A Haunting Good Time in Springfield, Missouri

October is all about pumpkins, fun and, of course, spooky events! Whether it’s getting scared out of your wits, trick-or-treating the night away or pub crawling, Springfield has it all.
F6132325938d603cce35e2a9156385903d41c22b celine r 2019 150 Written by Celine Roberts on October 08, 2019.

October is all about pumpkins, fun and, of course, spooky events! Whether it’s getting scared out of your wits, trick-or-treating the night away or pub crawling, Springfield has it all. 

Fun for All Ages

Pets and Pumpkins is one of those annual events no one wants to miss. Let’s face it, any event where we can bring our four-legged friends to is a fun affair. Returning to the Historic Park Central Square, Pets and Pumpkins is happening rain or shine! Dress up your pets, your children and yourself in your Halloween best to participate in the costume contest and walking parade. From noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 19 visitors can delight in bountiful fun and activities.

Good to be Bad Halloween Spectacular at the Discovery Center of Springfield is perfect for children of all ages. Dodge spooky villains and mad scientists, if you dare, as they roam the multi-floor educational museum. With more than 300 hands-on exhibits to explore, attendees can experience science like never before. Become a mad scientist yourself or create to inspire; there are no limits at the Discovery Center’s Halloween Spectacular 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26.

Historic C-Street in Springfield has a knack for throwing amazing family-friendly parties to fit the season and hundreds look forward to the annual Thriller on C-Street event. Dozens of "Thriller" enthusiasts gather throughout the year to practice Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller dance in preparation for this one-day event. Celebrating its 10th-anniversary Oct. 10, Thriller on C-Street will have two performances, the first beginning at 3:30 p.m. and the second at 7 p.m. and will include a DJ, games and much more!  


Hotel of Terror is Springfield’s longest-running scare-house. Open since October 1978, this horror-filled adventure takes guests through multiple rooms where danger and dismay lurk around every corner. Though all ages are welcome, come prepared for the fright of a lifetime; you never know what you will find waiting for you. Walk the halls of Hotel of Terror,  open through Nov. 2, if you think you can handle it.

Pythian Castle is Springfield’s only castle and it is chock-full of history. Offering a wide variety of events it is a must-do here in town, especially at this time of year. Ghost Tours are offered year-round but they are even scarier during this spooktacular time of year. Night tours are offered on Tuesdays and Fridays and include a brief history of the castle. Patron’s have reported feeling soft, cold breezes sweep past them in the basement and have even seen apparitions during their visit. Book your tour, if you have the stomach for it.

The Gillioz Theatre presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show for its seventh annual showing of the classic film. Giving a little extra this year, Springfield Little Theatre and Gillioz are collaborating to produce two showings! “Don’t dream it; be it,” said Dr. Frank N. Furter, all those years ago and this is your chance. Doors open at 5:30 p.m for the most fun Rocky Horror party featuring costume contests, interactive kits, commemorative t-shirts and drawings for prizes! Let the Historic Gillioz “take you on a strange journey” Oct. 26.

Springfield’s largest costume party just so happens to be the much anticipated Queen City Halloween Pub Crawl. Set for 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Oct. 26, it’s the scariest, most over-the-top and outlandish costumed event with attendees flooding the streets of downtown Springfield. For only $15 people can hop from one of 15 bars to the next to experience downtown's nightlife and make a few new friends along the way.     

Trick or Treat?

The Rountree Halloween Parade is the largest parade of the fall season. Hosted Oct. 31 on South Weller Avenue, the costume parade begins at East Delmar Street and ends at East  Lombard Street. Known for the wonderfully decorated homes and considered some of the best trick-or-treating in the city, Rountree is the place to be for Halloween. Fun for the whole family, visitors to the neighborhood can run or walk from house to house to grab candy from the devoted folks who live and love this quaint neighborhood. Completely free, there is no reason not to be at Rountree.

Mall-O-Ween is an annual, indoor trick-or-treat event hosted by the Battlefield Mall in Springfield from 6-8 p.m Oct. 26. Participating retailers will hand out goodies to attendees along with a few scares and hearty laughs. No need to worry about the weather here, just dress up and have fun at Simon’s Battlefield Mall.

Sensory Safe Trick-or-Treat at the Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque is a free community event perfect for littles with special needs. Dedicated to minimizing sensory stimulation, Include Ozarks has designed an all-inclusive fun Halloween event. Families will need to register for a trick-or-treat time slot so that sensory stimulators can be kept at a minimum. Sign up now for your time slot between 3 and 7 p.m. Oct. 27.

To stay up to date with events happening in and around Springfield be sure to check out www.springfieldmo.org/events or to subscribe to our weekly newsletter just click the link https://www.springfieldmo.org/newsletter.

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