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Halloween Happenings 2013

Pumpkinland 2013 is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays through Thursday, Oct. 31 at 3120 Creve Coeur Mill Road South in Maryland Heights. A play area, wagon ride, corn maze and more are featured. Admission is $6 for children aged 2-14 and $3.75 for older guests. Call (314) 469-7559, or visit thiesfarm.com.

A Pumpkin Patch is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and fromnoon-6 p.m. on Sundays through Thursday, Oct. 31 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 327 Woods Mill Road in Manchester. Pumpkins of all sizes, gourds and mums are available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting First Step Back Home. Visit goodshepherdlutheran.com.

The city of Manchester sponsors Spooktacular Homes, an outdoor Halloween decorating contest, with judging taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 23. To be eligible, a residence must be within the Manchester city limits. For contest details and an entry form, visit manchestermo.gov. Call 391-6326, ext. 400, for more information.

Dave Riordan of Haunted History Tours presents Haunted St. Louis at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in Room 1 of the St. Louis County Library’s Grand Glaize branch, 1010 Meramec Station Road in Manchester. Riordan presents on spooky local lore, and guests make a Halloween decoration. The event is geared for adults. Registration is requested. Call 994-3300, or visit slcl.org.

The Not-So-Haunted House is open the weekends of Oct. 18-20 and 25-27 at The Magic House in Kirkwood. Kids of all ages are welcome to dress in Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat while getting autographs from their favorite storybook characters. Kids ages 5-14 are invited to enter the mazes of the Haunted Trail in the darkness, armed with a flashlight. The event is included with regular admission of $9.50 per person. Call (314) 822-8900, or visit magichouse.org.

Yappy Howl-O-Ween is from 4-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at Chesterfield Dog Park, located in Eberwein Park, 1657 Old Baxter Road. Dogs are welcome to come in costume. A photographer will be there to snap photos, and the Treats Unleashed Treat Truck will be on site. Hors d-oeuvres and music are provided; guests may bring their own drinks. Treats are provided for dogs. Admission is free for dog park members and $5 for non-members (most recent vaccination records are required. To RSVP, call 812-9500 by Oct. 16.

The annual Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Gumbo Flats 5K and 10K Pumpkin Run/Walk and Children’s Fun Run is at 8 a.m. (Fun Run for kids 10 and younger is at 9 a.m.) on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Chesterfield Towne Centre, located at the corner of Long Road and Edison Avenue in Chesterfield Valley. Costumes are encouraged for kids and adults. Awards are given to first-, second- and third-place male and female overall winners and finishers in various age categories, and all Fun Run participants receive a completion award. Participants receive a T-shirt. A portion of proceeds benefit Wings of Hope. Applications are available at the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, 101 Chesterfield Business Parkway. For registration fee information and to register online, visit ffstl.com/race/gumbo. For more information, call 532-3399.

The Ballwin race series gets scary with the Zombie Chase Trail Run at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Castlewood State Park. Participants must reach each checkpoint on the map wile avoiding being caught by zombies. Each participant receives a lifeline (flag football flag); if the flag is taken by a zombie, a time penalty is assessed. Online and walk-in registration closes at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Call 227-8580, or visit ballwin.mo.us.

A Family Fall Festival is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 327 Woods Mill Road in Manchester. The fun-filled day includes games, crafts and face painting for kids, free popcorn, a bake sale and pumpkins for sale in the Pumpkin Patch. The activities are free with items for sale. All proceeds benefit First Step Back Home. Bring a camera and take a picture at the photo spot. Visit goodshepherdlutheran.com.

Boo Fest is at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater in Central Park. Games and art activities (4:30-6:30 p.m.), a pumpkin race (5:30 p.m.) and a showing of “Monster House” (approximately 6:30 p.m.) are featured. The admission fee is $6 for kids 12 and younger prior to Oct. 19 and $8 on the day of the event and includes a hot dog, chips and a drink. The first 300 children receive a treat bag. The concession stand will be open. Register from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday at Chesterfield City Hall, 690 Chesterfield Parkway West. Call 537-4000, or visit chesterfield.mo.us.

The St. Louis County Library hosts a Halloween Spooktacular for kids aged 2-6 at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 21 in Room 1 at its Grand Glaize Branch, 1010 Meramec Station Road in Manchester. “Un-scary” Halloween fun, games, stories and songs are featured. Registration is required. Call 994-3300, or visit slcl.org.

The Manchester Halloween Festival is at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. (choose one time) on Friday, Oct. 25 at Paul A. Schroeder Park. The non-scary event (no frightening costumes, masks or makeup) is for kids ages 2-12 and their parents. Games, pumpkins, a hayride, face painting and more are featured. Tickets are $4 for residents/$5 for non-residents. Everyone aged 2 and older must have a ticket. Tickets are sold in advance at manchestermo.gov.

Halloween at the Y is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Wildwood Family YMCA. Pony rides, a cakewalk, haunted garden, bounce house, monster mash dance, crafts and cookie decorating, goodies and prizes are featured. Hot dogs and concessions are available. Admission is $20 per family in advance through Oct. 23/$25 per family at the door. Registration is encouraged. Call 458-6636, or visit ymcastlouis.org/wildwood.

A Pumpkin Prowl is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Multipurpose Room at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive. Young children and their families are invited to don their costumes and enjoy games, prizes, a magician, face painting and snacks. Registration is required. Call 422-2244, or visit calendar.stlcc.edu, and click on the event date.

Trunk or Treat is from 6:30-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 327 Woods Mill Road in Manchester. All are welcome at the family-friendly Halloween celebration that features games and crafts in the gym and collecting treats from trunks on the parking lot. Call 391-6685, or visit goodshepherdlutheran.com.

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