Halloween In St. Louis: A MapQuest Guide
From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in St. Louis that are sure to be a scream.
— Shellie Braeuner
The Lemp Brewery
Spirits of all kinds abound at the Lemp Brewery. Named one of the Top Ten Real Haunted Places in the Country by Hauntworld, the Lemp Brewery and mansion (a separate attraction) have been investigated by scores of paranormal explorers. The 1860s mansion was the scene for a startling number of personal tragedies that befell the Lemp family, one of St. Louis's most accomplished and richest beer dynasties. The mansion was featured on MTV in that network's show Fear. In 2009, Haunted Production renovated the brewery into a premier haunted house. Visitors go five floors below street level, into the Lamp's network of caves and tunnels. Yearly additions make the attraction longer and scarier. This attraction is open to adults and teens. Visitors (or victims) under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
3500 Lemp Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63118 | Get Directions
When is a haunted house not a haunted house? When it’s a “Not-So-Haunted-House.” The Magic House of the St. Louis Children’s Museum gives families with young children an alternative to the frightening images of the traditional haunted house. Children are encouraged to come in costume. Upon arriving, children receive autograph books. As they trick-or-treat around the house, children meet and greet their favorite fairytale and storybook characters, collecting autographs as they go along.
516 S. Kirkwood Rd., St. Louis, MO 63122 | Get Directions
GO! St. Louis Halloween Fun Run
Get ready to eat all that Halloween candy by running off the calories first. GO! St. Louis sponsors a yearly Halloween Fun Run in mid-October. Seasoned runners compete in a 10K race for cash prizes and medals. Families enjoy the 1-mile fun run. There are plenty of amusing and scary characters along the route to add to the festive nature of the event. Don’t forget to dress up -- the race ends with a costume contest. GO! St. Louis takes the first 1,000 applicants for the Fun Run and the first 6,000 applicants in the 10K race, so interested participants should sign up early.
1315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO 63103 | Get Directions
St. Louis' bravest souls can tour the haunted Lemp Brewery.
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