloween Express, guarantees ghosts, goblins and other creepy decor will haunt your Halloween celebration.

    Tickets/Info: http://wwwKCHalloween.com, @KCHalloween, Facebook.com/KCHalloween

  3. 2 years, 12 months ago

    damn i heard about the You missed the best Halloween party in KC!! is there another one this year?


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