Halloween is on a scary-fast approach and so are all of the great events that come with it. From haunted houses and trail rides to guided tours and storytelling, we are going to cover our top 10 favorite halloween attractions for the local and surrounding area.
1. Ghost Hunting 101 is being offered again this year due to the extremely high demand from the public. Katherine Webster leads this exciting, in-the-trenches style class and brings her professional ghost hunting equipment to Lorimier Cemetery. She is co-founder and lead investigator with the newly-named Paranormal Investigators Alliance and writes “Ghost Written,” a blog on the Southeast Missourian’s Web site. Read more.
2. Haunted Downtown Walking Tours are a fun and exciting way to explore the haunted history of downtown Cape Girardeau. Local photographer Tom Neumeyer and our very own Christy Mershon will lead you through the darkness by lantern light as they tell “true” tales of ghosts, memorable characters, and landmark buildings. The loop is approximately 1.8 miles of flat sidewalks so put on your most comfortable sneakers and join us on this thrilling journey. Read more.
3. Ghost Storytelling is presented by Southeast Missouri State University and the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau, and it’s a spine-tingling, must-see spooky show! Every year the CVB head-hunts some of the nations best haunted story tellers and brings them right here to Cape. Get ready to hear some of the most chilling tales in a very spooktacular setting brought to you by the phenomenal tech crew of the River Campus.
“Brian “Fox” Ellis and Megan Hicks will be performing at 2 & 7 p.m. Saturday October 13th, 2012 at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. Both shows will feature unique content, so be sure to take advantage of our two-show discount of $20 for both shows! Tickets are available at RiverCampusEvents.com as of September 4th. Learn more about ticket pricing and how to purchase yours, click here.”
4. Halloween Science Night! Yeah, you read that right; Halloween Science Night. Not only is it incredibly educational and fun for the whole family (recommended for kids ages 5-12), but it’s also very, very FREE! Okay, so it’s not at all scary, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t take you on a Halloween thrill ride.
“Using ‘trick-or-treating’ as a back drop, participants travel to various rooms across campus to experience exciting Halloween-themed science events. Past rooms have included the infamous ‘Mucus Lab’ and the ‘Creepy Creatures’ room. Every room involves hands-on, experiential learning where you are a part of the action. Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume for an evening of science and fun… where you just might learn something!”
Click here for more details and to get signed up today.
5. The Haunted Hall of Horrors has been taking place in Cape for years but it never gets old and if you’ve never been, you seriously need to grab some friends or the family and go. The City of Cape Girardeau’s Parks and Recreation Department has always done an outstanding job putting together a clean, family-friendly haunted house. The A. C. Brase Arena will be as spooky as ever and full of creepy characters so get ready to have a “frightfully good time”. For a full list of dates, times, and prices, click here to read more.
6. Show-Me Fear at Beggs Family Farm is just a short, 24-mile drive from Cape and is an absolute must see. With 3 horrifying, heart-stopping attractions such as Phobe’s Dead Shed and Phobe’s Cursed Fields, you may wet your pants or run out crying for your mommy. According to ShowMeFear.com, these attractions are designed for teenagers and adults, and are not recommended for kids under the age of 12. I’m definitely going. Are you? Read more.
7. The Halloween Hoopla is taking place for the second year now and if you think you have the best costume around, head on over to the Shawnee Park Center to enter the contest. The contest is only $1 and they give out awesome prizes. The Halloween Hoopla also has many freaky-fun games and activities that only cost 50 cents. 50 CENTS! That’s less than a can of soda these days and lets face it, who needs soda when you have all that candy? Read More.
8. Light Fright Night was put together by City of Cape Girardeau’s Parks and Recreation Department “for children who can’t handle too much fright”. I don’t know about you but this sounds like a great idea to me and if I had kids we would be checking out this event located at the A. C. Brase Arena on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 5-8 pm. For more information about this event call 573-339-6340.
9. Murder Mystery Dinner anyone? Grab 7or 8 of your closest friends and get ready for an evening of dinner, drinks, and death! Christy Mershon of Extended and Continuing Education loves putting together these Murder Mysteries and if you love acting, eating, and drinking, give her a call at (573) 986-7399 for more info or to set up a date that works best for you and your friends.
10. Pumpkin Carving at the Cape Public Library is a cool place for both kids and adults. “Funny or scary, come try your hand at transforming a plain pumpkin into a wonderful jack-o-lantern. BYOP-Bring your own pumpkin!” Read more.
Thanks for reading. If you want to talk about an event or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.