When I was a kid Halloween consisted of a single night of trick-or-treating door-to-door in our neighborhood and a costume parade at our elementary school. Now Halloween lasts for days with dozens of opportunities to celebrate, some of which don’t even involve candy! There’s fun to be had at Bass Pro Shops, Michaels, Going Bonkers, HyVee and trick or trunk at local churches. But if you’re looking for something different than the usual, these are the must attend events.
Wednesday, October 26th
STEPHENS COLLEGE SAFE TRICK OR TREAT
Ages: grade school and under
Place: Lela Raney Wood Hall, Stephens College
Thursday, October 27
HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY
We will have some kooky games, food and candy for all. So, put on your costume and join us for a party to remember! Pre-registration required.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Stephens Lake Activity Center, 2311 E. Walnut
ROCHEPORT MONSTER MUNCH
Trick-or-Treat your way around Rocheport from 5 pm – 8 pm in an event for the whole family! Enjoy Mom’s Originals Pretzels, Fitz’s, Happy Apple and many more Agri-Missouri Treats in the historic town of Rocheport. Pumpkin lanterns will light your way through this Halloween Themed night of fall fun and frivolity. Visit the quaint antique shops and hidden jewels of Rocheport to discover treats for the whole family. This event is FREE and open to the public!
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 28
HALLOWEENIE IN THE DISTRICT
Are you teeny? Then come to Halloweenie! A safe and fun time for the little ones, come down to The District and trick-or-treat at your favorite stores and restaurants.
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: The District – Columbia, Missouri
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
BYOBW – “TRACK” OR TREAT (Bring Your Own Big Wheel)
Riders ages 3-6 can bring their fanciest Big Wheel, Tricycle, or other pedal powered vehicle and cruise the ARC track while dressed in costume. Medals and prizes will be awarded to all riders and mileage will be recorded. Numerous Halloween props will be available for pics so don’t forget your camera! All equipment must be clean and approved by event staff before entering the track surface. No bicycles please! Event is sponsored by the ARC & Mayor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Health. Pre-registration required.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Location: ARC, 1701 W. Ash
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31
TIGER NIGHT OF FUN
Don’t miss the annual free alternative to going door-to-door Halloween night for candy! Tiger Night of Fun will feature games, activities and plenty of treats! Bring your parents, join us and have a great and safe time! Wear your costume and bring your trick-or-treat bag. We’ll have a screaming good time!
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ages: 6th grade and younger
Location: Hearnes Center Fieldhouse, east entrance
“IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN”
Revisit the classic 1966 animated special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” in which Charles Schulz’s Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween. Linus hopes that he will finally be visited by the Great Pumpkin, while Charlie Brown is invited to a Halloween party. Costumes welcome.
Time: 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia Public Library, Children’s Program Room