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Ink’s Halloween Guide: 51 events and costume parties

Carved pumpkins will be along the Jack O' Lantern walk this Friday and Saturday at Powell Gardens' annual Spooktacular.

The Kansas City Zoo's Boo at the Zoo will be held Oct. 27 and 28.

Terror 10, the Bacchus Foundation and O.E. Ellis Foundation’s annual costume party, will be held Oct. 26 at Union Station.

Check our list to find out which bars will have special Halloween-themed drinks.

Local band Making Movies will perform as part of the Dia de los Muertos show and costume party on Oct. 26 at RecordBar.

Before the annual Halloween parade, some businesses on the Independence square passed out candy to trick-or-treaters. This year's parade will be held Oct. 27.

The Beast is one of several haunted houses open this month in the West Bottoms.

The Power & Light District will hold a costume contest at midnight on Oct. 27.

Haunted houses and tours

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 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

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

Kansas City Ghosts and Gansters 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

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

2012 John Wornall House Museum Ghost Tours

When: 6, 7, 8 9 p.m. Saturday; 6, 7, 8, 9 p.m. Oct. 26 and Oct. 27; 6, 7, 8, 9 p.m. Oct. 31.

Where: The John Wornall House Museum, 6115 Wornall Road

What: This tour is lit by lantern and takes visitors through the John Wornall House, which was built in 1858. Tickets are $15, and advance reservations are highly encouraged.

Info: wornallhouse.org

2012 John Wornall House Museum Paranormal Investigations

When: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 26 and Oct. 27; 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 31. Where: The John Wornall House Museum, 6115 Wornall Road

What: Participants learn how to use ghost-hunting equipment and track down the paranormal in this four-hour, late-night tour. Investigators from Paranormal Distraction and ELITE Paranormal of Kansas City lead the way and answer questions.

Info: wornallhouse.org



‘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: 5:20 p.m.

Where: The Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave.

What: Music by Hammerlord, the region’s most popular thrash band, Troglodyte, At the Left Hand of God, Tennessee Murder Club, Enemies Laid to Rest, In the Shadow, David Hasselhoff On Acid and High Rise Robots. Tickets are $10.



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


Replay Lounge

When: 10 p.m.

Where: 946 Massachusetts St., Lawrence

What: Scary Manilow’s annual party with live music by Ponyboy, Pale Hearts and Sister Rat. Admission is $3.

Info: replaylounge.com

Burlesque Downtown Underground

When: 8 p.m.

Where: The Red Room in Nica’s 320, 320 Southwest Blvd.

What: The local burlesque troupe’s fifth annual Halloween-inspired performance called “Spooktacular! Spooktacular!” Tickets are $10 at the door.

Info: facebook.com/events/120253831459501


Terror at the Train Station 10

When: 8 p.m.-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


When: 9:30 p.m.

Where: 1020 Westport Road

What: Dia de los Muertos show and costume party with music by Making Movies and DJ Brent Tactic. Admission is $10.

Info: therecordbar.com, 816.753.5207

The Night Halloween Blacked Out Part II

When: 8 p.m.-1 a.m.

Where: The Valentine Room in theUptown Theater, 3700 Broadway

What: All you can drink beer, wine and premium liquor, DJs and a costume contest with prizes. Tickets are $35.

Info: uptowntheater.com, kcblackedout.com


Halloween Cometh

When: 10 p.m.

Where: The Brooksider Bar and Grill, 6330 Brookside Plaza

What: The two-night, sixth annual event features live music from The Zeros. Costume contest both nights, with a $500 cash prize on Friday and a $1,000 cash prize Saturday.

Info: brooksiderbarandgrill.com, 816.363.4070


Pandemonium at the Temple

When: 9 p.m. (7 p.m. for VIP)

Where: Scottish Rite Temple, 1330 E. Linwood Blvd.

What: Mix 93.3’s Steve Serrano hosts the Halloween costume party with DJs, live music from The Cataracs and Silver Medallion and different party areas spread across two floors. There’s also an open bar running all night. Tickets are $50-$75, with VIP options available.

Info: kchalloween.com

KC Live! Haunted House Party

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Power & Light District

What: Fifth annual party includes a costume contest at midnight, more than $5,000 in prizes and music from DJ Mike Scott. Venues participating include Shark Bar, Howl at the Moon, PBR Big Sky, Angels Rock Bar, Mosaic Lounge, Tengo Sed Cantina, Johnny’s Tavern, Pizza Bar, McFadden’s Sports Saloon and Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge.

Info: powerandlightdistrict.com

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

Trick or Treat on the Farm and Boooo Barn

When: 1-4 p.m.

Where: National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame, 630 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs

What: Trick-or-treat in FarmTown USA and miniature train and wagon rides. There’s also a costume show, spooky stories and tours through the haunted barn. $5. Kids younger than 1 and members are free.

Info: aghalloffame.com, 913.721.1075

Come Az You Aren’t

When: 7 p.m.

Where: One 8 Oak Event Space, 1814 Oak

What: Food and drinks, raffles, a costume contest and music by Drew 6 and DJ Kirby. The party benefits Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City. Tickets are $75 each or two for $130.

Info:  eventbrite.com

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

Creepy Crawl

When: 1-5 p.m.

Where: Gusto Lounge, The Riot Room, Union, Buzzard Beach, RecordBar in Westport

What: Pub crawl sponsored by the Midwest Music Foundation and Ink benefits local musicians going to SXSW. Prizes and a team costume contest. Tickets are $25.

Info:  theriotroom.com

** Howl-O-Ween Bash

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Howl at the Moon, 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

Halloween Zombie Apocalypse

When: 9 p.m.

Where: McFadden’s Sports Saloon, 1330 Grand Blvd. in the Power & Light District

What: Sports bar features a costume contest with prizes and a chance for a spot in the KC Live! Haunted House Party competition.

Info: mcfaddenskc.com, 816.471.1330

Zombie Apocalypse

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Z Strike, 1370 Grand Blvd. in the Power & Light District

What: The bowling alley has a $25 package that includes domestic drafts and wells from 9 p.m. to midnight, plus drink specials from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Music by DJ Kittie.

Info: z-strike.com, 816.471.2316

Rocky Horror Pizza Bar

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Pizza Bar,1320 Grand Blvd. in the Power & Light District

What: Halloween-themed drink specials and a face painter.

Info: pizzabarkc.com, 816.799.2362

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

Free Comic Book Day of The Dead

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Elite Comics, 11842 Quivera Road, Overland Park

What: The comic shop’s free comic book day includes free comics, candy, face painting and a costume contest. Signing and sketching by comic book artists and a “zombie rights” protest out front. The event is free.

Info: elitecomics.wordpress.com, 913.345.9910


** 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


‘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

** Super Halloween Comic Con Spectacular

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park

What: The free inaugural event centers on comic books and pop culture as well as Halloween. There are cash prizes for the costume contest, which starts at 2:30 p.m., plus toys, comics and collectibles.

Info : facebook.com/kcsupercomicshow

** 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

** The Backroom

When: 9 p.m.

Where: The Backroom Ultra Dive Lounge, inside The Point Bar & Grill, 917 W. 44th St.

What: Outer-space-themed party includes a best alien costume contest with cash prizes and music from DJ Mike Scott.


Avery Beer Dinner

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Swagger, 13401 Holmes Road

What: Beers are named after the devil, with the last beer named “Salvation.” Cost is $40 person.

Info: swaggerkc.com, 816.361.4388

** RU Haunted?

When: 6-8:30 p.m.

Where: Rockhurst University, 54th Street and Troost Avenue

What: The university’s theater, math and physics departments combine to give interactive tours through the university’s Sedgwick Hall. Among the stops is a haunted ER. More than 150 students will provide commentary during the tours.

Info: rockhurst.edu


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

Burlesque Downtown Underground’s “Spooktacular! Spooktacular!”

When: 8 p.m.

Where: The Red Room in Nica’s 320, 320 Southwest Blvd.

What: Burlesque Downtown Underground puts on a Halloween-inspired performance. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Info: kcburlesque.com

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

Shark Bar and McFadden’s Halloween II

When: 8-11 p.m.

Where: 1340 and 1330 Grand Blvd.

What: The two Power & Light venues combine forces for a Halloween-night party featuring a bottomless cup special.

Info: sharkbarkc.com, mcfaddenskc.com


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    Independent Film Coalition “Horror Fest”

    When: 7:30 p.m.

    Where: The Uptown Arts Bar, 3611 Broadway

    What: Film screenings and costume party; no cover

    Info: www.uptownartsbar.com, 816-960-4611

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    CORRECTION: There is a $5 cover, except for those in costume (preferably as a movie character). Those arriving in costume will be admitted free of charge.

  3. 2 years, 11 months ago


    The All Star Rock Bar ASA Masquerade at The All Star Rock Bar hosted by Kansas City’s own Alice Sweet Alice (www.alicesweetalice.com)

    ONLINE TICKET & INFO. LINK! http://www.alicesweetalice.com/asaevents

    Tickets are $5. ALL AGES! Do not miss this family-oriented, fun event with fantastic food and great alternative rock bands!

    Kids 12 and under get in FREE!

    This All Ages Costume Party has prizes for costumes, Live Music, Circus Sideshows, Green Screen photography, trick or treat on patio and more! For a small additional charge, attendees can enjoy fine Halloween-themed food created by All Star Rock Bar’s fantastic chef! Prizes for costumes will include lots of freebies from the bands, venue and vendors, and the grand prize will be $200 to one lucky winner!


    -ALICE SWEET ALICE - 9:00 to 9:45 - (http://facebook.com/alicesweetalice) -ALUNA - 8:05 to 8:45 - (https://www.facebook.com/alunamusic1) -THE GREEN MUSIC BROTHERS - 7:15 to 7:50 - (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Green-Music-Brothers/161932653889786) -FUNKEE NOOSA - 6:20 to 7:00 - (https://www.facebook.com/funkeenoosa) -ATOMIC PAJAMA PARTY - 5:25 to 6:05 - (https://www.facebook.com/atomicpajamaparty) -FAITHFUL DISTORTION - 4:30PM to 5:10 - (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faithful-Distortion/380705920005)

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